Journalism, Media and Public Discourse


The Nexus in Journalism, Media, and Public Discourse encourages you to explore journalism and media through many venues. In the classroom, you 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.

  • Nexus Track Chairs

Program Overview

Many departments, including English, history, sociology, and politics, offer hands-on and theory-based courses in journalism and public media. You will 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. Our 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.

alum Connections

Stories from Journalism, Media, and Public Discourse Alums

Casey Roepke ’21


Shreeya Joshi ’15 Public Affairs Office Intern

Danielle Brown ’18

Courses and Requirements

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

Or a fifth class with approval of the track chair


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.

ANTHR-221Anthropology of Media4
ANTHR-352Digital Cultures4
Art History
ARTH-242History of Photography: The First Hundred Years4
Asian Studies
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
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
Film, Media, Theater
FMT-102Introduction to Film Studies4
FMT-104Introduction to Media Studies4
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
FREN-225Intermediate Level Courses in Culture and Literature: Introduction to Contemporary Culture and Media of France and the French-Speaking World4
Latina/o Studies
LATST-350VNSpecial Topics in Latin American Studies: 'Visualizing Immigrant Narratives: Migration in Film'4
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
SPAN-240CNVisual Cultures, An Introduction: 'Latin American Cinema'4
SPAN-250LMConcepts and Practices of Power: 'Making Latin America: From Independence to the Present'4

Contact Us

The Nexus Program allows students to create an individual program of study combined with an internship experience in one of nine pre-professional tracks. College 211 and the annual LEAP symposium are components of the Nexus program.

Katie Walker
  • Coordinator, Nexus Program
  • Coordinator, Foundation Relations and Sponsored Research

Next Steps

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