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 27 hours of courses in the department, bringing the allowable minimum of 42 hours (43 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 1110GComposition I4
English Composition - Level 2
Choose one from the following:3
Professional & Technical Communication3
Writing in the Humanities and Social Science3
Oral Communication
Choose one from the following:3
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agriculture3
Introduction to Communication3
Public Speaking3
Introduction to Communications Honors3
Area II: Mathematics 1
MATH 1130GSurvey of Mathematics (Recommended)3
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences10
Media and Society (Core Requirement)3
Area III: Laboratory Science Course (4 credits) 1
Choose One More Class from Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences Course ( 3 credits) 1
Area V: Humanities 13
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 13
General Education Elective 13
Viewing a Wider World Courses 26
Departmental/College Requirements
Core Requirements (Required of Majors)
JOUR 102Grammar for Journalists 32
JOUR 110Introduction to Media Writing3
JOUR 201Introduction to Multimedia3
JOUR 210Newswriting & Reporting3
JOUR 493Media Law3
Advanced Requirements 4
Introductory Professional Courses 53-9
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
Branding and Storytelling in IMC3
Media Planning and Buying3
Advanced/ Capstone Professional Courses3-6
Documentary Photojournalism3
RTV Scriptwriting/Performance3
Multimedia Publishing3
Public Relations Campaigns3
IMC Campaign3
Media Courses 63
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)4-8
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 736-52
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 options to complete this requirement are listed below. The number of credits that a student needs to take may vary depending on what level they come in with. Please speak with an advisor for more information as to which courses you will need to take to fulfill the second language requirement for this degree.

Option 1:

Prefix Title Credits
Complete one of the following sequences:
CHIN 1110
CHIN 1120
Mandarin Chinese I
and Mandarin Chinese II
4-8
FREN 1110
FREN 1120
French I
and French II
4-8
GRMN 1110
GRMN 1120
German I
and German II
4-8
JAPN 1110
JAPN 1120
Japanese I
and Japanese II
4-8
SPAN 1110
SPAN 1120
Spanish I
and Spanish II
4-8
PORT 1110
PORT 1120
Portuguese I
and Portuguese II
3-6
For Heritage Speakers:
SPAN 1210
SPAN 1220
Elementary Spanish for Heritage Learners I
and Spanish for Heritage Learners II
3-6
or SPAN 2210 Spanish for Heritage Learners III

Option 2:

Prefix Title Credits
Complete the following sequence for American Sign Language (with a C- or better):
SIGN 1110American Sign Language I3
SIGN 1120American Sign Language II3

Option 3:

Prefix Title Credits
Challenge the 1120 level for the following courses:
CHIN 1120Mandarin Chinese II4
or FREN 1120 French II
or GRMN 1120 German II
or JAPN 1120 Japanese II
or SPAN 1120 Spanish II
OR
Challenge the 1120/1220/2210 level for the following courses:
PORT 1120Portuguese II3
or SPAN 1220 Spanish for Heritage Learners II
or SPAN 2210 Spanish for Heritage Learners III

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 three 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 1130G Survey of Mathematics MATH 1130G Survey of Mathematics and ENGL 1110G Composition I. 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 1110G Composition I (C- or better) 4
Area II: Mathematics Course 1 3-4
Survey of Mathematics (C- or better (Recommended))  
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 1 3
 Credits15-16
Spring
JOUR 110 Introduction to Media Writing (C- or better) 3
Choose one from the following: 3
Professional & Technical Communication  
Writing in the Humanities and Social Science  
Area III: Laboratory Science Course 1 4
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences Course 1 3
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts Course 1 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 Agriculture  
Introduction to Communication  
Public Speaking  
Introduction to Communications Honors  
General Education Elective Course 1 3
Second Language Requirement: 1110- level 3 4
 Credits16
Spring
Elective Course 4 3
Second Language Requirement: 1120- level 3 4
JOUR Introductory Professiona Course (C- or better) 5 3
Elective Course 4 3
JOUR Introductory Professional Course (C- or better) 5 3
 Credits16
Third Year
Fall
JOUR Introductory Professional Course (C- or better) 5 3
JOUR Intermediate Professional Course (C- or better) 6 3
JOUR - Media Course (C- or better) 7 3
Elective - Upper Division Course 4 3
VWW - Viewing a Wider World 8 3
 Credits15
Spring
JOUR - Upper Division Elective (C- or better) 3
JOUR - Upper Division Elective (C- or better) 3
JOUR Advanced Professional Course 9 3
VWW - Viewing a Wider World 8 3
Elective- Upper Division Course 4 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 4 3
Elective- Upper Division Course 4 3
 Credits15
Spring
JOUR Advanced Professional Course 9 3
JOUR - Upper Division Elective Course (C- or better) 3
Elective - Upper Division Course 4 3
Elective Course 4 3
 Credits12
 Total Credits120-121

