Cross Registration | Columbia Journalism School

Cross Registration

The Fall 2022 classes listed below (only these) are available for cross registration by graduate students (and undergraduate seniors) from other divisions of Columbia.

To request admission to a class students must submit this form. 

The form is open from August 22 at 10 a.m. to September 23 at 10 a.m. 

All the courses listed below carry 3 points.

Class Offerings for Fall 2022

Journalism and Society

Instructor: Andie Tucher

Meets: Wednesdays 2:10 p.m.-4 p.m.

Points: 3

Description: An exploration of the central role of journalism in public life. We'll explore its historical roots, social role, and cultural contexts, and consider how it works in a democracy and what happens if it doesn't. Topics include the evolution of journalistic conventions; the rise and fall of objectivity; the ideal, and the reality, of the adversarial press; the impacts of new technologies and economic structures; journalism and storytelling; and, yes, of course, fake news. Although the focus is on US institutions and practices, we'll be placing them in a global context. 



Sociology of News

Instructor: Michael Schudson

Meets: Thursdays, 10:10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Points: 3

Description: This seminar introduces students to that portion of the sociology of mass media that takes news or journalism as its central subject. Sociology, like other social sciences, paid little attention to journalism until journalism as it has developed became more problematic in the 1950s and 1960s (for reasons we will take up in the seminar).  From that point on, a serious social science-based study of journalism began to emerge and we will review some of its influential texts and some very recent additions to the literature. Most of our reading centers on the United States, but comparative studies in news analysis have grown in the past twenty years and we will attend to some of this work, too.  Several approaches to understanding the impact of the digital revolution on journalism will also be discussed.



Liberal Democracy, Populism, Media

Instructor: Michael Schudson

Meets: Tuesdays, 10:10 a.m.-12p.m.

Points: 3

Description: This seminar tackles the question, now vividly alive in a growing number of countries around the world, of what to make of populism, particularly right-wing populism that seeks to enact what has been called “illiberal democracy.” In the U.S., where “democracy” is a sacred word, we regularly misunderstand it. We certainly misunderstand its history. A 2011 Federal Communication Commission report claimed that the Founding Fathers envisioned an “independent watchdog function…for journalism” (this is wrong, they envisioned no such thing) and the FCC continued to argue that the founders called journalism “crucial to a healthy democracy” (wrong again -- the founders saw democracy as offensive and crafted a Constitution clearly intended to prevent it). They believed they were establishing “republican” government, something like what is now generally called liberal democracy. As for populism, some thinkers have argued that it is a necessary occasional enhancement of democratic values and a cleansing of institutional and bureaucratic rigidities, but others see it as a dangerous challenge to the fundamental spirit of democratic life, including an acceptance of legitimate opposition in governing and a recognition of the reality and benefit of pluralism in society. Whether the news media play or should play an important role in encouraging or in discouraging populism, and whether some media specifically are inclined to foster populism (cable television, online media generally, social media especially, and perhaps Twitter in particular) is also a  matter of growing concern.




Registration Details

For the most part, spots in J-School classes are assigned to non-Journalism graduate students on a space available basis (with top priority given to IMC SIPA students).

To request cross-registration in a Journalism School course, please complete this form.

The form will be active as of August 22 at 10 a.m.

Please note that this is only a REQUEST and we cannot guarantee your request will be accommodated.

Cross-registration request forms are processed on a first come, first served basis.

If your form is submitted correctly you will receive a request confirmation e-mail within 24 hours. Please remember to include the after your UNI.

You will NOT receive an e-mail from my office saying that your request was granted or not granted.

To learn if your request was granted, you must keep checking your class schedule on the web. All requests remain on file during the cross-registration period (August 22 - September 23 at 10 a.m.).

You do not need to submit multiple forms for the same cross-registration request. If I am able to grant requests I do it as soon as possible but sometimes it takes days for a space to open in a class. Sometimes the space never opens up.

Please remember that you are submitting a cross-registration REQUEST. There is no guarantee that I will be able to approve your request. Until you see a change reflected on your class schedule on STUDENT SERVICES ONLINE, your request has not been approved.

If you have more than one course for which you want to be considered, please submit a separate form for each class.

Also, please be certain that you are not requesting a class that conflicts with any of your other classes.

Direct any questions to Melanie Huff.