At its core, Journalism is—regardless of the medium—a writing major. The purpose of the Journalism major is to teach students the craft of news gathering and writing. The curriculum begins with an emphasis on the rigor and traditions of news reporting before introducing tools and training for electronic-based media production. As students move through the major, they will add to their writing skills an appreciation for digital journalism. With completion of the Journalism major, students should have excellent writing and verbal skills, an understanding of media history and ethics, a proficiency in digital journalism and a superior understanding of news in all its forms.
Students who declare Journalism as a major must complete COMM 101, COMM 111, COMM 200, and JOUR 170 with a grade of C- or higher in order to continue in the program.
Majors pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Journalism must satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements and the College speech requirement, COMM 210. In addition, students must successfully complete 14 major courses, including a Portfolio and a sufficient number of electives to total 120 credits. Majors are encouraged to apply electives toward a minor or second major.
|COMM||101||Introduction to Mass Media|
|COMM||111||Writing for the Mass Media|
|COMM||200||Media Law and Ethics|
|COMM||305||Mass Media Theory and Criticism|
|COMM||460||Internship - is required of all communication majors|
|JOUR||170||News I: Basic Journalism|
|JOUR||270||Journalism and Society|
|JOUR||355||Digital Journalism I|
|JOUR||370||News II: Advanced Journalism and Lab|
|JOUR||455||Digital Journalism II|
|JOUR||470||Journalism Capstone + Portfolio|
and two (2) additional courses, at least one of which must be at the 300-level or above from the following offerings, some of which have prerequisites*:
|JOUR||299||Special Topics in Journalism|
|JOUR||315||Introduction to Photojournalism|
|JOUR||430||Special Topics in Journalism|
|VARTS||261||Foundations of Photography|
|POLSC||303||Politics and the Media*|
|POLSC||361||State and Local Government*|