UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Journalism Plan

Bachelor of Science Degree. Journalism.

View the Journalism Department to learn more about this program.

  Fall Semester
Spring Semester
Freshman
Year

JOUR 110 Principles of Journalism - 4
JOUR 123 or 221 Production course - 2
HIST 100 Events in U.S. History - 3
Goal 1 Communication - 3
Goal 3 Science - 3
Total semester hours - 15

JOUR 101 Intro to Mass Communication - 3
JOUR 124 or 222 Production course - 2
Goal 2 Social/Behavioral Science - 3
Goal 2 Humanities/Fine Arts - 3
Goal 3 Science - 3
Total semester hours - 14

Sophomore
Year

JOUR 201 Information Gathering - 3
Goal 1 Communication - 3
Goal 2 Social/Behavioral Science - 3
MATH 216 or
PSYC 201 Statistics - 3
Minor course - 3
Total semester hours - 15

JOUR 202 or 203 Print or Broadcast Writing - 3
Goal 1 Communication - 3
Goal 2 Humanities/Fine Arts - 3
Goal 5 Health/Wellness - 2
Minor course - 3
Total semester hours - 14

Junior
Year

JOUR 304 News Practicum - 2
Goal 4 Interdisciplinary - 3
Goal 5 Ethical Citizenship - 3
Minor course - 3
POLS 211 or 253 (Liberal Arts) - 3
Total semester hours - 14

JOUR 304 News Practicum - 2
JOUR theory course - 3
JOUR elective course - 3
Minor course - 3
Minor course - 3
Liberal Arts Science course* - 2
Total semester hours - 16

Senior
Year

JOUR 465 Mass Communication Law - 3
JOUR elective course - 3
JOUR theory course - 3
Minor course - 3
Minor course - 3
Liberal Arts Science course* - 2
Total semester hours - 17

Supporting course - 3
Supporting course - 3
Supporting course - 3
Minor course - 3
General Elective courses - 4
Total semester hours - 16

Summary of Degree Requirements

General Education Goals - 38 cr.
Journalism Core - 24 cr.
Journalism Theory Courses - 6 cr.
Journalism Elective Courses - 6 cr.
Supporting Courses - 9 cr.
Liberal Arts Courses - 10 cr.
Minor Courses - 24 cr.
General Electives - 4 cr.
Credits to Degree - 120 cr.

Students must take two journalism theory courses from the following: 
JOUR 302, 316, 319, 320, 345, 455, or 460.

Students must take the following supporting courses: 
HIST 100; POLS 253; MATH 216 or PSYC 201; and three of the following (each from different departments):
ECON 201 or 202; ESM 105 or 307; ETHN 200; GEOG 120 or 220; any international HIST course; any INTS course; PHIL 245; POLS 212 or any international POLS course; or PSYC 285.

Supporting courses may also fulfill General Education, Liberal Arts, or minor requirements.

Students must also take an American Cultural Diversity course and a Global Perspective course. Both may also fulfill General Education, Liberal Arts, major, or minor requirements.

*A 4-credit beginning language course may substitute for the two 2-credit science courses for the Liberal Arts requirement.