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. That course is referenced in item 3. a. 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. All of the following core courses (19 to 24 credits):
JRN 108 The World of Media 3
JRN 200 Writing and Reporting News 3
JRN 203 Visual Storytelling 3
JRN 300 Multimedia Writing and Reporting (W) 3
JRN 325 Journalism History 3
JRN 430 News Media Law and Ethics 3
JRN 493 Journalism Professional Field Experience 1 to 6
Students must achieve a minimum grade of 2.0 or higher in Journalism 200 and 300 in all credits attempted.
b. One of the following courses (3 credits):
CAS 110 Creative Thinking 3
CAS 111 Design and Layout 3
CAS 112 Story, Sound and Motion 3
CAS 114 Creativity and Innovative Entrepreneurship 3
CAS 116 Media Sketching and Graphics 3
c. Complete a concentration or minor (12 to 15 credits). 
Students may choose from the following concentrations (12 credits). Students may select special topics to fulfill concentration requirements with advisor approval.
Broadcast Journalism
All of the following courses:
JRN 206 Video Storytelling with Cell Phones 3
JRN 306 Introduction to Radio, Podcasting and TV News 3
JRN 403 TV News 3
JRN 406 Advanced TV News Storytelling and Producing 3
Environment, Science and Health Reporting
Both of the following courses:
JRN 372 Environment, Science and Health Journalism Special Topics 3
JRN 472 Environment, Science and Health Reporting 3
Complete 6 credits from the following:
JRN 372 Environment, Science and Health Journalism Special Topics 3
JRN 472 Environment, Science and Health Reporting 3
JRN 492 Journalism Special Topics 3
A 300-level or above environment-relevant non-Journalism course with advisor approval.
Students who reenroll in JRN 372, 472, or 492 must select a different topic than previously taken.
Information Graphics
All of the following courses:
JRN 338 Information Graphics 3
JRN 345 Images and Messages 3
JRN 438 Advanced Information Graphics 3
Complete 3 credits from the following:
JRN 336 Designing for Media 3
JRN 492 Journalism Special Topics 3
Study Abroad, Creative Journey – Barcelona to Berlin 3
Students who reenroll in JRN 492 must select a different topic than previously taken.
International Reporting
All of the following courses:
JRN 265 International Journalism and Media 3
JRN 365 International News and Government Dynamics 3
JRN 465 International Reporting 3
Complete 3 credits from the following:
JRN 365 International News and Government Dynamics 3
JRN 492 Journalism Special Topics 3
Study Abroad in Journalism 3
Students who reenroll in JRN 365 or 492 must select a different topic than previously taken.
Journalism Education
All of the following courses:
JRN 206 Video Storytelling with Cell Phones 3
JRN 310 Photojournalism 3
JRN 336 Designing for Media 3
JRN 409 Advising Student Publications 3
Media Design
All of the following courses:
JRN 336 Designing for Media 3
JRN 345 Images and Messages 3
JRN 436 Design for Web and Mobile Devices 3
Complete 3 credits from the following:
JRN 338 Information Graphics 3
JRN 492 Journalism Special Topics 3
Students who reenroll in JRN 492 must select a different topic than previously taken.
Media Relations
All of the following courses:
JRN 206 Video Storytelling with Cell Phones 3
JRN 310 Photojournalism 3
JRN 336 Designing for Media 3
JRN 402 Public Relations Topics in Journalism 1
Complete at least 2 credits from the following:
ADV 402 Public Relations Topics in Advertising 1
COM 402 Public Relations Topics in Communication 1
JRN 345 Images and Messages 3
JRN 402 Public Relations Topics in Journalism 1
JRN 492 Journalism Special Topics 2
Students who reenroll in ADV 402, COM 402, JRN 402, or JRN 492 must select a different topic than previously taken.
Photojournalism
All of the following courses:
JRN 310 Photojournalism 3
JRN 345 Images and Messages 3
JRN 410 Advanced Photojournalism: Documentary 3
Complete 3 credits from the following:
CAS 110 Creative Thinking 3
CAS 112 Story, Sound and Motion 3
CAS 205 Photography in Media Settings 3
CAS 396 Integrated Media Arts Special Topics 3
CAS 496 Advanced Media Project Design and Production (W) 3
JRN 483 Photo Communication in Europe 3
JRN 492 Journalism Special Topics 3
Students who reenroll in JRN 492 must select a different topic than previously taken.
Students enrolling in CAS 396 or 496 must have advisor approval to ensure appropriate content.
Sports Journalism
All of the following courses:
JRN 218 Sports in Contemporary Media 3
JRN 317 Sports Journalism 3
JRN 416 Sports Multimedia Content Management 3
JRN 418 Advanced Sports Reporting 3
Writing, Reporting and Editing
All of the following courses:
JRN 305 Editing for Print and Digital 3
JRN 407 Advanced Reporting 3
JRN 432 Magazine, Feature and Freelance Writing 3
One of the following courses:
JRN 420 Capital News Service 3
JRN 472 Environment, Science and Health Reporting 3
JRN 492 Journalism Special Topics 3
Study Abroad in Mass Media with a writing component 3
Students may choose from the following minors (15 credits):  
Animation and Comics Storytelling in Media, Broadcast Journalism, Documentary Production, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Public Relations, or Sports Journalism.  Students should consult the Academic Programs catalog statement in the department that administers the minor to learn the requirements.
d. The following courses from an approved list in the School of Journalism, in departments outside the College of Communication Arts and Sciences:
(1) Literature: One course (3 credits)
(2) Civics: One course (3 credits)
e. Journalism majors must complete a minimum of 72 credits in courses outside of the School of Journalism, and mass communication. Journalism majors may complete up to 48 credits in journalism and mass communication.

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.