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. Those on the journalism studies track 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 JournalThe 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.

Complementary Minors

•         Advertising and Public Relations

•         American Politics

•         Business

•         Communication Studies

•         Creative Writing

•         Criminal Justice System or Juvenile Justice System

•         Digital Media or Graphic Design (for Non-Art Majors)

•         Economics

•         Entrepreneurship

•         Marketing

•         Multimedia and Web Design

•         Photography (for Non-Art Majors)

•         Professional and Technical Writing

•         Public Health

•         Social Media Campaigns

•         Statistics

•         Web Communications

COURSE TITLE S.H.
General Education Requirements
Core Competencies12
Writing 1
Writing 2
Communication Foundations
Mathematics Requirement (e.g., MATH 2623, STAT 2625)
Arts and Humanities6
Natural Sciences7
Social Science6
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 3725News Reporting 13
JOUR 2624Imaging and Design of Media3
JOUR 3726American Journalism3
JOUR 3721LJournalism Workshop3
JOUR 3723Advanced Journalism Editing and Design3
JOUR 4860News Reporting 23
JOUR 4824Press Law and Ethics3
JOUR 4893Journalism Senior Project3
Electives
Select 12 s.h. from the following: 112
Journalism as Literature (WR/MG/JS)
Introduction to Photojournalism (WR/MG/E/JS)
Introduction to Magazine Journalism (MG/JS)
Editorial and Opinion Writing (WR/E/JS)
Magazine Journalism Workshop (MG/JS)
Radio News Workshop (WR/E/JS)
Projects in Working Class Reporting (MG/JS)
Sports Journalism (WR/E/JS)
New Media Journalism (WR/E/JS)
Political Reporting (WR/E/JS)
Magazine Writing and Reporting (MG/JS)
In-Depth Reporting (WR/MG/JS)
Selected Topics in Journalism (WR/MG/E/JS)
Journalism Internship (WR/MG/E/JS repeatable up to 6 s.h.)
Required Support Courses
CMST 3756Interviewing3
CMST 4850Social Media Campaigns3
or CMST 3740 Social Media Communication
Support Required Elective Courses
Select two of the following or any JOUR upper division courses:6
Advanced Writing
Professional and Technical Writing
Writing for Online Environments
Professional and Technical Editing
Sociolinguistics
Foundations of Environmental Studies
Law and Society
American Public Opinion
State and Local Government
Introduction to Telecommunication Studies
Global Electronic Information Resources
Financial Accounting
Communication Theory
Policing
Criminal Courts
Introductory Statistics
Minor Requirements (some minors require more than 18 credits)18
Electives (students must complete 48 hours of upper division courses; 37xx and above)6
Total Semester Hours120

Please see your advisers for help with scheduling.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallS.H.
JOUR 2624 Imaging and Design of Media 3
CCAC 1500 College Success 3
ENGL 1550 Writing 1 3
FNLG 1550 Elementary Foreign Language 4
MATH XXXX Approved General Education 3
 Semester Hours16
Spring
JOUR 3726 American Journalism 3
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
FNLG 2600 Intermediate Foreign Language 4
AH XXXX GER Arts & Humanities 3
 Semester Hours16
Year 2
Fall
JOUR 3725 News Reporting 1 3
JOUR Elective (see Journalism Electives list below) 3
Minor course 3
NS XXXX Natural Science GER + lab 4
SPA XXXX GER Social & Personal Awareness 3
 Semester Hours16
Spring
JOUR 3721L Journalism Workshop 3
Minor course 3
AH XXXX Arts & Humanities GER 3
NS XXXX Natural Science GER 3
SS XXXX Social Sciences GER 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 3
Fall
JOUR 3723 Advanced Journalism Editing and Design 3
CMST 3756 Interviewing (this is a required support course) 3
JOUR 4860 News Reporting 2 3
Upper-division Minor Course 3
SS XXXX Social Sciences GER 3
 Semester Hours15
Spring
JOUR 4824 Press Law and Ethics 3
CMST 4850 Social Media Campaigns (this is a required support course) 3
JOUR Elective Support Course (see Elective Support Courses list below) 3
Upper-division Minor Course 3
SPA XXXX GER Social & Personal Awareness 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 4
Fall
Upper-division JOUR Elective (see Journalism Electives list below; possible internship) 3
Upper-division JOUR Elective (see Journalism Electives list below) 3
Upper-division JOUR Elective Support Course (see Elective Support Courses list below) 3
Upper-division Minor Course 3
 Semester Hours12
Spring
JOUR 4893 Journalism Senior Project 3
Upper-division JOUR Elective (see Journalism Electives list below) 3
Upper-division Minor Course 3
Upper-division Elective 3
Elective 3
 Semester Hours15
 Total Semester Hours120

Journalism Electives

Select four of the following (or a total of 12 s.h.):

COURSE TITLE S.H.
JOUR 2605Journalism as Literature3
JOUR 2632Introduction to Photojournalism3
JOUR 3716Introduction to Magazine Journalism3
JOUR 3717Editorial and Opinion Writing3
JOUR 3720LMagazine Journalism Workshop1
JOUR 3722LRadio News Workshop3
JOUR 3758Projects in Working Class Reporting3
JOUR 3759Sports Journalism3
JOUR 3761New Media Journalism3
JOUR 3762Political Reporting3
JOUR 4822Magazine Writing and Reporting3
JOUR 4823In-Depth Reporting3
JOUR 4825Selected Topics in Journalism3
JOUR 4894Journalism Internship3

Elective Support Courses

Select two of the following (or a total of 6 s.h.):

COURSE TITLE S.H.
ACCT 2602Financial Accounting3
CJFS 2601Policing3
CJFS 2602Criminal Courts3
CMST 2600Communication Theory3
CSIS 1510Global Electronic Information Resources3
ENGL 3740Advanced Writing3
ENGL 3743Professional and Technical Writing3
ENGL 3745Writing for Online Environments3
ENGL 4849Professional and Technical Editing3
ENGL 4850Sociolinguistics3
POL 3702Law and Society3
POL 3714American Public Opinion3
POL 3722State and Local Government3
STAT 2601Introductory Statistics3
TCOM 1580Introduction to Telecommunication Studies3

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 law.
  • strategies for finding and extracting news.
  • writing and editing stories for various audiences and media formats.
  • principles and practices of ethical and professional news.