Journalism and Media Studies - Bachelor of Arts

Below are the requirements for completing the Bachelor of Arts with a major in Journalism and Media Studies without a specific area of focus. For information on how to complete the program with either an advertising, broadcasting, or Multimedia/Photojournalist focus, please see the roadmaps tab.

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 must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communications
English Composition - Level 1
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition4
English Composition - Level 2
Choose one from the following:3
Business and Professional Communication3
Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences3
Technical and Scientific Communication3
Advanced Composition3
Advanced Technical and Professional Communication3
Oral Communication
Choose one from the following:3
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agricultural Organizations3
Public Speaking3
Principles of Human Communication3
Principles of Human Communication Honors3
Area II: Mathematics
MATH 210GMathematics Appreciation 13
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences10
Media and Society (Core Requirement)3
Area III: Laboratory Science Course (4 credits) 2
Choose One More Class from Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences Course ( 3 credits) 2
Area V: Humanities 23
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 23
General Education Elective 23
Viewing a Wider World Courses 36
Departmental/College Requirements
Core Requirements (Required of Majors)
JOUR 102Grammar for Journalists 42
JOUR 110Introduction to Media Writing3
JOUR 201Introduction to Multimedia3
JOUR 210Newswriting & Reporting3
JOUR 493Media Law3
Advanced Requirements 5
Introductory Professional Courses 63-9
Introduction to Advertising3
Video Production and Editing3
News Reporting & Publishing3
Intro Photography3
Media Graphic Design3
Introduction to Public Relations3
Media Internship3
Media Practicum1-3
Intermediate Professional Courses3-6
Feature Writing3
Advertising/Copywriting3
Broadcast Reporting3
News 221-3
News Editing3
Photojournalism3
TV News Shooting & Editing3
Public Relations Writing3
Media Planning and Buying3
Advanced/ Capstone Professional Courses3-6
Documentary Photojournalism3
RTV Scriptwriting/Performance3
Multimedia Publishing3
Public Relations Campaigns3
Advertising Campaigns3
Media Courses 73
Media History3
Mass Media Ethics3
Women and the Media3
Sports & Entertainment P.R.3
Media Research3
Special Topics3
Media Theory3
Independent Study in Media1-3
Second Language Requirement: (required- see below)8
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 848-36
15 credits must be Upper Division
Total Credits120

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:

Prefix Title Credits
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:

Prefix Title Credits
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:

Prefix Title Credits
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.

A Suggested Plan of Study for Students

This roadmap assumes student  placement in MATH 210G and ENGL 111G. The contents and order of this roadmap may vary depending on initial student placement in mathematics and English. It is only a suggested plan of study for students and is not intended as a contract. Course availability may vary from fall to spring semester and may be subject to modification or change.

Below are the roadmaps for the Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Journalism and Media Studies, the department has four focus areas that students can follow to complete their degree in an area of study that benefits them: a general journalism and media studies, advertising, broadcasting and multimedia/photojournalism focuses. These are not considered official concentrations and will not appear on a student's transcript or within their student record. 

General Focus

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
ENGL 111G Rhetoric and Composition (C- or better) 4
MATH 210G Mathematics Appreciation (C- or better) 1 3
JOUR 102 Grammar for Journalists (C- or better) 2 2
JOUR 105G Media and Society (C- or better, and will count for Gen. Ed) 3
Area V: Humanities Course 3 3
 Credits15
Spring
JOUR 110 Introduction to Media Writing (C- or better) 3
Choose one from the following: 3
Business and Professional Communication  
Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences  
Technical and Scientific Communication  
Advanced Composition  
Advanced Technical and Professional Communication  
Area III: Laboratory Science Course 3 4
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences Course 3 3
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts Course 3 3
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
JOUR 201 Introduction to Multimedia (C- or better) 3
JOUR 210 Newswriting & Reporting (C- or better) 3
Choose from one of the following: 3
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agricultural Organizations  
Public Speaking  
Principles of Human Communication  
Principles of Human Communication Honors  
General Education Elective Course 3 3
Second Language Requirement: 111- level 4 4
 Credits16
Spring
Elective Course 5 3
Second Language Requirement: 112- level 4 4
JOUR Introductory Professiona Course (C- or better) 6 3
Elective Course 5 3
JOUR Introductory Professional Course (C- or better) 6 3
 Credits16
Third Year
Fall
JOUR Introductory Professional Course (C- or better) 6 3
JOUR Intermediate Professional Course (C- or better) 7 3
JOUR - Media Course (C- or better) 8 3
Elective - Upper Division Course 5 3
VWW - Viewing a Wider World 9 3
 Credits15
Spring
JOUR - Upper Division Elective (C- or better) 3
JOUR - Upper Division Elective (C- or better) 3
JOUR Advanced Professional Course 10 3
VWW - Viewing a Wider World 9 3
Elective- Upper Division Course 5 3
 Credits15
Fourth Year
Fall
JOUR 493 Media Law (C- or better) 3
JOUR - Upper Division Elective Course (C- or better) 3
JOUR - Upper Division Elective Course (C- or better) 3
Elective- Upper Division Course 5 3
Elective- Upper Division Course 5 3
 Credits15
Spring
JOUR Advanced Professional Course 10 3
JOUR - Upper Division Elective Course (C- or better) 3
Elective - Upper Division Course 5 3
Elective Course 5 3
 Credits12
 Total Credits120

