Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certiication.
College of Communication Arts and Sciences School of Journalism Undergraduate Programs Journalism
Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism
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.
The requirements of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
The following requirements for the major:
The following Journalism courses (25 credits):
Journalism 108 (3 credits).
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.
One of the following, (a) or (b) (3 or 6 credits):
(a) Journalism 203 (3 credits)
(b) Communication Arts and Sciences 110 (2 credits)
The following courses in departments outside the College of Communication Arts and Sciences (9 credits):
Literature: One course (3 credits).
History: One course (3 credits).
Economics 201 (3 credits).
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).
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.
Journalism majors must complete a minimum of 25 credits in Journalism, but may take up to 40.
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.
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.
Major - Journalism - Literature: 1 course from Literature course
Requirement 17: Major - Journalism - History
Major - Journalism - History: 1 course from History course.
Requirement 18: Major - Journalism - EC201
Major - Journalism - EC201: 1 course from EC201
Requirement 19: Major - Journalism - Concentration
Major - Journalism - Concentration: 4 courses from related or thematic courses outside of the Journalism core, of which no more than two may be Journalism as approved by academic advisor.
Requirement 20: Major Distribution - Journalism - Liberal Arts and Sciences
Major Distribution - Journalism - Liberal Arts and Sciences: 65 credits from Courses given outside the College of Communication Arts & Sciences and in the liberal arts and sciences.
Requirement 21: Major Distribution
Major Distribution: 25 credits from Courses in Journalism
Requirement 22: College Distribution Requirement at 300/400 Level
College Distribution Requirement at 300/400 Level: 40 credits from courses numbered at the 300 and 400 levels. See academic advisor.
Requirement 23: Electives
Electives: 0 credits from Electives at Michigan State University and transfer coursework. This number can change based on the credits of the coursework taken to fulfill University, College, and Major requirements. Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.
Requirement 24: University Residency
University Residency: 30 credits from MSU coursework, 27 credits from MSU courses taken after reaching junior standing, 20 credits from courses offered by MSU while admitted to major & 20 of the last 30 credits must be MSU courses. Please see academic advisor.