Advertising and PR Focus

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
ENGL 1110G Composition I (C- or better) 4
Area II: Mathematics Course 1 3-4
Survey of Mathematics (C- or better (Recommended))  
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 1 3
 Credits15-16
Spring
JOUR 110 Introduction to Media Writing (C- or better) 3
Choose one from the following: 3
Professional & Technical Communication  
Writing in the Humanities and Social Science  
Area III: Laboratory Science Course 1 4
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Science Course 1 3
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts Course 1 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 Agriculture  
Introduction to Communication  
Public Speaking  
Introduction to Communications Honors  
General Education Elective Course 1 3
Second Language Requirement: 1110- level 3 4
 Credits16
Spring
Elective Course 4 3
Elective Course 4 3
Second Language Requirement: 1120-level 3 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 Branding and Storytelling in IMC (C- or better) 3
MKTG 311V Consumer Behavior (recommended VWW - Viewing a Wider World) 3
MKTG 303 Principles of Marketing (or GOVT class) 5 3
 Credits15
Spring
JOUR 476 Public Relations Campaigns (C- or better in either) 3
JOUR - Media Course (C- or better) 6 3
VWW - Viewing a Wider World Course 7 3
MKTG 314 Advertising Strategy (or GOVT class) 5 3
Elective Course - Upper Division 4 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) 5 3
Elective Course - Upper Division 4 3
 Credits15
Spring
JOUR 490 IMC Campaign 3
JOUR Upper Division Elective Course (C- or better) 3
MKTG 449 Promotion Management (or GOVT class) 3
Elective Course 4 3
 Credits12
 Total Credits120-121

Broadcasting Focus

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
ENGL 1110G Composition I (C- or better) 4
Area II: Mathematics Course 1 3-4
Survey of Mathematics (C- or better (Recommended))  
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 1 3
 Credits15-16
Spring
JOUR 110 Introduction to Media Writing 3
Choose one from the following: 3
Professional & Technical Communication  
Writing in the Humanities and Social Science  
Area III: Laboratory Science Course 1 4
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences Course 1 3
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts Course 1 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 Agriculture  
Introduction to Communication  
Public Speaking  
Introduction to Communications Honors  
General Education Elective Course 1 3
Second Language Requirement: 1110- level 3 4
 Credits16
Spring
Second Language Requirement: 1120-level 3 4
Elective Course 4 3
Elective Course 4 3
JOUR 302 Video Production and Editing (C- or better) 3
JOUR - Introductory Professional Course (C- or better) 5 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 5 3
VWW - Viewing a Wider World 6 3
Elective Course 4 3
 Credits15
Spring
JOUR 315 News 22 (C- or better) 3
VWW - Viewing a Wider World Course 6 3
JOUR - Advanced/Capstone Professional Course (C- or better) 7 3
Elective Course - Upper Division 4 3
Elective Course - Upper Division 4 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 4 3
Elective Course - Upper Division 4 3
 Credits15
Spring
JOUR 414 RTV Scriptwriting/Performance (C- or better) 3
JOUR - Media Course (C- or Better) 8 3
Elective - Upper Division Course 4 3
Elective Course 4 3
 Credits12
 Total Credits120-121

Multimedia and Photojournalism Focus

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
ENGL 1110G Composition I (C- or better) 4
Area II: Mathematics Course 1 3-4
Survey of Mathematics (C- or better (Recommended))  
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 1 3
 Credits15-16
Spring
JOUR 110 Introduction to Media Writing 3
Choose one from the following: 3
Professional & Technical Communication  
Writing in the Humanities and Social Science  
Area III: Laboratory Science Course 1 4
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences Course 1 3
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts Course 1 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 Agriculture  
Introduction to Communication  
Public Speaking  
Introduction to Communications Honors  
General Education Elective Course 1 3
Second Language Requirement: 1110- level 3 4
 Credits16
Spring
Elective Course 4 3
Second Language Requirement: 1120-level 3 4
Elective Course 4 3
JOUR 319 Intro Photography 3
JOUR Introductory Professional Course 5 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 6 3
Elective Course 4 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 6 3
Elective Course - Upper Divison 4 3
Elective Course - Upper Divison 4 3
 Credits15
Fourth Year
Fall
JOUR 493 Media Law (C- or better) 3
JOUR Media Course 7 3
JOUR Intermediate Professional Course (C- or better) 8 3
Elective Course - Upper Divison 4 3
Elective Course - Upper Divison 4 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 Credits120-121