Advertising Focus

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
ENGL 111G Rhetoric and Composition (C- or better) 4
MATH 210G Mathematics Appreciation (C- or better) 1 3
JOUR 102 Grammar for Journalists (C- or better) 2 2
JOUR 105G Media and Society (C- or better, and will count for Gen. Ed) 3
Area V: Humanities, C- or better 3 3
 Credits15
Spring
JOUR 110 Introduction to Media Writing (C- or better) 3
Choose one from the following: 3
Business and Professional Communication  
Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences  
Technical and Scientific Communication  
Advanced Composition  
Advanced Technical and Professional Communication  
Area III: Laboratory Science Course 3 4
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Science Course 3 3
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts Course 3 3
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
JOUR 210 Newswriting & Reporting (C- or better) 3
JOUR 201 Introduction to Multimedia (C- or better) 3
Choose one from the following: 3
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agricultural Organizations  
Public Speaking  
Principles of Human Communication  
Principles of Human Communication Honors  
General Education Elective Course 3 3
Second Language Requirement: 111- level 4 4
 Credits16
Spring
Elective Course 5 3
Elective Course 5 3
Second Language Requirement: 112-level 4 4
JOUR 300 Introduction to Advertising (C- or better) 3
JOUR 374 Introduction to Public Relations (C- or better) 3
 Credits16
Third Year
Fall
JOUR 312 Advertising/Copywriting (C- or better) 3
JOUR 425 Media Planning and Buying (C- or better) 3
JOUR 384 Public Relations Writing (C- or better) 3
MKTG 311V Consumer Behavior (recommended VWW - Viewing a Wider World) 3
MKTG 303 Principles of Marketing (or GOVT class) 6 3
 Credits15
Spring
JOUR 476 Public Relations Campaigns (C- or better in either) 3
JOUR - Media Course (C- or better) 7 3
VWW - Viewing a Wider World Course 8 3
MKTG 314 Advertising Strategy (or GOVT class) 6 3
Elective Course - Upper Division 5 3
 Credits15
Fourth Year
Fall
JOUR 493 Media Law (C- or better) 3
JOUR 460 Sports & Entertainment P.R. (C- or better) 3
JOUR Upper Division Elective Course (C- or better) 3
MKTG 357 Internet and Social Media Marketing (or GOVT Class) 6 3
Elective Course - Upper Division 5 3
 Credits15
Spring
JOUR 490 Advertising Campaigns 3
JOUR Upper Division Elective Course (C- or better) 3
MKTG 449 Promotion Management (or GOVT class) 3
Elective Course 5 3
 Credits12
 Total Credits120

