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Professor Neil M. Malamuth, Chair
Professor Vincent Price, Associate Chair
May be elected as a departmental concentration program
Frank Beaver, Film history, film production
Neil M. Malamuth, media effects, pornography, relationships between men and women
Marion T. Marzolf, Journalism history, journalistic ethics and criticism, information gathering
John Stevens, Media law, media history, news writing
Michael Traugott, Political communication
Richard L. Allen, Intercultural communication, blacks and the media, persuasive communication
Charles Eisendrath, Foreign correspondence
Richard Campbell, Media and society
Hilary Cohen, Media and the arts
Hayg Oshagan, Public opinion, methodology
Andra Press, Sociology of communication, feminism theories
Vincent Price, Communication theory and methodology, media and public opinion
Jimmie L. Reeves, Media criticism, history, and writing
Holli Semetko, International and political communication
Visiting Professor and Executive Editor
Jonathan Friendly, News reporting and journalistic ethics
Visiting Assistant Professor
Christopher L. Heavy, Marriage, family, and interpersonal communication
Donald J. Kubit, News writing, Information gathering
Terri Lee Sarris, Radio/TV production and writing
Alan S. Young, New technology
David Bishop, Journalistic ethics and reporting
Jon Hall, Reporting
Katherine Hurbis-Cherrier, Screenwriting
Mick Hurbis-Cherrier, Screenwriting
Joan Lowenstein, Media Law
Barbara McAdam, Information Gathering
Barbara Morris, Analyzing TV
Brownson Murray, Media Law
Doug Rideout, Film Production
Linda Terhaar, Information Gathering
Professors Emeriti Henry Austin, Dean C. Baker, Charles F. Cannell, John V. Field, Garnet R. Garrison, Graham B. Hovey, Howard H. Martin, Wesley H. Maurer, William Porter, Edward Stasheff, Alfred Storey, Leland Stowe, Edgar Willis.
Undergraduate concentrators in mass communication study the structure, processes and effects of mass communication. Several scholarly approaches to media research are represented in the curriculum, including historical, legal, cultural, institutional and effects orientations. The analytical diversity of the field is reflected in the variety of classes offered, which range from examinations of the mass media and persuasion, to politics, public opinion, law, history, organizations, and popular culture. The department also offers a number of skills courses on news reporting, television and film production, and writing for the mass media. The undergraduate concentration is not intended as preparation for professional careers in media. The Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication provides students with a deeper understanding of the role of mass communication in society.
Prerequisites to Concentration. Communication 103.
Concentration Program. A total of 30 credits of courses beyond 100-level introductory courses. These must include the following:
1. Areas of Communication One course must be taken from each area. The areas of study and the courses satisfying each requirement are:
a. Historical and Legal Issues: Comm. 202, 400, 403.
b. Media Criticism and Analysis: Comm. 320, 405, 417.
c. Mass Communication Processes and Effects: Comm. 301, 312, 552.
2. Advanced Writing Requirement: One Advanced Writing Course (AWC) from the following: Comm. 290, 302, 409, 427, 428.
3. Cognate: Nine credits of cognate work from a single other discipline at the 300-level or above. These credits must be approved by a communication counselor.
4. Electives: Nine credits of courses in Communication. All courses not used to satisfy area or AWC requirements are considered electives, excepting Comm 450 (Internship).
Honors Program. The Honors Program in Communication is available in senior year to students with a grade point average by their final term of junior year of 3.5 in communication courses and 3.2 overall. Make an appointment with the Department's Honors Advisor. Ask for an information sheet on the Honors Program in Communication at the Department office (2020 Frieze).
A.B./M.A. Journalism Program. This dual-degree program is for outstanding seniors at The University of Michigan with aptitude and interest in journalism graduate education. One or two exceptional students are admitted in the fall term of the senior year. See the Department Chair or Director of the Master's Program in Journalism for information.
Advising and Counseling. Counseling appointments are scheduled at 1213 Angell. Prospective concentrators should schedule an appointment with a concentration advisor during the second term of the sophomore year. Most students continue to see an advisor at least once a year. In any case, students consult an advisor during the first term of the senior year to ensure that required courses will be completed for graduation.
Broadcasting and Print Journalism Facilities. The department has audiovisual viewing carrels, audio and television studio facilities, field production equipment for film and video production, and editing suites for film and videotape for producing entertainment, news and documentary programs. Computer-equipped writing labs facilitate newsroom simulation and lab production.
