Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30

Required Courses:

Year 1
Summer IICredit Hours
GDC 8001Seminar in Media, Communication and Development3
 Term Credit Hours3
GDC 8003Research Approaches in Communication, Development and Social Change3
MSP 8275#ourmedia: Community, Activist, Citizens' and Radical Media3
Two Specialization Courses16
 Term Credit Hours12
GDC 8002Development Communication Project Design and Management3
JRN 5213Solutions Journalism3
MSP 8254Public Information Campaigns3
Specialization Course13
 Term Credit Hours12
GDC 8089Field Experience3
 Term Credit Hours3
 Total Credit Hours: 30

Students choose three courses in one area of specialization. Coursework options are identified at for each of the six specializations: Community Development; Conflict, Peace and Human Rights; Media Development and Advocacy; Policy, Planning and Governance; Public Health; and Sustainability and the Environment. Additional courses from across the University can be employed in student-designed specializations.

Culminating Events:
Capstone Course:
The hybrid capstone course, GDC 8089 Field Experience, takes the form of an internship, special project, or service learning experience. It is offered in the Summer term.