2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog


Journalism, BA

The BA with a major in journalism requires 124 hours with 33 hours of journalism, including JOUR 10113, JOUR 10203, JOUR 10303, JOUR 20003 JOUR 30204 and JOUR 40523. Students must take at least one class from the following: JOUR 40003, JOUR 40203, JOUR 40213, JOUR 40453, JOUR 40463, JOUR 40643, JOUR 40820 or JOUR 40983, meaning all journalism majors must have a minimum of one Capstone course. Also, students must take at least one class from the following: JOUR 10103, JOUR 30853, JOUR 40443, JOUR 40553, JOUR 40563, JOUR 40573, JOUR 40613, JOUR 40813, JOUR 40993, JOUR 50143, JOUR 50183, JOUR 50193 or JOUR 50523, meaning all journalism majors must have a minimum of one seminar course. Eight hours of journalism electives complete the degree requirements. By combining electives and required courses, a student may earn certificates that accompany the BA degree and demonstrate advanced proficiency in a specific area of news media.

The BA degree in journalism requires proven competency at the fourth semester of college-level foreign language (the equivalent of 12 hours, which can be accomplished either through taking courses or testing out through examinations as required by the foreign language programs on campus). This requirement is consistent with international opportunities in emerging media.

A minor is required. Additionally, students may pursue a specialty by fulfilling requirements for a certificate in broadcast journalism, sports journalism or business journalism.

Students must declare their intent to earn specific certificates in the semester in which they intend to graduate and prior to the beginning of academic advising in that semester. Declaration is made in writing to the chair or the chair's designee.

Certificate requirements

Broadcast certificate - JOUR 30303, JOUR 30543, JOUR 40203 and JOUR 40553

Sports journalism certificate - 6 hours from among JOUR 40483, JOUR 40573 or JOUR 40213 plus 6 hours outside the unit from the following sports-related courses: ENGL 20523, HIST 40863, FTDM 21113, FTDM 41580, KINE 30713 and KINE 30723; 3 hours of JOUR 40213 may be substituted for 3 hours of related courses outside the unit

Business journalism certificate - JOUR 40453, JOUR 40443 and ECON 10223, plus 3 hours from among ECON 10233, ECON 30253, BUSI 10013 or POSC 31413; a student can also fulfill the requirement of courses outside the Department of Journalism by being a business or economics major or minor.

Requirements

Required Courses for All Journalism Majors

JOUR 10113Media Writing and Editing

3

JOUR 10203Introduction to Journalism

3

JOUR 10303Introduction to Visual Journalism

3

JOUR 20003Diversity and the Media

3

JOUR 30204Reporting

4

JOUR 40523Law and Ethics of Mass Communication

3

JOUR 10113, JOUR 10203, JOUR 10303, JOUR 20003 must be passed with a "C" or better before enrolling in Reporting, a required course. See prerequisites for other required 30000- and 40000- level courses.

In addition, all journalism majors must complete at least one of the following Capstone classes:

JOUR 40003Senior Honors in Journalism

3

JOUR 40203Newscast

3

JOUR 40213Television Sportscast

3

JOUR 40453Business Journalism

3

JOUR 40463Public Affairs Reporting

3

JOUR 40643Long-Form Journalism

3

JOUR 40820Washington Internship

1.00-6.00

JOUR 40983Multi-Platform Capstone

3

All journalism majors must complete at least one of the following seminar classes

JOUR 10103Media Literacy

3

JOUR 30853Historical Development of Mass Media

3

JOUR 40443Issues in Coverage of Business and the Economy

3

JOUR 40493Opinion and Commentary

3

JOUR 40553Issues in News

3

JOUR 40563Media Management

3

JOUR 40573Contemporary Issues in Sports Journalism

3

JOUR 40613Media Ethics

3

JOUR 40813Media in Washington

3

JOUR 40993Mass Media and Society

3

JOUR 50143Social and Cultural History of the Media

3

JOUR 50183Management and Leadership

3

JOUR 50193Economics and Finance of the Media

3

JOUR 50523Information Law and Policy

3

Other journalism courses required for certificates:

Broadcast journalism

JOUR 30303Radio/TV Newswriting

3

JOUR 30543Multimedia Reporting

3

JOUR 40203Newscast

3

JOUR 40553Issues in News

3

Choose 6 credit hours from these two 3-hour courses (JOUR 40203 may be taken twice)

Sports journalism

Choose 6 credit hours among these 3 credit-hour courses
JOUR 40213Television Sportscast

3

JOUR 40483Sports Journalism

3

JOUR 40573Contemporary Issues in Sports Journalism

3

Plus 6 hours from the following
ENGL 20523Sports in Modern American Literature

3

HIST 40863American Sport History

3

FTDM 21113Sports Broadcasting

3

FTDM 41580Topics in Sports Media

3

KINE 30713Psychology of Sport

3

KINE 30723Sociology of Sport

3

Business journalism

JOUR 40453Business Journalism

3

JOUR 40443Issues in Coverage of Business and the Economy

3

ECON 10223Introductory Microeconomics

3

Plus 3 hours from the following
ECON 10233Introductory Macroeconomics

3

ECON 30253History of Economic Thought

3

BUSI 10013Contemporary Perspectives in Business

3

POSC 31413Public Policy

3