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Journalism Program Requirements
Bachelor of Arts—Journalism
The Journalism major requires core courses in basic newswriting and reporting, media law, and research methods. Students complete their Journalism coursework by choosing an emphasis, such as News/Editorial (sportswriting, editing, reviewing, photojournalism, etc.), Public Relations (P.R. principles, writing and campaign strategies, etc.), or Advertising (copy and layout, media planning, etc.).
- News/editorial—Students can cover city council meetings and presentations by visiting speakers, interview athletes and artists, and take part in press conferences with government officials and other public figures.
- Public relations—Public relations students make plans for businesses, non-profits, and other clients.
- Advertising—Advertising students write copy, plan media, and create visuals to complement interaction with commercial interests.
- University General Education and College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum Requirements—60 s.h.
- Core Courses—Jour 121, 231, 232, 415, 417—15 s.h.
- Choose one Writing in the Discipline (WID) course: Jour 330†, 340†, or 348†—3 s.h.
- Journalism Electives—In choosing journalism electives, students are encouraged to select courses that will allow them to develop expertise in advertising, news/editorial, or public relations. Included must be 6 s.h. of journalism electives at the 400–level—18 s.h.
- Any Minor–16—20s.h.
- Open Electives–4—8s.h.
†Jour 330 or Jour 340 or Jour 348 fulfills the Writing in the Discipline (WID) graduation requirement.
View a sample degree plan.
The undergraduate catalog provides more detail, including a full list of courses offered by the department.