Journalism, Media, and Public Discourse

Eleanor Townsley, Nexus director, track chair

Katie Walker, coordinator


108 Daniel L. Jones Building
413-538-3010
https://www.mtholyoke.edu/academics/find-your-program/journalism-media-and-public-discourse

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.

Faculty

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

Eleanor Townsley, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Sociology and Director of Nexus

Kenneth Tucker, Helen P. Bibbero 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 Nexus or selected with approval of the track chair12
One approved 300-level course from the list of courses approved for this Nexus or selected with approval of the track chair4
Completion of the UAF application stages 1 and 2 1
A substantive internship 2
COLL-211Reflecting Back: Connecting Internship and Research to Your Liberal Arts Education2
A presentation at LEAP Symposium
Total Credits18
1

Or a fifth class with approval of the track chair

2

At least 240 work hours and responsibilities that exercise ability to think analytically and creatively, and contribute meaningfully to the organization’s stated mission and complements the student's area of focus

Additional Specifications

  • Nexus students will develop a brief proposal outlining their specific area of focus including a course outline. Students will schedule an advising meeting with a track chair to get approval and complete a Plan of Study form to be returned to the Nexus Program office.

  • The sequence of a Nexus is part of what makes it unique:
    • In preparation for the summer internship or research, students complete courses chosen in consultation with the track chair. If seeking funding through LYNK UAF, students will additionally complete orientation and advising, and online training.

    • COLL-211 is taken after the internship or research project and culminates in a presentation at LEAP Symposium.

Courses Counting toward the Nexus

Courses other than those listed below may count toward the Nexus. Students should consult the Nexus track chair for consideration of courses not on the list.

Anthropology
ANTHR-221Anthropology of Media4
ANTHR-352Digital Cultures4
Art History
ARTH-242History of Photography: The First Hundred Years4
Asian Studies
ASIAN-215Androgyny and Gender Negotiation in Contemporary Chinese Women's Theater4
ASIAN-312Newspaper Reading and Journalistic Practice in China4
College(Interdeptmnt) Courses
COLL-211Reflecting Back: Connecting Internship and Research to Your Liberal Arts Education2
Critical Social Thought
CST-349SVAdvanced Topics: 'Media and Surveillance'4
CST-349VCAdvanced Topics: 'Victorian Literature and Visual Culture'4
English
ENGL-202Introduction to Journalism4
ENGL-219CHTopics in Creative Writing: 'Climate Changes Everything: Telling Stories at the End of the World As We Know It'4
ENGL-325Victorian Literature and Visual Culture4
ENGL-349Cosmopolitanism4
Film, Media, Theater
FMT-102Introduction to Film Studies4
FMT-104Introduction to Media Studies4
FMT-230CWIntermediate Courses in History and Theory: 'Androgyny and Gender Negotiation in Contemporary Chinese Women's Theater'4
FMT-230NCIntermediate Courses in History and Theory: 'Social Media: Networked Cultures'4
FMT-230WMIntermediate Courses in History and Theory: 'History of World Media'4
FMT-330EAAdvanced Courses in History and Theory: 'Envisioning Apocalypse'4
FMT-330SVAdvanced Courses in History and Theory: 'Media and Surveillance'4
French
FREN-225Intermediate Level Courses in Culture and Literature: Introduction to Contemporary Culture and Media of France and the French-Speaking World4
First-Year Seminars
FYSEM-110PEPerforming the Self4
Gender Studies
GNDST-204CWWomen and Gender in the Study of Culture: 'Androgyny and Gender Negotiation in Contemporary Chinese Women's Theater'4
Latina/o Studies
LATST-250VNSpecial Topics in Latin American Studies: 'Visualizing Immigrant Narratives: Migration in Film'4
LATST-350VNSpecial Topics in Latin American Studies: 'Visualizing Immigrant Narratives: Migration in Film'4
Sociology
SOCI-234Social Problems4
SOCI-240Collective Behavior and Social Movements4
SOCI-316LTSpecial Topics in Sociology: 'The New American Elite'4
SOCI-316PSSpecial Topics in Sociology: 'Digital Media and the Public Sphere'4
Spanish
SPAN-240CNVisual Cultures, An Introduction: 'Latin American Cinema'4
SPAN-250LMConcepts and Practices of Power: 'Making Latin America: From Independence to the Present'4