Environmental Science and Natural Resource Journalism

Master of Arts - Environmental Science and Natural Resource Journalism

College of the Arts and Media

Degree Specific Credits: 36

Required Cumulative GPA: 3.0

Catalog Year: 2022-23

Notes/Description

  • A master’s degree in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Journalism requires 36 credit hours: 18 in journalism and 12 in natural resource issues and/or environmental science. The school offers two options for the remaining six credits. Students can either use them to work on a documentary-style professional project or opt to take two more Journalism courses in order to create a portfolio of work in multiple mediums.

  • Students are also required to successfully complete 12 credits of approved non-journalism courses relevant to the coverage of natural resource issues, or environmental science or environmental public health. Course registration is subject to availability, prerequisites and instructor’s consent.

  • The professional project option allows students to embark on an ambitious investigation or create a comprehensive public information project. Students typically produce the project in their final year at the university after completing the rest of the coursework. This allows them to travel outside Montana and abroad for research for one semester. They return to Montana to defend their project in front of their chosen faculty committee.

  • The portfolio option allows students to take additional journalism electives and produce a three-part portfolio that explores a common environmental or natural resource theme. The portfolio must include work presented in at least two different mediums, ranging from writing to photography, video, audio, multimedia, maps and graphics. This track is designed for those wanting more experience with different journalistic media.

Summary

Required Courses

15-21

Electives

3-9

Required Non-Journalism Courses

12

Total Hours

36


Required Courses

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following courses:

JRNL 505

Journalism and Society Seminar

3

JRNL 567

Press/Broadcast Law

3

JRNL 570

Reporting on the Environment

3

JRNL 575

Story Lab

3

JRNL 698

Externship

3

*JRNL 599

Professional Project

6

*Portfolio students do not enroll in this

** Journalism Electives - 500 or 600-level and/or 400-level courses with a graduate component

3-9

** Portfolio students take an additional two electives

Total Hours

15-21

Minimum Required Grade: C