Journalism and Media Studies - 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.

Core Requirements (Required of Majors)
JOUR 102Grammar for Journalists 12
JOUR 105GMedia and Society3
JOUR 110Introduction to Media Writing3
JOUR 201Introduction to Multimedia3
JOUR 210Newswriting & Reporting3
JOUR 493Media Law3
Advanced Requirements 2
Introductory Professional Courses 3
Select at least 3 credits from the following: 43
Introduction to Advertising3
Video Production3
News Reporting & Publishing3
Intro Photography3
Media Graphic Design3
Introduction to Public Relations3
Media Internship3
Media Practicum1-3
Intermediate Professional Courses
Select at least 3 credits from the following: 53
Feature Writing3
Advertising/Copywriting3
Broadcast Reporting3
News 221-3
News Editing3
Photojournalism3
TV News Shooting & Editing3
Media Planning and Buying3
Advanced/ Capstone Professional Courses
Select at least one from the following: 63
Multimedia Publishing3
Documentary Photojournalism3
RTV Scriptwriting/Performance3
Public Relations Campaigns3
Advertising Campaigns3
Mass Communications Courses
Select at least 3 credits from the following:3
Media History3
Mass Media Ethics3
Women and the Media3
Public Relations Promotion in Sports3
Public Opinion3
Media Research3
Special Topics3
Mass Communication Theory3
Independent Study in Media1-3
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: (required- see below)
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 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 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 News Reporting & Publishing, do not require any prerequisite class to get into these classes. However, students must successfully finish JOUR 210 Newswriting & Reporting to get into JOUR 310 News Reporting & Publishing.

4
  • JOUR 300 Introduction to Advertising and JOUR 374 Introduction to Public Relations: recommended for students specializing in advertising or public relations (PR);
  • JOUR 302 Video Production: recommended for students specializing in broadcasting;
  • JOUR 310 News Reporting & Publishing: 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, and JOUR 317 News Editing : 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 TV News Shooting & Editing: 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 427 Multimedia Publishing: 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.

Second Language Requirement

For the Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Media Studies there is a one year second language requirement, the student must do one of the following:

Option 1:

Complete two semesters from the following:
CHIN 111Elementary Chinese I4
or FREN 111 Elementary French I
or GER 111 Elementary German I
or JPNS 111 Elementary Japanese I
or SPAN 111 Elementary Spanish I
CHIN 112Elementary Chinese II4
or FREN 112 Elementary French II
or GER 112 Elementary German II
or JPNS 112 Elementary Japanese II
or SPAN 112 Elementary Spanish II
For Heritage Learners:
SPAN 213Spanish for Heritage Learners II3
or SPAN 214 Spanish for Heritage Learners III
or PORT 213 Portuguese for Romance Language Students I
or PORT 214 Portuguese for Romance Language Students II

Option 2:

Complete two semesters of American Sign Language (with a C- or better):
C D 374American Sign Language I3
C D 375American Sign Language II3

Option 3:

Challenge the 112 level for the following courses:
CHIN 112Elementary Chinese II4
or FREN 112 Elementary French II
or GER 112 Elementary German II
or SPAN 112 Elementary Spanish II
OR
Challenge the 213 level for the following courses:
PORT 213Portuguese for Romance Language Students I3
or SPAN 213 Spanish for Heritage Learners II

Option 4:

Pass a three-credit, upper-division course (numbered 300 or above) taught in a second language by the department of Languages and Linguistics.

Option 5:

Obtain college certification of completion of two years of a second language at the high school level with a grade of C- or higher in the second-year level.

Option 6:

By obtaining certification of a working knowledge of a Native American language from the American Indian program director.

Option 7:

By obtaining, from the head of the Department of Languages and Linguistics, certification of a working knowledge of a second language if such language is not taught at NMSU.

Option 8:

In the case of a foreign student who is required to take the TOEFL exam admission, the dean will automatically waive the second language requirement.