Degree Requirements

Journalism Major

Journalism Major 43 cr. hrs.

Core Requirements: 30 cr. hrs.

JOUR 110 Principles of Journalism 6 cr.
JOUR 201 Information Gathering 3 cr.
JOUR 202 Print News Writing 
OR JOUR 203 Broadcast News Writing 3 cr.
JOUR 240 Introduction to Visual Communication 3 cr.
JOUR 340 Media Management for News Entrepreneurs 3 cr.
JOUR 404 News Service 3 cr.
JOUR 465 Mass Communication Law 3 cr.

Two of the following production courses: 4 cr.

JOUR 221 Radio News Production 2 cr.
JOUR 222 TV News Photography 2 cr.
JOUR 224 Online Media Production 2 cr.

Directed Electives, selected from the following: 9 cr.

JOUR 250 First Amendment in American Society 3 cr.
JOUR 266 Photojournalism 3 cr.
JOUR 269 Multimedia Storytelling 3 cr.
JOUR 289 Special Topics in Journalism
and Mass Communication 1-3 cr.
JOUR 302 History of Documentary
JOUR 303 Documentary Production 3 cr.
JOUR 305 News in the Movies
JOUR 315 Race, Class and News
JOUR 316 Media Ethics
JOUR 319 The Media and American Politics
JOUR 345 History of Mass Communication
JOUR 350 Mass Communication in the Global Age 3 cr.
JOUR 360 Opinion Writing 3 cr.
JOUR 378 Semester Abroad Research 3-6 cr.
JOUR 379 Internship in Journalism 1-3 cr.
JOUR 389 Special Topics in Journalism
and Mass Communication 1-3 cr.
JOUR 455 Mass Media and Society
JOUR 489 Special Topics in Journalism
and Mass Communication 1-3 cr.
JOUR 490 Readings in Journalism and
Mass Communication 1-3 cr.
JOUR 499 Independent Projects in Journalism
and Mass Communication 1-3 cr.

Required Supporting Course.

JOUR 101 Introduction to Mass Communication 3 cr.
(Note that the course also fulfills the General Education ethical citizenship requirement.)

Department of Journalism

310 North Hall

Sandra Ellis-chair, Patricia Berg, Andris Straumanis.
Adjunct: Richard Burgsteiner

General Education

Journalism courses (other than the required supporting course, JOUR 101) cannot double count in both the journalism major and general education. Students must take courses other than journalism to meet their general education goals.

Journalism and Secondary Education. Students interested in teaching journalism and/or serving as a newspaper or yearbook advisor at the secondary school level may major or minor in journalism, and must take a second teaching area major such as English or broad area studies. The student should consult with the dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies for specific teaching requirements.

Marketing Communications Major. Journalism is one of seven academic departments participating in the interdisciplinary major of Marketing Communications.

International Studies Major. Journalism offers a directed elective (JOUR 460) that may count toward an International Studies major.

Film Studies Minor. Journalism is one of the departments from which courses may be taken for the Film Studies minor.

Professional Writing Minor. Journalism is one of the subject fields included in the Department of English Professional Writing minor.