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The Journalism Major

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.

Degree Requirements

Students who declare Journalism as a major must complete COMM 101, COMM 310, 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.

Foundation Courses

COMM 101 Introduction to Mass Media  
COMM 240 Digital Communication: Technology, Modes & Methods  
COMM 305 Mass Communication Theory and Criticism  
COMM 310 Media Law and Ethics  

and one of the following required Internships:

COMM 460 Internship  
COMM 461 Washington Internship and Experiential Learning Seminar  

Required Courses

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 three (3) 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 280 Feature Writing  
JOUR 299 Special Topics in Journalism  
JOUR 315 Introduction to Photojournalism  
JOUR 320 Broadcast News  
JOUR 430 Special Topics in Journalism  
FILM 270 Documentary Film*  
VARTS 261 Foundations of Photography  
POLSC 303 Politics and the Media  
POLSC 361 State and Local Government*