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 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 Communication 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
Lower-Division:
JOUR 110Media Writing I3
JOUR 201Introduction to Multimedia Journalism3
JOUR 210Copyediting3
Upper-Division:
JOUR 300Introduction to Advertising3
JOUR 302Television Videography & Editing3
JOUR 319Intro Photography3
JOUR 321Media Graphic Design3
JOUR 374Introduction to Public Relations3
JOUR 493Media Law3
Advanced Requirements 4
Introductory Professional Courses 53-9
Media Writing II3
Media Internship3
Media Practicum1-3
Intermediate Professional Courses3-6
Sports Writing and Reporting3
Advertising/Copywriting3
Broadcast Reporting3
News 221-3
Photojournalism3
TV News Shooting & Editing3
Public Relations Storytelling3
Media Planning and Buying3
Advanced/ Capstone Professional Courses3-6
Documentary Photojournalism3
Broadcast Reporting Portfolio3
Media Writing III3
Advertising & Public Relations Campaigns3
IMC Campaign3
Media Courses 63
Media History3
Mass Media Ethics3
Women and the Media3
Social Media Management and Analytics3
Sports & Entertainment P.R.3
Environmental, Social, & Governance Public Relations3
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 120 723-39
15 credits must be Upper Division
Total Credits120
1

See the General Education section of the catalog for a full list of courses

2

See the Viewing a Wider World section of the catalog for a full list of courses

3

Students must complete 27 credits of non-core courses, including at least one course from each category listed above, introductory professional course, intermedia professional course, capstone course, and media course. Number of credits listed next to each category is recommended, not required. Entry into courses is subject to successful completion of appropriate prerequisites.

4

All introductory classes, except JOUR 310 Media Writing II and JOUR 374 Introduction to Public Relations, do not require any prerequisite class to get into these classes. Students must successfully finish JOUR 210 Copyediting to get into JOUR 310 Media Writing II and JOUR 110 Media Writing I to get into JOUR 374 Introduction to Public Relations.

5

 Students should take at least one class from media courses. For Ad/PR students, JOUR 457 Social Media Management and Analytics, JOUR 470 Environmental, Social, & Governance Public Relations and JOUR 489 Media Research are recommended.

 
 
7

Elective credit may vary based on prerequisites, dual credit, AP credit, double majors, and/or minor coursework. The amount indicated in the requirements list is the amount needed to bring the total to 120 credits and may appear in variable form based on the degree. However students may end up needing to complete more or less on a case-by-case basis and students should discuss elective requirements with their advisor.

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 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
FreshmanCredits
ENGL 1110G Composition I (C- or better) 4
Area II: Mathematics Course 1 3-4
Survey of Mathematics (Recommended (C- or better) )
JOUR 105G Media and Society (C- or better - will count for Gen. Ed requirement) 3
Area V: Humanities Course 1 3
JOUR 110 Media Writing I 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
JOUR 210 Copyediting 3
JOUR 201 Introduction to Multimedia Journalism 3
 Credits32-33
Sophomore
JOUR Introductory Professional Courses (C- or better) 5 12
Choose from one of the following: 3
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agriculture
Introduction to Communication
COMM 1130G Public Speaking 3
Introduction to Communication Honors
General Education Elective Course 1 3
Second Language Requirement: 1110- level 3 4
Second Language Requirement: 1120- level 3 4
Elective Course 4 3
 Credits32
Junior
JOUR Introductory Professional Course (C- or better) 5 6
JOUR - Media Course (C- or better) 7 3
JOUR - Upper Division Elective (C- or better) 6
JOUR Advanced Professional Course 9 3
VWW - Viewing a Wider World Courses 8 6
Elective - Upper Division Course 4 6
 Credits30
Senior
JOUR 493 Media Law (C- or better) 3
JOUR - Upper Division Elective Course (C- or better) 9
Elective - Upper Division Courses 4 9
JOUR Advanced Professional Course 9 3
Elective Course 4 3
 Credits27
 Total Credits121-122
1

See the General Education section of the catalog for a full list of courses.

2

Second Language: options for completing the second language requirement can be located on the Requirements tab for this degree.

3

Elective credit may vary based on second language requirements, prerequisites, dual credit, AP credit, double majors, and/or minor coursework. The amount indicated in the requirements list is the amount needed to bring the total to 120 credits and may appear in variable form based on the degree. However students may end up needing to complete more or less on a case-by-case basis and students should discuss elective requirements with their advisor.

4

 Introductory Professional Courses: JOUR 300 Introduction to Advertising, JOUR 302 Television Videography & Editing, JOUR 310 Media Writing II, JOUR 319 Intro Photography, JOUR 321 Media Graphic Design, JOUR 374 Introduction to Public Relations, JOUR 407 Media Internship, JOUR 408 Media Practicum

5

 Intermediate Professional Courses: JOUR 384 Public Relations Storytelling, JOUR 312 Advertising/Copywriting, JOUR 314 Broadcast Reporting, JOUR 315 News 22, JOUR 320 Photojournalism, JOUR 330 TV News Shooting & Editing, JOUR 425 Media Planning and Buying

6

Media Course options for the Upper Division JOUR requirement: JOUR 350 Media History, JOUR 377V Mass Media Ethics, JOUR 380 Women and the MediaJOUR 457 Social Media Management and Analytics JOUR 460 Sports & Entertainment P.R., JOUR 470 Environmental, Social, & Governance Public RelationsJOUR 489 Media Research, JOUR 494 Special Topics, JOUR 495 Media Theory, JOUR 499 Independent Study in Media

7

 See the Viewing a Wider World section of the catalog for a full list of courses.

