Innovation. Medicine. Climate Change. Technology. Health.
Learn how to explain science and its many, varied connections to our lives.
What We Offer
The Journalism School’s science program is designed to impart the twin attributes of strong science journalism: precision informed by deep intellectual understanding and storytelling that enlivens important but sometimes-technical developments. We teach students how to get and keep an audience’s attention and how to explain the forces that keep our hearts beating, our world turning and our feet on the ground.
M.S. students with an interest in covering science may choose from relevant skills‐oriented classes like data reporting or subject‐specific classes such as Multimedia Storytelling: Science & Environment.
Students in the M.A. Science concentration examine science up close – by studying specific fields like physics and climate science – and with a landscape view, looking at history and patterns of discovery and innovation. They learn to probe deeper, ask more advanced questions and recognize context or comparisons that might be invisible to the uninitiated. They also receive high‐level personal mentoring.
In addition to the classes listed here, students interested in reporting on science, health, the environment and related issues have many opportunities to do so in other classes throughout the year.
Please note: The classes listed here represent recent offerings at the Journalism School. Choices vary each semester depending on faculty availability and other considerations. Classes described now may change or be dropped to make room for new additions.
Cassandra Basler '15 M.S. followed two students from The Bronx as they decide if an intrauterine device is right for them.Listen to her master's project.
Bill Retherford '14 M.A., Science Concentration, writes about the scientific search to find an alien civilization.His thesis became the Kindle Single, "Little Green Men."
Sara Jerving '14 M.A., Business Concentration, wrote her thesis on how Liberians thought Ebola was a government scam.Read her article published in The Nation.
Katie Jennings '14 M.A., Science Concentration, wrote about a secret committee behind America's soaring health care costs.Read her thesis published in Politico.