Broadcasting Focus

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
ENGL 111G Rhetoric and Composition (C- or better) 4
MATH 210G Mathematics Appreciation (C- or better) 1 3
JOUR 102 Grammar for Journalists (C- or better) 2 2
JOUR 105G Media and Society (C- or better, and will count for Gen. Ed) 3
Area V: Humanities Course, C- or better 3 3
 Credits15
Spring
JOUR 110 Introduction to Media Writing 3
Choose one from the following: 3
Business and Professional Communication  
Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences  
Technical and Scientific Communication  
Advanced Composition  
Advanced Technical and Professional Communication  
Area III: Laboratory Science Course 3 4
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences Course 3 3
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts Course 3 3
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
JOUR 210 Newswriting & Reporting (C- or better) 3
JOUR 201 Introduction to Multimedia (C- or better) 3
Choose one from the following: 3
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agricultural Organizations  
Public Speaking  
Principles of Human Communication  
Principles of Human Communication Honors  
General Education Elective Course 3 3
Second Language Requirement: 111- level 4 4
 Credits16
Spring
Second Language Requirement: 112-level 4 4
Elective Course 5 3
Elective Course 5 3
JOUR 302 Video Production and Editing (C- or better) 3
JOUR - Introductory Professional Course (C- or better) 6 3
 Credits16
Third Year
Fall
JOUR 314 Broadcast Reporting (C- or better) 3
JOUR 330 TV News Shooting & Editing (C- or better) 3
JOUR - Introductory Professional Course 6 3
VWW - Viewing a Wider World 7 3
Elective Course 5 3
 Credits15
Spring
JOUR 315 News 22 (C- or better) 3
VWW - Viewing a Wider World Course 7 3
JOUR - Advanced/Capstone Professional Course (C- or better) 8 3
Elective Course - Upper Division 5 3
Elective Course - Upper Division 5 3
 Credits15
Fourth Year
Fall
JOUR 493 Media Law (C- or better) 3
JOUR Upper Division Elective Course (C- or better) 3
JOUR Upper Division Elective Course (C- or better) 3
Elective Course - Upper Division 5 3
Elective Course - Upper Division 5 3
 Credits15
Spring
JOUR 414 RTV Scriptwriting/Performance (C- or better) 3
JOUR - Media Course (C- or Better) 9 3
Elective - Upper Division Course 5 3
Elective Course 5 3
 Credits12
 Total Credits120

Multimedia and Photojournalism Focus

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
ENGL 111G Rhetoric and Composition (C- or better) 4
MATH 210G Mathematics Appreciation (C- or better) 1 3
JOUR 102 Grammar for Journalists (C- or better) 2 2
JOUR 105G Media and Society (C- or better, and will count for Gen. Ed) 3
Area V: Humanities Course 3 3
 Credits15
Spring
JOUR 110 Introduction to Media Writing 3
Choose one from the following: 3
Business and Professional Communication  
Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences  
Technical and Scientific Communication  
Advanced Composition  
Advanced Technical and Professional Communication  
Area III: Laboratory Science Course 3 4
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences Course 3 3
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts Course 3 3
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
JOUR 210 Newswriting & Reporting (C- or better) 3
JOUR 201 Introduction to Multimedia (C- or better) 3
Choose one from the following: 3
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agricultural Organizations  
Public Speaking  
Principles of Human Communication  
Principles of Human Communication Honors  
General Education Elective Course 3 3
Second Language Requirement: 111- level 4 4
 Credits16
Spring
Elective Course 5 3
Second Language Requirement: 112-level 4 4
Elective Course 5 3
JOUR 319 Intro Photography 3
JOUR Introductory Professional Course 6 3
 Credits16
Third Year
Fall
JOUR 310 News Reporting & Publishing (C- or better) 3
JOUR 317 News Editing (C- or better) 3
JOUR Upper Division Elective Course 3
VWW - Viewing a Wider World Course 7 3
Elective Course 5 3
 Credits15
Spring
JOUR 412 Documentary Photojournalism (C- or better) 3
JOUR 306 Feature Writing (C- or better) 3
VWW - Viewing a Wider World Course 7 3
Elective Course - Upper Divison 5 3
Elective Course - Upper Divison 5 3
 Credits15
Fourth Year
Fall
JOUR 493 Media Law (C- or better) 3
JOUR Media Course 8 3
JOUR Intermediate Professional Course (C- or better) 9 3
Elective Course - Upper Divison 5 3
Elective Course - Upper Divison 5 3
 Credits15
Spring
JOUR 427 Multimedia Publishing 3
JOUR Upper Division Elective Course (C- or better) 3
Elective - Upper Division Course 5 3
Elective Course 5 3
 Credits12
 Total Credits120