The B.A. in Journalism prepares students for positions in media production, reporting, editing and design. There are two tracks for students majoring in journalism, journalism and journalism broadcast and digital media. The curriculum offers a blend of courses to support this goal. The coursework begins with basic photo, video, writing, reporting and visual literacy skills. These are then followed by courses that focus on design, and advanced reporting and writing projects. Students in the broadcast and digital media track will take several courses in broadcast news and telecommunication. Those in journalism will take a series of electives and interdisciplinary courses, to build skills in interviewing, writing, social media and specialized journalism. 

Other on-campus outlets for student writing and productions include the Penguin Review, the *yo magazineThe JennyRookery Radio, and thejambar.com. Internships and other writing opportunities are available at local media outlets including local TV, radio and newspapers. The Business Journal, The Vindicator, and the Tribune Chronicle. Additionally, Journalism majors are encouraged to declare minors that support their specific career objectives, such as public relations, political science, telecommunications, or art/design.

COURSETITLES.H.
General Education Requirements
Core Competencies
ENGL 1550Writing 13
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
Math Requirement (e.g., MATH 2623)3
Arts and Humanities6
Natural Sciences7
Social Sciences6
Social and Personal Awareness6
General Education Elective or First-Year Experience Course (e.g., CCAC 1500)3
Foreign Language 15504
Foreign Language 26004
Required Core Courses
JOUR 2624Imaging and Design of Media3
JOUR 3721LJournalism Workshop3
JOUR 3723Advanced Journalism Editing and Design3
JOUR 2622News Reporting 13
JOUR 2626American Journalism3
JOUR 3760News Reporting 23
JOUR 4824Press Law and Ethics3
JOUR 4893Journalism Senior Project3
Telecommunication Core Courses
TCOM 1580Introduction to Telecommunication Studies3
TCOM 1581Telecommunication Technologies2
TCOM 2682Scriptwriting for Electronic Media3
TCOM 2683Media Operations and Performance3
TCOM 3781Audio Production3
or TCOM 3782 Video Production 1
TCOM 3780Principles and Practices of Media Announcing3
or TCOM 3789 Electronic Media Interviewing
TCOM 3790Broadcast News Lab3
TCOM 4890Producing Broadcast News3
Minor Requirements (some minors require more than 18 credits; assumes 9 hours are upper division)18
Elective (6 s.h. must be upper division)7
Total Semester Hours120
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallS.H.
JOUR 2624 Imaging and Design of Media 3
ENGL 1550 Writing 1 3
TCOM 1580 Introduction to Telecommunication Studies 3
First Year Experience 3
Artistic & Literary Domain 3
 Semester Hours15
Spring
JOUR 2626 American Journalism 3
TCOM 1581 Telecommunication Technologies 2
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
First Social Science Domains 3
First SPA Domain 3
 Semester Hours17
Year 2
Fall
JOUR 2622 News Reporting 1 3
Math Requirement 3
TCOM 2683 Media Operations and Performance 3
First Natural Science and Lab 4
Second Social Science Domain 3
 Semester Hours16
Spring
JOUR 3721L Journalism Workshop 3
TCOM 2682 Scriptwriting for Electronic Media 3
Minor Class 1 3
Second Artistic & Literary Domain 3
Second Natural Science Domain 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 3
Fall
TCOM 3781
Audio Production
or Video Production 1
3
JOUR 4824 Press Law and Ethics 3
Second SPA Domain 3
Foreign Language 1550 4
Minor Class 2 3
 Semester Hours16
Spring
JOUR 3723 Advanced Journalism Editing and Design 3
TCOM 3790 Broadcast News Lab 3
Foreign Language 2600 4
Minor Class 3 3
Minor Class 4 3
 Semester Hours16
Year 4
Fall
JOUR 3760 News Reporting 2 3
TCOM 4890 Producing Broadcast News 3
Minor Class 5 3
Upper Division Elective 3
Upper Division Elective 3
 Semester Hours15
Spring
JOUR 4893 Journalism Senior Project 3
TCOM 3789
Electronic Media Interviewing
or Principles and Practices of Media Announcing
3
Minor Class 6 3
Upper Division Elective 3
 Semester Hours12
 Total Semester Hours122

Learning Outcomes

The Communication Department has established the following learning outcomes for students completing the journalism major. Journalism students will demonstrate an understanding of:

  • What constitutes news.
  • Practical applications of First Amendment.
  • Strategies for finding and extracting new. 
  • Writing stories for various audiences and media formats.
  • The principles and practices of ethical and professional news.