International courses, certificates and programs


The MJ-school offers a number of courses with an international focus.  Students should also check the special topics course offerings each semester as there are often other international related classes taught specific to the semester.

  • International Communication and Comparative Journalism, MEJO 446 - Students in this course will investigate some or all of the following topics: the development of international communication, the flow of news and international propaganda, the role of communication in international relations, communication in developing nations and comparison of press systems.
  • Mass Communication in Mexico (International Media Studies), MEJO 447 - This course is taught each spring semester and focuses on journalism and communication in Mexico. Over spring break in March, course instructor Richard Cole takes students in the class to Mexico City. They spend most of the week there, attending lectures and discussions with professionals from top media and professors from Monterrey Tec, a Mexican university with strong ties to UNC. Monterrey Tec students participate in the week-long colloquium as well. One day of the trip is spent in Cuernavaca at another Monterrey Tec campus, where students participate in more media discussions and lectures. The topic for the 2010 colloquium was "The Drug War and the Media." Students must pay the cost of the trip, which is usually about $1,300 per person. Enrollment is usually limited to 10 students. For more information, contact Richard Cole.
  • Seminar in International Communication, MEJO 846 - Prerequisite, MEJO 446. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Reading and research in selected topics. Focus in recent years has included global news flow, communication and social change, communication in the collapse of communism, Western dominance in international communication, global culture and the influence of technology.
  • Seminar in Communication for Social Change, MEJO 847 - Examines how grassroots and participatory strategies are being combined with communication technologies to promote social change in Third World settings of developed and developing nations.

UNC Graduate Certificate of International Development

Graduate students enrolled in the MJ-school at either the masters or doctoral level can work towards completing this graduate certificate that is designed to encourage students to take an interdisciplinary approach to their studies and to develop a perspective that is more internationally focused.  Further information about the certificate and the full requirements can be found at the UNC Center for Global Initiatives. The courses listed above can be used to fulfill some requirements of the Certificate.

Other programs

Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists 
Each year the school hosts a group of journalists from around the world as part of the annual Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists. The program is a partnership between the Department of State, the Institute of International Education and leading U.S. schools of journalism, and it brings emerging journalistic leaders from around the world to examine media practices in the U.S. The school has participated in the program since its inception in 2006 and has hosted groups from Europe and the Middle East.

The group spends a number of days on campus in sessions with MJ-school and UNC faculty, meeting journalism students and learning about the many exciting research projects and initiatives happening at the university. They also visit local media organizations in Raleigh and Durham,  meet with students working at The Daily Tar Heel and visit local families.

International Multimedia Projects
Each year the MJ-school takes a group of students to an international location for a week of filming and photography to create a multimedia project exploring the social, political, economic and cultural issues of the area.  In previous years the students have produced projects in Thailand, Mexico City and the Galapagos Islands.

Any questions about these courses or programs can be directed to Michael Penny in Carroll 307.  Any announcements about these programs are distributed on Twitter through @UNCMJGlobal.