Journalism and Mass Communication - Bachelor of Arts

Students are required to complete

  • 15 hours of core courses, or 17 hours of core courses if they do not meet the required English ACT or SAT scores (see below),
  • then complete a minimum 24 hours of courses in the department, bringing the allowable minimum of 39 hours (41 hours to those who don't meet the required English scores).

Students must complete at least 72 hours of courses outside the department. Students are required to fulfill a Second Language equivalent to one year. Refer to the Arts & Sciences College Degree Requirements for specifics.

Core Requirements (Required of Majors)
JOUR 102Grammar for Journalists 12
JOUR 105GMedia and Society3
JOUR 110Introduction to Mass Media Writing3
JOUR 201Introduction to Multimedia3
JOUR 210Newswriting for Print and Internet3
JOUR 493Mass Communications Law3
Advanced Requirements 2
Introductory Professional Courses 3
Select at least 3 credits from the following: 43
Introduction to Advertising3
Video Production3
Intermediate Print Reporting3
Intro Photography3
Media Graphic Design3
Principles of Public Relations3
Media Internship3
Media Practicum1-3
Intermediate Professional Courses
Select at least 3 credits from the following: 53
Feature Writing for magazines and Newspapers3
Advertising/Copywriting3
Broadcast Reporting3
News 221-3
News Editing3
Photojournalism3
Electronic News Gathering3
Media Planning and Buying3
Multimedia Publishing3
Advanced/ Capstone Professional Courses
Select at least one from the following: 63
Documentary Photojournalism3
RTV Scriptwriting/Performance3
Advanced Digital Reporting3
Public Relations Campaigns3
Advertising Campaigns3
Mass Communications Courses
Select at least 3 credits from the following:3
History of Mass Media3
Mass Media Ethics3
Women and the Mass Media3
Public Relations Promotion in Sports3
Public Opinion3
Mass Media Research3
Special Topics3
Mass Communication Theory3
Independent Study in Mass Communications1-3
Select an additional 12 credits of non-core courses in the Journalism and Mass Communication department. 212
Credits outside the Journalism and Mass Communication department (72 total)
General Education Courses35
Viewing a Wider World Courses6
Electives: to bring total to 12040
Second Language Requirement (equivalent to one year) 7
Total Credits120
1

JOUR 102 Grammar for Journalists: for those with ACT English score below 25 or SAT below 570. Students must pass JOUR 102 Grammar for Journalists or have an ACT score of 25+ or 570+ SAT score prior to enrolling in basic writing classes, such as JOUR 110 Introduction to Mass Media Writing, and higher writing-based JOUR courses and to earn a Journalism and Mass Communications Degree. However, students are allowed to take JOUR 110 Introduction to Mass Media Writing while they are taking JOUR 102 Grammar for Journalists.

2

Students must complete 24 credits of non-core courses, including at least one course from each category listed above. Entry into courses is subject to successful completion of appropriate prerequisites.

3

All introductory classes, except JOUR 310 Intermediate Print Reporting, do not require any prerequisite class to get into these classes. However, students must successfully finish JOUR 210 Newswriting for Print and Internet to get into JOUR 310 Intermediate Print Reporting.

4
  • JOUR 300 Introduction to Advertising and JOUR 374 Principles of Public Relations: recommended for students specializing in advertising or public relations (PR);
  • JOUR 302 Video Production: recommended for students specializing in broadcasting;
  • JOUR 310 Intermediate Print Reporting: recommended for students specializing in news editorial or multi-media;
  • JOUR 319 Intro Photography: recommended for students specializing in photojournalism.
5
  • JOUR 306 Feature Writing for magazines and Newspapers, JOUR 317 News Editing and JOUR 427 Multimedia Publishing: recommended for students specializing in news editorial or multi-media;
  • JOUR 312 Advertising/Copywriting and JOUR 425 Media Planning and Buying: recommended for students specializing in advertising and PR;
  • JOUR 314 Broadcast Reporting, JOUR 315 News 22, and JOUR 330 Electronic News Gathering: recommended for students specializing in broadcasting;
  • JOUR 320 Photojournalism: recommended for students specializing in photojournalism.
6
  • JOUR 412 Documentary Photojournalism: capstone class for students specializing in photojournalism;
  • JOUR 414 RTV Scriptwriting/Performance: capstone class for students specializing in broadcasting;
  • JOUR 423 Advanced Digital Reporting: capstone class for students specializing in news editorial or multi-media;
  • JOUR 476 Public Relations Campaigns: capstone class for students specializing in PR;
  • JOUR 490 Advertising Campaigns: capstone class for students specializing in advertising.
7

Refer to the Arts & Sciences College Degree Requirements for specifics.