Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, Broadcast and Digital Media Track

This program is currently not available.

The B.A. in Journalism track in broadcast and digital media prepares students for entry-level positions in media production, reporting and writing. The curriculum offers a blend of courses from journalism and telecommunications to support this goal. Course will focus on writing and reporting, video production, professional practices and legal issues. Students are encouraged to build a strong publication and production portfolio by working for our award winning campus media outlets which include The Jambar, the Penguin Review, the *yo magazineThe JennyRookery Radio, and Internships and opportunities are available at local and national media outlets. Additionally, Journalism majors on the broadcast and digital media track are encouraged to declare minors that support their specific career objectives, and allow them to develop complementary skills and knowledge (students on this track are prohibited from minoring in telecommunication studies because of the wide overlap in requirements). Students who are interested in pursuing a career in writing or print journalism should explore the B.A. Journalism.

YSU 1500Success Seminar1-2
or SS 1500 Strong Start Success Seminar
or HONR 1500 Intro to Honors
General Education Requirements
ENGL 1550Writing 13-4
or ENGL 1549 Writing 1 with Support
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
Math Requirement (e.g., MATH 2623)3
Arts and Humanities (6 s.h.)6
Natural Sciences (2 courses, 1 with lab) (6-7 s.h.)7
Social Science (6 s.h.)6
Social and Personal Awareness (6 s.h.)6
Foreign Language Requirement
Foreign Language 15504
Foreign Language 26004
Required Core Courses
JOUR 2624Communication Technology - Photo and Video3
JOUR 3721LNews Content Creation 13
JOUR 3723Advanced Journalism Editing and Design3
JOUR 3725News Reporting3
JOUR 3726American Media: History, Principles and Practices3
JOUR 4860News Reporting 23
JOUR 4824Communication Law3
JOUR 4893Journalism Senior Project3
Telecommunication Core Courses
TCOM 1580Introduction to Telecommunication Studies3
TCOM 1581Telecommunication Technologies2
TCOM 2682Scriptwriting for Electronic Media3
TCOM 26833
TCOM 37813
or TCOM 3782
TCOM 37803
or TCOM 3789 Electronic Media Interviewing
TCOM 3790Broadcast News Lab3
TCOM 48903
Minor Requirements (some minors require more than 18 credits; assumes 9 hours are upper division)18
Elective (6 s.h. must be upper division)9
Total Semester Hours120-122
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
YSU 1500
Success Seminar
or Strong Start Success Seminar
or Intro to Honors
JOUR 2624 Communication Technology - Photo and Video 3
ENGL 1550
Writing 1
or Writing 1 with Support
TCOM 1580 Introduction to Telecommunication Studies 3
MATH 2623 Quantitative Reasoning 3
 Semester Hours13-15
JOUR 3726 American Media: History, Principles and Practices 3
TCOM 1581 Telecommunication Technologies 2
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
GE Lab Science 4
 Semester Hours15
Year 2
JOUR 3725 News Reporting 3
FNLG 1550 Elementary Foreign Language 4
TCOM 2683 3
TCOM 2682 Scriptwriting for Electronic Media 3
Minor Course 3
 Semester Hours16
JOUR 3721L News Content Creation 1 3
FNLG 2600 Intermediate Foreign Language 4
TCOM 3781
or TCOM 3782

Minor Course 3
GE Social Science 3
 Semester Hours16
Year 3
TCOM 3780

or Electronic Media Interviewing
JOUR 3723 Advanced Journalism Editing and Design 3
GE Arts & Humanities 3
JOUR 4860 News Reporting 2 3
Minor Class 3
 Semester Hours15
JOUR 4824 Communication Law 3
TCOM 3790 Broadcast News Lab 3
GE Natural Science 3
Upper Level Minor Class 3
GE Social Science 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 4
GE Social & Personal Awareness 3
TCOM 4890 3
Upper Level Minor Class 3
General Elective 3
GE Arts & Humanities 3
 Semester Hours15
JOUR 4893 Journalism Senior Project 3
Upper Level Minor Course 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Semester Hours15
 Total Semester Hours120-122

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.