8

Advanced/Capstone Professional Courses: JOUR 412 Documentary Photojournalism, JOUR 414 Broadcast Reporting PortfolioJOUR 427 Media Writing III  JOUR 476 Advertising & Public Relations Campaigns, JOUR 490 IMC Campaign

Strategic Communications (Ad/PR) Focus

Plan of Study Grid
FreshmanCredits
ENGL 1110G Composition I (C- or better) 4
Area II: Mathematics Course 1 3-4
Survey of Mathematics (Recommended (C- or better) )
JOUR 105G Media and Society (C- or better - will count for Gen Ed requirement) 3
Area V: Humanities, C- or better 1 3
JOUR 110 Media Writing I 3
Choose one from the following: 3
Professional & Technical Communication
Writing in the Humanities and Social Science
Area III: Laboratory Science Course 1 4
JOUR 201 Introduction to Multimedia Journalism 3
JOUR 210 Copyediting 3
Elective Course 1
 Credits30-31
Sophomore
Choose one from the following: 3
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agriculture
Public Speaking
Introduction to Communication
Introduction to Communication Honors
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Science Course 1 3
General Education Elective Course 1 3
Second Language Requirement: 1110- level 2 4
JOUR 300 Introduction to Advertising 3
Second Language Requirement: 1120-level 2 4
JOUR 374 Introduction to Public Relations (C- or better) 3
Elective Courses 3 7
 Credits30
Junior
JOUR 312 Advertising/Copywriting (C- or better) 3
JOUR 425 Media Planning and Buying (C- or better) 3
JOUR 384 Public Relations Storytelling (C- or better) 3
MKTG 311V Consumer Behavior (recommended VWW - Viewing a Wider World) 3
MKTG 303 Principles of Marketing (or POLS course) 4 3
JOUR 476 Advertising & Public Relations Campaigns (C- or better) 3
JOUR - Media Course (C- or better) 5 3
VWW - Viewing a Wider World Course 6 3
MKTG 314 Advertising Strategy (or POLS course) 5 3
JOUR 470 Environmental, Social, & Governance Public Relations 3
 Credits30
Senior
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 POLS course) 5 3
JOUR 457 Social Media Management and Analytics 3
JOUR 490 IMC Campaign 3
JOUR Upper Division Elective Course (C- or better) 3
MKTG 449 Promotion Management (or POLS course) 3
Elective Course - Upper Division 3 3
Elective Course - Upper Division 3 3
Elective Course 3 1
 Credits31
 Total Credits121-122
1

See the General Education section of the catalog for a full list of courses.

2

Second Language: options for completing the second language requirement can be located on the Requirements tab for this degree.

3

Elective credit may vary based on second language requirements, prerequisites, dual credit, AP credit, double majors, and/or minor coursework. The amount indicated in the requirements list is the amount needed to bring the total to 120 credits and may appear in variable form based on the degree. However students may end up needing to complete more or less on a case-by-case basis and students should discuss elective requirements with their advisor.

4

Students should take MKTG 303 Principles of Marketing but if PR students want to stay in Government area, it is recommended to double major in Government.

5

Media Courses: JOUR 350 Media History, JOUR 377V Mass Media Ethics, JOUR 380 Women and the Media, JOUR 460 Sports & Entertainment P.R., JOUR 489 Media Research, JOUR 494 Special Topics, JOUR 495 Media Theory, JOUR 499 Independent Study in Media

6

 See the Viewing a Wider World section of the catalog for a full list of courses.

Broadcasting Focus

Plan of Study Grid
FreshmanCredits
ENGL 1110G Composition I (C- or better) 4
Area II: Mathematics Course 1 3-4
Survey of Mathematics (Recommended (C- or better))
JOUR 105G Media and Society (C- or better, will count for Gen Ed requirement) 3
JOUR 110 Media Writing I 3
JOUR 210 Copyediting 3
JOUR 201 Introduction to Multimedia Journalism 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
 Credits29-30
Sophomore
JOUR 302 Television Videography & Editing 3
JOUR 319 Intro Photography 3
Choose one from the following: 3
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agriculture
Introduction to Communication
Public Speaking
Introduction to Communication Honors
Area V: Humanities Course, C- or better 1 3
General Education Elective Course 1 3
Second Language Requirement: 1110- level 3 4
Second Language Requirement: 1120-level 3 4
JOUR - Introductory Professional Course (C- or better) 5 3
JOUR Intermediate Professional Course (C- or better) 3
Elective Courses 4 3
 Credits32
Junior
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 Courses 6 6
JOUR 315 News 22 (C- or better) 3
JOUR - Advanced/Capstone Professional Course (C- or better) 7 3
Elective Courses 4 3
Elective Courses - Upper Division 4 6
 Credits30
Senior
JOUR 493 Media Law (C- or better) 3
JOUR Upper Division Elective Courses (C- or better) 6
JOUR 414 Broadcast Reporting Portfolio (C- or better) 3
JOUR - Media Course (C- or Better) 8 3
Elective Course 4 6
Elective Courses - Upper Division 4 9
 Credits30
 Total Credits121-122
1

See the General Education section of the catalog for a full list of courses

2

Second Language: options for completing the second language requirement can be located on the Requirements tab for this degree.

