Journalism (BA)

School of Communications/Communications and Journalism Department

Program Description

The journalism major prepares students to work as professionals in the field and will learn the essential elements of reporting, writing and producing news and features for a variety of media, including print, broadcast and online. Students will complete two semesters in student-run news organization, including the university’s award-winning Journal and may elect to complete an internship with a professional news organization.

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Learning Outcomes

Successful graduates of this program will be able to:

  • identify and evaluate potential news stories that will impact, inform and engage a defined audience.
  • construct the most compelling and impacting ways to tell a story based upon an analysis of purpose, audience and available media. This includes taking advantage of multimedia to tell stories in a global context in more complete and meaningful ways.
  • gather and evaluate the validity and reliability of information as well as to evaluate the veracity of the sources from which information comes ...
    • Through the process of interviewing
    • Through research and public records search
    • Through database-driven, computer-assisted reporting
  • evaluate and comprehend the ethical and legal implications of one’s journalistic publication decisions.
  • apply entrepreneurial and relationship-building skills in order to compete effectively for professional employment opportunities

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Portfolio Requirements

Students majoring in journalism prepare a professional portfolio as part of the required course, JOUR 4700 Professional Development in Journalism, as well as during their news production courses.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 128 credit hours consisting of the following:

  • 54 required credit hours
  • Applicable university global citizenship or general education program hours
  • Electives

Required Courses

  • MEDC 1010 Introduction to Mass Communications (3 hours)
  • MEDC 2200 Media Ethics (3 hours)
  • MEDC 2800 Cultural Diversity in the Media (3 hours)
  • MEDC 4100 Law and the Media (3 hours)
  • JOUR 1030 Fundamentals of Reporting (3 hours)
    -with concurrent enrollment in-
    EPMD 1010 Introduction to Media Production for Journalism (3 hours)
  • JOUR 2140 Advanced Reporting (3 hours)
    -with concurrent enrollment in-
    JOUR 2110 Production Techniques (3 hours)
  • JOUR 2170 Journalism Editing (3 hours)
  • JOUR 3300 Newspaper Production (3 hours)
  • JOUR 4700 Professional Development in Journalism (3 hours)

One of the following: (3 hours):

  • JOUR 3600 Advanced Digital Journalism (3 hours)
  • JOUR 3580 Radio News Reporting and Producing (4 hours)
  • JOUR 3590 Television News Reporting and Producing (3 hours)

One of the following (3 hours):

  • JOUR 4620 Senior Overview (3 hours)
  • MEDC 4950 Professional Media Practicum (3 hours)

In addition to the above required courses, students must choose 15 credit hours from the following:

  • JOUR 1930 Broadcast Delivery and Interpretation (3 hours)
  • JOUR 2300 Journalism: Layout and Design (3 hours)
  • JOUR 2350 Reporting Disaster Stories (3 hours)
  • JOUR 2360 History and Principles of Journalism (3 hours)
  • JOUR 2600 Digital Journalism (3 hours)
  • JOUR 2850 Television and Radio Reporting (3 hours)
  • JOUR 3060 Community Reporting (3 hours)
  • JOUR 3080 Global Journalism (3 hours)
  • JOUR 3130 Feature Writing (3 hours)
  • JOUR 3750 Environmental Journalism and Communications (3 hours)
  • JOUR 4050 Sports Reporting (3 hours)
  • JOUR 4170 Investigative Journalism (3 hours)
  • JOUR 4380 Magazine Journalism (3 hours)
  • INTM 1600 Introduction to Interactive Media (3 hours)
  • PHOT 2500 Photojournalism (3 hours)
  • PHOT 3190 Digital Photography (3 hours)
  • VIDE 1000 Introduction to Video Production (3 hours)

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