Research on Journalistic Performance. The department administers the Howard R. Marsh Center for the Study of Journalistic Performance. This endowed facility studies questions of journalistic ethics and functions in American life. A visiting professorship in journalism is also supported by a gift by Howard R. Marsh. The Marsh Center brings invited editors, publishers, communication theorists, and broadcasters to the campus during the academic year.
The Avery Hopwood and Jule Hopwood Awards in Creative Writing. Under the terms of the will of Avery Hopwood, a member of the Class of 1905, the annual income from a generous endowment fund is distributed in prizes for creative work in four fields: dramatic writing, fiction, poetry, and the essay. Competition is open to qualified students enrolled in any school or college of the University. However, contestants must elect a designated writing course through the Department of English Language and Literature, the Department of Engineering Humanities, the Department of Communication or the Department of Theatre and Drama. For full information about the conditions of competition, contact the Chairman of the Committee on the Hopwood Awards (1006 Angell Hall).
J. Evens Campbell Scholarship. This $1, 000 scholarship was established in 1973 by family and friends in memory of J. Evens Campbell, publisher of the Argus-Press in Owosso. The endowment provides an annual award to a student interested in a career in journalism. Coordinator: Jonathan Friendly.
John L. and Clara Brumm Scholarships. This $500 scholarship was an outgrowth of a contribution by the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association in 1949 in honor of the founder and director of the organization. This award is for a first-term freshman who is a Michigan high school senior intending to study journalism at the University. If no qualified high school seniors apply, support may be given to a transfer student from Michigan for the first term in residence at the University. Coordinator: Marion Marzolf.
The Garnet Garrison Award. This cash award is available to support expenses for research by Honors students working on their approved theses. Students should submit proposals and budgets to the Communication Department Honors advisor for consideration and approval by February 1. The awards vary up to $100. Coordinator: Frank Beaver.
The Leland Stowe Journalism Award. A $1, 000 cash award is offered yearly for the best analytical essay based on three or more of the books by foreign correspondents in the 276-volume Stowe Collection in the Communication Department Library. Coordinator: Graham Hovey.
Women in Communications, Inc., Financial Aid Scholarships. Two annual financial aid scholarships for student chapter members in this region are offered. Applications are due in early January for the Chicago professional chapter's scholarship and in February or March for the Detroit chapter award. Details are available through the WICI student chapter offices.
Mary Lou Butcher Equality in Journalism Award. This $1, 500 cash award for undergraduate and graduate students encourages equality in journalism. It commemorates Ms. Butcher's successful class action sex discrimination suit. Students should submit an essay of 1, 000 words on "Diversity in the Newsroom, " with other designated materials. Coordinator: Marion Marzolf.
Leo Burnett Scholars Program. The object of the Leo Burnett Scholars Program is to assist students in their study of the relationship of communication to topics in advertising and marketing. The program helps support the study of both communication and business concentrators. Applications are invited from persons whose academic programs, career interests, or research aims focus on creative aspects of marketing communication or on issues that help clarify relationships between media and economic behavior. Award money may be applied to a number of general uses, although specific needs are asked for in the application. Amounts receivable vary with need. Applications are available in 2020 Frieze. Coordinator: Frank Beaver.
The John Rich Awards Program. This scholarship fund, established by Hollywood producer-director John Rich, will provide annually a $1, 500 stipend to one or more undergraduate or graduate students who have distinguished themselves academically in pursuit of a broad-based liberal arts education. Mr. Rich earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University in 1948 and a master's degree in speech communication in 1949. Coordinator: Frank Beaver.
The Michael Luckoff Scholarship Program. Michael Luckoff, President and General Manager of KGO Newstalk Radio in San Francisco and an alumnus of the University of Michigan has initiated this scholarship program. A scholarship of $500 will be awarded annually to a junior, senior or graduate student in Communication with academic and professional interests leading toward a career in business management in the field of electronic journalism. Deadline: March 15. Coordinator: Frank Beaver.
The Karl Zeisler Award for Feature Writing. Students planning careers in feature writing for magazines or newspapers may compete for this $100 writing award. The award is intended to encourage excellence and creativity in journalistic writing and Honors Professor Zeisler, who taught writing courses for many years in the Department of Journalism. Deadline is April 10. Coordinator: Don Kubit.
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