Journalism, Bachelor of Arts

REQUIRED MAJOR HOURS 39
REQUIRED MINOR HOURS 15-20
TOTAL PROGRAM HOURS 54-59
PRESCRIBED COURSES ATTAINABLE IN GEN ED: NONE

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate:

  1. an understanding of the social responsibilities of a free press;
  2. a full range of writing and editing processes and apply those skills in both print and non-print media; and
  3. practical skills in information gathering and reporting by covering special events and designated news beats.

Concentrations

The Journalism Major concentration must be selected from one of the following areas.

Broadcast Journalism

News Editorial

Photojournalism

Program Requirements

Required Major Hours (15 hours, all concentrations)

All Journalism majors must take the following five courses.
COMM 220Digital Media Convergence

3

COMM 310Digital Media Writing

3

COMM 320Media Operations and Management

3

COMM 380Communication Theory

3

COMM 480Legal and Ethical Issues in Mass Media

3

Broadcast Journalism Concentration (24-Hours)

Students choosing the Broadcast Journalism concentration must take the following seven courses (21 hours) plus one elective course (3 hours) to complete requirements for this particular concentration.
COMM 238Announcing

3

COMM 360Intro to Digital Video and Non-Linear Editing

3

COMM 370Introduction to Computer Graphics

3

COMM 460Intermediate Digital Video and Non-Linear Editing

3

JOUR 317Reporting

3

COMM 469Video and Film Portfolio

3

JOUR 491Internship in Journalism I

3

Broadcast Journalism electives
Select one of the following courses (3 hours) to meet the Broadcast Journalism concentration requirement.
COMM 342Audio Production

3

COMM 400Special Topics in Communication

1-3 (variable)

JOUR 400Special Topics in Journalism

1-3 (variable)

News Editorial Concentration (24 Hours)

Journalism majors choosing the News Editorial Concentration must earn credit for the following 18 hours worth of required courses. Note that JOUR 201 is a one-hour course that must be taken three times for a total of three credit hours. The student may enroll in this course as often as is desired; however, no more than three credit hours will be applied toward the concentration.
JOUR 201Student Newspaper Staff

1

JOUR 317Reporting

3

JOUR 318Editing

3

JOUR 491Internship in Journalism I

3

COMM 255Photography

3

COMM 370Introduction to Computer Graphics

3

News Editorial Concentration Electives (6 hours)
Journalism majors choosing the News Editorial concentration must complete six hours of elective coursework. Select two courses from the following list.
COMM 360Intro to Digital Video and Non-Linear Editing

3

COMM 375Layout and Design

3

JOUR 303Newspaper Editorial Staff I

1

JOUR 355Photojournalism

3

JOUR 403Newspaper Editorial Staff II

2

Photojournalism Concentration (24-Hours)

Journalism majors choosing the Photojournalism concentration must earn credit for the following eight courses.
COMM 255Photography

3

COMM 256Intermediate Photography

3

COMM 360Intro to Digital Video and Non-Linear Editing

3

COMM 370Introduction to Computer Graphics

3

JOUR 355Photojournalism

3

JOUR 450Documentary Photography

3

JOUR 459Portfolio

3

JOUR 491Internship in Journalism I

3

Required Minor Hours

Any University minor may be applied.

Total Credit Hours:15-20

Total Credit Hours: 39

Total Credit Hours: 54-59

Additional Requirements for Transfer Majors

None.