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This concentration helps develop skills and competencies vital to working in communication fields in an increasingly digital environment. Its focus on digital and social media makes it unique among programs in the metro area, as it includes both theoretical and applied aspects of these topics. Understanding digital technologies and multimedia storytelling are central competencies required of those working in many industries, such as journalism, public relations, advertising and travel/tourism.

M.I.S. Requirements (13 credit hours)
Dept./Course # Title Credit Hours
IDIS-D 501 Humanities Seminar 3-4
IDIS-D 502 Social Sciences Seminar 3-4
IDIS-D 503 Natural Sciences Seminar 3-4
IDIS-D 510 Introduction to Graduate Liberal Studies 4
Required courses (15 credit hours)
Dept./Course # Title Credit Hours
Required courses
IDIS-D 512
JOUR-J 301
Social Media Strategies 3
IDIS-D 513
INFO-I 300
Human Computer Interaction 3
Select one of the following
IDIS-D 513
INFO-I 330
Legal and Social Informatics of Security 3
IDIS-D 513
INFO-I 368
Introduction to Network Science 3
IDIS-D 513
INFO-I 421
Applications of Data Mining 3
IDIS-D 513
INFO-I 441
Interaction Design Practice 3
Select two of the following
IDIS-D 511
SPCH-S 307
Crisis Management 3
IDIS-D 511
SPCH-S 333
Public Relations 3
IDIS-D 512
JOUR-C 327
Writing for Mass Media 3
IDIS-D 512
JOUR-J 303
Online Journalism 3
IDIS-D 512
JOUR-J 321
Principles of Public Relations 3
IDIS-D 512
JOUR-J 344
Photojournalism Reporting 3
IDIS-D 512
JOUR-J 349
Public Relations Writing 3
IDIS-D 512
JOUR-J 354
Photojournalism Editing 3
IDIS-D 512
JOUR-J 362
Multimedia Reporting 3
IDIS-D 512
JOUR-J 384
Video-journalism 3
Thesis Requirement (6 credit hours)
Dept./Course # Title Credit Hours
IDIS-D 601 Graduate Project/Thesis 3
IDIS-D 602 Graduate Project/Thesis 3