Academic Programs Catalog

College of Communication Arts and Sciences

School of Journalism

Undergraduate Programs
Journalism

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Journalism major is met by completing Journalism 300. The University’s Tier II writing requirement for Journalism majors pursuing teacher certification is met by completing Journalism 409.  Those courses are referenced in item 3. a. (2) below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
                         
    a. The following Journalism courses (25 credits):  
      (1) Journalism 108 (3 credits).        
      (2) Journalism 200 and Journalism 300 with a minimum grade–point average of 2.0 or higher for these two courses in all credits attempted (6 credits).  
        Students pursuing teacher certification must complete Journalism 108, 200, 203, 310, 336, 400, 409, 430;, one topical course chosen from 375, 415, 417, 418, 420, 425, 445, 450, 472, 473, 475, 490, 491; and one elective (30 credits).  An average minimum grade-point of 2.0 is required for Journalism 200 in combination with either Journalism 310 or 336 or 409.  
      (3) One of the following, (a) or (b) (3 or 6 credits):      
        (a)  Journalism 203 (3 credits)      
        (b)  Communication Arts and Sciences 110 (2 credits)    
              Communication Arts and Sciences 111 (2 credits)    
              Communication Arts and Sciences 112 (2 credits)    
      (4) Journalism 430 (3 credits).        
      (5) Journalism 400 (3 credits).
     
      (6) One Journalism skills course selected from 306, 310, 336, 338, 403, 405, 406, 407, 410, 432, 436, 438, 491 (3 credits).
     
      (7) One Journalism topical course selected from 375, 415, 417, 418, 420, 425, 445, 450, 472, 473, 475, 490, 491 (3 credits).  
      (8) Journalism 493 (1 credit).  
    b. The following courses in departments outside the College of Communication Arts and Sciences (9 credits):  
      (1) Literature: One course (3 credits).
     
      (2) History: One course (3 credits).
     
      (3) Economics 201 (3 credits).
     
    c. Concentration: Four related/thematic courses outside of the Journalism core, of which no more than two may be Journalism, selected from the following themes: business reporting, editorial reporting, electronic news, environmental reporting, international reporting, journalism history, media marketing, public affairs reporting, sports reporting, visual communication (12 to16 credits).  
    d. Journalism majors must complete a minimum of 80 credits in courses outside of the School of Journalism with no fewer than 65 credits in the liberal arts and sciences.  
    e.

    Journalism majors must complete a minimum of 25 credits in Journalism, but may take up to 40.

     
    f. Only credits in courses graded on the numerical or Pass-No Pass Grade system may be counted toward the requirements for the Journalism major.  Journalism students may not enroll in courses required for the major, including courses in other departments, on a Credit-No Credit basis.  

The School of Journalism stresses the importance of gaining professional experience while pursuing a degree in journalism. Students who have combined classroom work with internships usually find employment. The school and college coordinates internships for students, provides career counseling, and assists seniors and graduate students with job placement.

Other Programs

Environmental Studies and Agriscience - Communication concentration:  see the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources section of this catalog for courses in Journalism appropriate to this major.

Engineering Arts:  see the College of Engineering section of this catalog for courses appropriate to this major.

Suggestions for Program Success

Students should pursue the University’s Integrative Studies requirements during their freshman and sophomore years. Students should complete Journalism 108 in the freshman year and Journalism 200, 203 and 300 and Economics 201 before the end of the sophomore year.

In order to ensure enrollment in required courses, majors should plan their sophomore, junior and senior year programs with the advice and assistance of academic advisors and faculty.

Today’s journalists should have a broad education in the liberal arts, social sciences, and physical and natural sciences.  Many courses in literature, history, economics and foreign languages are open to freshmen and sophomores.