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 102||Grammar for Journalists 1||2|
|JOUR 105G||Media and Society||3|
|JOUR 110||Introduction to Mass Media Writing||3|
|JOUR 201||Introduction to Multimedia||3|
|JOUR 210||Newswriting for Print and Internet||3|
|JOUR 493||Mass Communications Law||3|
|Advanced Requirements 2|
|Introductory Professional Courses 3|
|Select at least 3 credits from the following: 4||3|
|Introduction to Advertising||3|
|Intermediate Print Reporting||3|
|Media Graphic Design||3|
|Principles of Public Relations||3|
|Intermediate Professional Courses|
|Select at least 3 credits from the following: 5||3|
|Feature Writing for magazines and Newspapers||3|
|Electronic News Gathering||3|
|Media Planning and Buying||3|
|Advanced/ Capstone Professional Courses|
|Select at least one from the following: 6||3|
|Advanced Digital Reporting||3|
|Public Relations Campaigns||3|
|Mass Communications Courses|
|Select at least 3 credits from the following:||3|
|History of Mass Media||3|
|Mass Media Ethics||3|
|Women and the Mass Media||3|
|Public Relations Promotion in Sports||3|
|Mass Media Research||3|
|Mass Communication Theory||3|
|Independent Study in Mass Communications||1-3|
|Select an additional 12 credits of non-core courses in the Journalism and Mass Communication department. 2||12|
|Credits outside the Journalism and Mass Communication department (72 total)|
|General Education Courses||35|
|Viewing a Wider World Courses||6|
|Electives: to bring total to 120||40|
|Second Language Requirement (equivalent to one year) 7|
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.
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.
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.
Refer to the Arts & Sciences College Degree Requirements for specifics.