Program Requirements

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

Required Courses:

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Summer IICredit Hours
GDC 8001 Seminar in Media, Communication and Development 3
 Credit Hours3
GDC 8003 Research Approaches in Communication, Development and Social Change 3
MSP 8254 Public Information Media Campaigns 3
MSP 8275 #ourmedia: Community, Activist, Citizens' and Radical Media 3
Specialization Course 1 3
 Credit Hours12
GDC 8002 Communication for Social Change Project Design 3
JRN 5213 Solutions Journalism 3
Two Specialization Courses 1 6
 Credit Hours12
GDC 9995 Master's Research Project 3
 Credit Hours3
 Total Credit Hours30

Students choose three courses in one area of specialization. Coursework options can be identified by contacting the Program Director. In addition, courses from across the University may be selected by students as they design their own specializations.

Culminating Event:
Capstone Course:
GDC 9995 Master's Research Project is a hybrid course in which students meet with the course instructor early in the Summer term and then complete their field experiences independently during the summer under the supervision and evaluation of the instructor. Research projects can include internships with governmental and non-governmental organizations, investigative projects with socially responsible businesses, participation in community development initiatives, or media productions for social changes that allow students to acquire knowledge and new skills and become more reflective development practitioners.