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May 2007

Academic Roundup

New Programs & Initiatives Expand
Educational Opportunities

Breaking News:
Minor in Journalism Opens Major Career Opportunities

They say journalism is the first draft of history — now students at
St. Edward’s University will have more opportunities to contribute to that history. The new Journalism minor will help students develop the skills and critical thinking ability that today’s fast-paced, 24/7 media industry demands.


Assistant Professor of Journalism Michele KayWith dual tracks in print and broadcast, students will complement solid writing and reporting skills with electives that range from art criticism and newspaper design to sports journalism, documentary film and photography. Through this interdisciplinary approach, students will cultivate these skills:

  • Identify news
  • Develop story ideas
  • Research and report information
  • Write in a journalistic style
  • Produce stories for a wide range
    of media

“It’s a thoughtful progression of classes that teaches students the writing, editing and production skills they need," says Assistant Professor of Journalism Michele Kay, ’02, MLA ’05. Marilyn Schultz, assistant professor of Communication, also adds, “And they’ll have something official on their transcripts to show they’ve learned these skills.”


Students on the print track will hone their writing, editing and production skills working for Hilltop Views — the student newspaper, which recently won eight awards at the annual Texas Interscholastic Press Association convention — while broadcast students will use the latest digital technologies as interns at one of Austin’s many local
news stations.


Universitywide Initiative Prepares Students to Succeed
in a Global Society

Does your student understand the politics, economics and cultural elements of a global society? Can he or she speak a foreign language? If not, there will be more opportunity than ever for your son or daughter to develop these abilities at St. Edward’s, thanks to the university’s new Global Understanding Initiative.


Marianne Hopper, Dean of University ProgramsWhether in an economic, social, technological, cultural, political or ecological realm, our increased interdependence on other countries has resulted in new educational demands for college students. “The world has changed whether we want to believe in globalization or not,” says Dean of University Programs Marianne Hopper. “Students are going to live in a world of global interconnectedness, and we need to help them prepare for it.”



Building on existing classes that already address issues relevant to today’s global society, the university’s three-part Global Understanding Initiative will examine aspects of globalization, such as politics, economics, culture and communication. In addition to courses, unique programs and events will reinforce the themes introduced by the Global Understanding Initiative.



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