Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, Sports Information Track

The B.A. in Journalism prepares students for positions in media production, reporting, editing and design. 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. Those in journalism will take a series of electives and interdisciplinary courses, to build skills in interviewing, writing, social media and specialized journalism. Students in Sports Information will take courses in sports journalism and communication.

On-campus outlets for student writing and productions include Penguin Rundown, Rookery Radio, JambarTV, and Internships and other writing opportunities are available at local media outlets including local TV, radio and newspapers, such as The Business Journal, The Vindicator, and the Tribune Chronicle

First Year Student Requirement
YSU 1500Success Seminar1-2
or SS 1500 Strong Start Success Seminar
or HONR 1500 Intro to Honors
General Education
ENGL 1550Writing 13-4
or ENGL 1549 Writing 1 with Support
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
Mathematics Requirement Any GE Approved Math (MATH 2623 recommended)3
GE: Arts and Humanities (6 SH)
JOUR 2603Journalism Ethics and Social Responsibilities Required for major3
GE: Arts & Humanities Course3
Natural Sciences (7 SH) 2 different GE approved science courses, 1 must include a lab7
Social Science (6 SH)
CMST 2600Communication Theory required for major3
MCOM 1595Media Literacy and Culture Required for major3
Social and Personal Awareness (6 SH)
CMST 2610Intercultural Communication3
GE: Social & Personal Awareness Course3
Foreign Language Requirement
FNLG 1550Elementary Foreign Language4
FNLG 2600Intermediate Foreign Language4
CMST 1500Exploring Communication3
CMST 3790Personal Brand Communication3
MCOM 2624Communication Technology - Photo and Video3
MCOM 2625Communication Technologies: Aesthetics and Design3
MCOM 3726American Media: History, Principles and Practices3
MCOM 3780Presentational Literacy3
JOUR 2602Media Writing3
JOUR 3721LNews Content Creation 13
JOUR 3731LNews Content Creation 23
JOUR 3725News Reporting3
JOUR 4824Communication Law3
Sports Journalism Required Courses (15 SH)
JOUR 3716Magazine Publishing3
or JOUR 3717 Editorial and Opinion Writing
JOUR 3769Principles and Practices of Sports Information3
JOUR 3790Documentary Storytelling3
JOUR 4894Journalism Internship3
JOUR Course Choose from JOUR 2605, JOUR 2632, JOUR 4890, JOUR 3716, JOUR 37173
Sports Information Support Courses (18 SH)
CMST 2630Social Media Literacy3
CMST 4879Sports Communication Message Design3
or CMST 5889 Theory of Sports and Communication
MCOM 1570Sports Field Production 13
MCOM 3794Cross-platform Sports Broadcasting3
MKTG 3703Marketing Concepts and Practice3
MKTG 3749Sports Marketing3
Seminar Requirement (3 SH)
JOUR 4825Selected Topics in Journalism3
or MCOM 4897 Seminar in Telecommunication
Capstone (3 SH)
JOUR 4893Journalism Senior Project3
Free Electives (0-2 SH) *Hours will vary based on what is needed for 120 SH2
Total Semester Hours120-122
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
YSU 1500
Success Seminar
or Strong Start Success Seminar
or Intro to Honors
CMST 1500 Exploring Communication 3
JOUR 2603 Journalism Ethics and Social Responsibilities 3
ENGL 1550
Writing 1
or Writing 1 with Support
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
Free Elective 2
 Semester Hours15-17
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
JOUR 2602 Media Writing 3
MCOM 1595 Media Literacy and Culture 3
MCOM 1570 Sports Field Production 1 3
GE: Natural Science 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 2
CMST 2600 Communication Theory 3
MCOM 2624 Communication Technology - Photo and Video 3
CMST 2610 Intercultural Communication 3
GE: Math Course 3
FNLG 1550 Elementary Foreign Language 4
 Semester Hours16
MCOM 2625 Communication Technologies: Aesthetics and Design 3
JOUR 3725 News Reporting 3
JOUR 3769 Principles and Practices of Sports Information 3
CMST 2630 Social Media Literacy 3
FNLG 2600 Intermediate Foreign Language 4
 Semester Hours16
Year 3
CMST 3790 Personal Brand Communication 3
JOUR 3721L News Content Creation 1 3
JOUR 3790 Documentary Storytelling 3
MCOM 3726 American Media: History, Principles and Practices 3
GE: Lab Science 4
 Semester Hours16
JOUR 3731L News Content Creation 2 3
JOUR 4894 Journalism Internship 3
MKTG 3703 Marketing Concepts and Practice 3
JOUR 2605
Journalism as Literature
or Introduction to Photojournalism
or Writing and Producing Television News
or Magazine Publishing
or Editorial and Opinion Writing
 Semester Hours12
Year 4
MCOM 3780 Presentational Literacy 3
JOUR 4824 Communication Law 3
JOUR 3716
Magazine Publishing
or Editorial and Opinion Writing
CMST 4879
Sports Communication Message Design
or Theory of Sports and Communication
JOUR 4825
Selected Topics in Journalism
or Seminar in Telecommunication
 Semester Hours15
MCOM 3794 Cross-platform Sports Broadcasting 3
MKTG 3749 Sports Marketing 3
JOUR 4893 Journalism Senior Project 3
GE: Social & Personal Awareness 3
GE: Arts & Humanities 3
 Semester Hours15
 Total Semester Hours120-122

LO 1: Students will be able to produce media to support the messaging of sports teams and athletes.

LO 2: Students will be able to write in a variety of media genres.

LO 3. Students will analyze trends in new media as they relate to the dissemination of messages through mediated channels.

LO 4: Students will interpret, analyze and apply laws and ethics as they relate to media.