Undergraduate Degree - Journalism

Program:
Journalism
Program Code:
1405 Journalism
Program Level:
Undergraduate
Award Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Start Term:
FQ68
College:
College of Communication Arts and Sciences
Relevant Excerpt(s) from Academic Programs:
Department:
School of Journalism
Relevant Excerpt(s) from Academic Programs:


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 certification.

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-point average 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.


Degree Requirements from Degree Navigator.

NOTE: Degree Navigator is an advising tool only and should not be viewed as a contract with the student. Any questions about the requirements should be directed to an academic advisor.


Journalism, BA (1405)

Required Credits: 120    Program Version: FS18

Requirement 1: University Tier I Writing
University Tier I Writing: 1 course from WRA101, WRA195H, LB133, MC111, MC112, RCAH111

Requirement 2: University Mathematics
University Mathematics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
MTH2: 1 course
At least 1 course from LB118, MTH110, MTH116, MTHRQMT, MTHWAIV1, MTHWAIV2, Mathematics Pre-Matriculation, Mathematics Post-Matriculation
MTH1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from MTH112, MTH114, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H, MTH201, STT200, STT201
MTH3: 2 courses
At least 2 courses from MTH103, MTH101, MTH102

Requirement 3: University IAH201 - IAH210
University IAH201 - IAH210: 4 credits from IAH201, IAH202, IAH203, IAH204, IAH205, IAH206, IAH207, IAH208, IAH209, IAH210, RCAH201, ANY IAH BELOW 211

Requirement 4: University IAH211 or higher
University IAH211 or higher: 4 credits from IAH211A, IAH211B, IAH211C, IAH211D, IAH221A, IAH221B, IAH221C, IAH231A, IAH231B, IAH231C, IAH241A, IAH241B, IAH241C, IAH241D, IAH241E, IAH241F, IAH241G, RCAH202, TRANSFER IAH, ANY IAH211 OR HIGHER, approved LB courses

Requirement 5: University ISS200 Series
University ISS200 Series: 4 credits from ISS210, ISS215, ISS220, ISS225, ISS230, ISS235, MC201, TRANSFER ISS 200 LEVEL, ANY ISS 200 LEVEL

Requirement 6: University ISS300 Series
University ISS300 Series: 4 credits from ISS305, ISS308, ISS310, ISS315, ISS318, ISS320, ISS325, ISS327, ISS328, ISS330A, ISS330B, ISS330C, ISS335, ISS336, MC202, ANY ISS 300 LEVEL, approved LB courses

Requirement 7: University ISB
University ISB: 3 credits from ISB200, ISB201, ISB202, ISB204, TRANSFER ISB, ISB ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISB COURSE

Requirement 8: University ISP
University ISP: 3 credits from ISP203A, ISP203B, ISP205, ISP207, ISP209, ISP213H, ISP215, ISP217, ISP220, ISP221, TRANSFER ISP, ISP ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISP COURSE

Requirement 9: University Laboratory Experience
University Laboratory Experience: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Univ Lab: 2 credits
At least 2 credits from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
Alternative: 2 credits
At least 1 credit from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
At least 1 credit from an Alternative Track Lab credit

Requirement 10: University Diversity Distribution
University Diversity Distribution: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from NationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing national diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
At least 1 course from InternationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing international and multicultural diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
Conditions:
University Diversity Distribution: No more than 1 course from IAH or ISS emphasizing both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity in Requirement(s) 10

Requirement 11: Major - Journalism - The World of Media
Major - Journalism - The World of Media: 1 course from JRN108

Requirement 12: Major - Journalism - Writing and Reporting News
Major - Journalism - Writing and Reporting News: 1 course from JRN200

Requirement 13: Major - Journalism - Visual Storytelling
Major - Journalism - Visual Storytelling: 1 course from JRN203

Requirement 14: Major - Journalism - Multimedia Writing and Reporting (W)
Major - Journalism - Multimedia Writing and Reporting (W): 1 course from JRN300

Requirement 15: Major - Journalism - Journalism History
Major - Journalism - Journalism History: 1 course from JRN325

Requirement 16: Major - Journalism - News Media Law and Ethics
Major - Journalism - News Media Law and Ethics: 1 course from JRN430

Requirement 17: Major - Journalism - Professional Experience
Major - Journalism - Professional Experience: 1 course from JRN493

Requirement 18: Major - Journalism - CAS Selection
Major - Journalism - CAS Selection: 1 course from CAS110, CAS111, CAS112, CAS114, CAS116

Requirement 19: Major - Journalism - Literature
Major - Journalism - Literature: 1 course from Literature course

Requirement 20: Major - Journalism - Civic
Major - Journalism - Civic: 1 course from Civic course

Requirement 21: Major - Journalism - Courses Outside Distribution
Major - Journalism - Courses Outside Distribution: 72 credits from Courses outside the School of Journalism and mass communication.

Requirement 22: Major - Journalism - Courses In JRN Distribution
Major - Journalism - Courses In JRN Distribution: 48 credits from JRN Courses

Requirement 23: Major - Journalism - Concentration
Major - Journalism - Concentration: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
International Reporting: 12 credits
At least 9 credits from JRN265, JRN365, JRN465
At least 3 credits from JRN365, JRN492
Environment & Science & Health Reporting: 12 credits
At least 6 credits from JRN372, JRN472
At least 6 credits from JRN372, JRN472, JRN492
Information Graphics: 12 credits
At least 9 credits from JRN338, JRN345, JRN438
At least 3 credits from JRN336, JRN492
Broadcast Journalism: 12 credits
At least 12 credits from JRN206, JRN306, JRN403, JRN406
Journalism Education: 12 credits
At least 12 credits from JRN206, JRN310, JRN336, JRN409
Media Design: 12 credits
At least 9 credits from JRN336, JRN345, JRN436
At least 3 credits from JRN338, JRN492
Media Relations: 12 credits
At least 10 credits from JRN206, JRN310, JRN336, JRN402
At least 2 credits from ADV402, COM402, JRN345, JRN402, JRN492
Photojournalism: 12 credits
At least 9 credits from JRN310, JRN345, JRN410
At least 3 credits from CAS110, CAS112, CAS205, CAS396, CAS496, JRN483, JRN493
Sports Journalism: 12 credits
At least 12 credits from JRN218, JRN317, JRN416, JRN418
Writing & Reporting & Editing: 12 credits
At least 3 credits from JRN420, JRN472, JRN492
At least 9 credits from JRN305, JRN407, JRN432

Requirement 24: 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 25: 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 26: 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.