3

Elective credit may vary based on second language requirements, prerequisites, dual credit, AP credit, double majors, and/or minor coursework. The amount indicated in the requirements list is the amount needed to bring the total to 120 credits and may appear in variable form based on the degree. However students may end up needing to complete more or less on a case-by-case basis and students should discuss elective requirements with their advisor.

4

Introductory Professional Courses: JOUR 302 Television Videography & Editing

5

See the Viewing a Wider World section of the catalog for a full list of courses.

6

Advanced/Capstone Professional Courses: JOUR 412 Documentary Photojournalism, JOUR 414 RTV Scriptwriting/PerformanceJOUR 427 Media Writing III JOUR 476 Public Relations Campaigns, JOUR 490 Advertising Campaigns

7

Media Course options for the Upper Division JOUR requirement: JOUR 350 Media History, JOUR 377V Mass Media Ethics, JOUR 380 Women and the MediaJOUR 457 Social Media Management and Analytics  JOUR 460 Sports & Entertainment P.R.JOUR 470 Environmental, Social, & Governance Public Relations JOUR 489 Media Research, JOUR 494 Special Topics, JOUR 495 Media Theory, JOUR 499 Independent Study in Media

Multimedia and Photojournalism Focus

Plan of Study Grid
FreshmanCredits
ENGL 1110G Composition I (C- or better) 4
Area II: Mathematics Course 1 3-4
Survey of Mathematics (Recommended (C- or better))
JOUR 105G Media and Society (C- or better, will count for Gen Ed requirement) 3
Area V: Humanities Course 1 3
JOUR 110 Media Writing I 3
JOUR 210 Copyediting 3
JOUR 201 Introduction to Multimedia Journalism 3
Choose one from the following: 3
Professional & Technical Communication
Writing in the Humanities and Social Science
Area III: Laboratory Science Course 1 4
Elective Course(s) 3 2
 Credits31-32
Sophomore
JOUR 310 Media Writing II 3
Choose one from the following: 3
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agriculture
Introduction to Communication
Public Speaking
Introduction to Communication Honors
General Education Elective Course 1 3
Second Language Requirement: 1110- level 2 4
Second Language Requirement: 1120-level 2 4
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences Course 1 3
JOUR Introductory Professional Course (C- or better) 3
JOUR Introductory Professional Course 4 3
JOUR 319 Intro Photography 3
Elective Courses 3 1
 Credits30
Junior
JOUR Intermediate Professional Course (C- or better) 3
JOUR Upper Division Elective Course 3
JOUR 412 Documentary Photojournalism (C- or better) 3
VWW - Viewing a Wider World Courses 5 6
JOUR 306 Sports Writing and Reporting (C- or better) 3
Elective Course - Upper Divison 3 6
Elective Courses 3 6
 Credits30
Senior
JOUR 493 Media Law (C- or better) 3
JOUR Media Course 6 3
JOUR Intermediate Professional Course (C- or better) 7 3
JOUR 427 Media Writing III 3
JOUR Upper Division Elective Course (C- or better) 3
Elective Courses - Upper Divison 3 9
Elective Course 3 6
 Credits30
 Total Credits121-122
1

See the General Education section of the catalog for a full list of courses.

2

Second Language: options for completing the second language requirement can be located on the Requirements tab for this degree.

3

Elective credit may vary based on second language requirements, prerequisites, dual credit, AP credit, double majors, and/or minor coursework. The amount indicated in the requirements list is the amount needed to bring the total to 120 credits and may appear in variable form based on the degree. However students may end up needing to complete more or less on a case-by-case basis and students should discuss elective requirements with their advisor.

4

Introductory Professional Courses: JOUR 300 Introduction to Advertising,JOUR 302 Television Videography & Editing, JOUR 310 Media Writing II, JOUR 374 Introduction to Public Relations

5

See the Viewing a Wider World section of the catalog for a full list of courses.

6

Media Courses: JOUR 350 Media History, JOUR 377V Mass Media Ethics, JOUR 380 Women and the Media, JOUR 460 Sports & Entertainment P.R., JOUR 489 Media Research, JOUR 494 Special Topics, JOUR 495 Media Theory, JOUR 499 Independent Study in Media

7

Recommended JOUR Electives: JOUR 302 Television Videography & Editing, JOUR 306 Sports Writing and Reporting, JOUR 412 Documentary Photojournalism