Journalism, Media, and Public Discourse

Eleanor Townsley, Nexus director, track chair

Kenneth Tucker, track chair

217G Dwight Hall

Overview and Contact Information

Many departments, including English, history, sociology, and politics, offer hands-on and theory-based courses in journalism and public media. Students learn to examine the world with an educated, critical eye; to collect material from a wide range of sources; and to analyze and communicate information clearly and concisely. MHC’s approach reflects the reality of the job market: employers in journalism and media want students who are knowledgeable and articulate across a wide array of subjects in the liberal arts, who are creative, flexible thinkers with superior writing and analytical capabilities. The Nexus in Journalism, Media, and Public Discourse encourages students to explore journalism and media through many venues. In the classroom, students can master the nuts and bolts of reporting and fact-checking a news story, examine the history of the New York Times, or analyze the role of media in contemporary society.


This area of study is administered by the following Nexus track chairs:

Eleanor Townsley, Professor of Sociology, Teaching Spring Only

Kenneth Tucker, Professor of Sociology

Requirements for the Nexus

A minimum of 18 credits:

Three courses above the 100 level chosen from the list of courses approved for this Nexus12
One approved 300-level course from the list of courses approved for this Nexus4
Completion of the UAF application stages 1 and 2 1
A substantive internship
COLL-211Reflecting Back: Connecting Internship and Research to your Liberal Arts Education 2
A presentation at LEAP Symposium
Total Credits18

Or a fifth class with approval of the track chair

Additional Specifications

  • Students in this Nexus track must seek approval from the track chair after developing a brief proposal outlining their specific area of focus and the specific courses they plan to take to complete the Nexus.
  • The sequence of a Nexus is part of what makes it unique. UAF application stages 1 and 2 must be completed before the internship or research project. COLL-211 is taken after the internship or research project and culminates in a presentation at LEAP Symposium.

Courses Counting toward the Nexus

ANTHR-220From Gutenberg to Google 4
ANTHR-230Language in Culture and Society 4
ANTHR-316WCSpecial Topics in Anthropology: 'Writing Capitalism's Ruins' 4
Art History
ARTH-242History of Photography 4
ARTH-290FMIssues in Art History: 'American Films That Matter' 4
Asian Studies
ASIAN-312Newspaper Reading and Journalistic Practice in China 4
College(Interdeptmnt) Courses
COLL-211Reflecting Back: Connecting Internship and Research to your Liberal Arts Education 2
ENGL-202Introduction to Journalism 4
ENGL-206MAExpository Prose: 'Making the Argument' 4
ENGL-301JHStudies in Journalism: 'Journalism History and Ethics' 4
ENGL-301MWStudies in Journalism: 'Magazine Writing - Sequence I' 4
ENGL-301MXStudies in Journalism: 'Magazine Writing - Sequence II' 4
ENGL-301NNStudies in Journalism: 'Narrative Nonfiction' 4
ENGL-301SCStudies in Journalism: 'Science Writing' 4
ENGL-325Victorian Literature and Visual Culture 4
ENGL-349Cosmopolitanism 4
Film Studies
FLMST-201Introduction to Film 4
FLMST-220RASpecial Topics in Film Studies: 'Reel America: History and Film' 4
FLMST-275Documentary Film 4
FREN-225Intermediate Level Courses in Culture and Literature: Introduction to Contemporary Culture and Media of France and the French-Speaking World 4
HIST-283RATopics in the Recent History of the United States: 'Reel America: History and Film' 4
SOCI-234Social Problems 4
SOCI-240Collective Behavior and Social Movements 4
SPAN-240CNVisual Cultures, An Introduction: 'Introduction to Spanish and Latin American Cinema' 4