Courses

Cutting-edge courses such as “Multimedia Business Reporting,” “Data Mining,” “Economics and Accounting for Journalists” and "Corporate Strategies” make full use of the school's premier facilities.

Students get practical training in writing about Chinese and international companies and financial instruments such as stocks, bonds and collateralized debt obligations. They learn how macroeconomic concepts such as fiscal and monetary policy affect businesses and individuals.

They create videos, slideshows with sound and graphics that help them tell business stories in multiple dimensions. They do presentations that compare coverage of news events by Chinese and foreign media. They learn to analyze balance sheets and income statements to produce stories that go beneath the surface and explain the meaning of events.

A survey of GBJ alumni found that they placed highest value on their courses in writing and coverage of business and economic issues.

Thesis

Students may elect to complete either a formal academic thesis or a professional journalism portfolio.

Students who choose to write a thesis are required to conduct an independent research project under supervision of a faculty member and produce a paper of no less than 20,000 words.

As an alternative to the thesis, students may submit a portfolio of journalistic work. The portfolio should demonstrate the student’s ability to research and produce a substantial work of news reporting totaling at least 5,000 words along with a description of the development and research involved totaling at least 5,000 words.

Course requirements

This two-year program, taught fully in English, has a minimum requirement of 30 credits for international students.

1. Basic Courses(12 credits required for graduation)

Mass Communications and
Society in Contemporary China
3 credits
Media Research Methods
2 credits
Intercultural Communication
2 credits
Chinese
2 credits 
Workshop for Academic Training and Ethics
3 credits

2. Core Courses (12 credits required for graduation)

Business News Writing and Editing
3 credits
Economics and Accounting Basics for Journalists
3 credits
Business News Data Mining and Analysis
3 credits
News Writing and Multi-media Business Reporting
3 credits

3. Elective Courses (6 credits required for graduation)

Corporate Strategies, Case Studies of Chinese and Global Companies
2 credits
GBJ Learning on Practice for New Media Skills 2 credits
Corporate Communication
2 credits
Workshop on Film and TV Production
2 credits
Feature Writing in English 2 credits
Hot Topics in the Global Economy
2 credits
Public Speaking
2 credits
Media Management
2 credits
Opinion and News Commentary
2 credits

4. Required Courses(4 credits)

GBJ Internship
3 credits
Literature Review and Thesis Proposal 1 credit

Courses for 2017-2018 Fall Semester

Course Name Credits Instructor
Business News Writing and Editing (C) 3 Linda Austin
GBJ Learning on Practice for New Media Skills 2 Linda Austin
Economics and Accounting Basics for Journalist (C) 3 Min Hang
Workshop on Film and TV Production (E) 2 Jiang Chang
News Writing and Multi-media Business Reporting (B) 3 Rick Dunham
Workshop for Academic Training and Ethics (B)
3 Jia Lu
Corporate Strategies, Case Studies of Chinese and Global Companies (E)
2 Lee J.Miller
Mass Communications and Society in Contemporary China (B)
3 Jia Dai

Courses for 2018 Spring Semester

Course Name Credits Instructor
Business News Data Mining and Analysis (C) 3 Lee J.Miller
Media Research Methods (B)
2 Jia Lu
Media Management (E) 2 Rick Dunham
News Writing and Multi-media Business Reporting (C) 3 Rick Dunham
Intercultural Communication (B)
2 Anbin Shi, Li Zhang
Corporate Communication (E)
2 Hong Fan
Feature Writing in English (E) 2 Jiaquan Wang

(B)-- Basic Course
(C)-- Core Course
(E)-- Elective Course