PLS 220: Politics and the Media

online available

In this course, students critically examine the role of the mass media in shaping American political life, focusing on the historical development of the mass media in American society, the economic and political forces that shape news coverage of political leaders and institutions, the influence of the mass media on the American public and normative assessments of how well the media promotes public deliberation in a democracy.

Level I Prereq: Academic Reading and Writing Levels of 6; PLS 112 minimum grade "C-"

Class offerings by semester

  Winter Summer Fall

Even Years
(2022, 2024, 2026)

offered in the daytime    

Odd Years
(2023, 2025, 2027)


offered in the daytimeDay Class (before 5 p.m.) offered at nighttimeEvening Class (after 5 p.m.) offered online Online Class
Revised: 3/30/23

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Description Hours
Credits 3
Lecture Hours 45
Clinical Hours 0
Lab Hours 0
Other Hours 0
Total Hours 45

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