Student ID:__________________________ Student Name:_______________________ Adviser Name:_______________________ Bulletin: 2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin Program: Journalism Major, B.A./B.S. Minimum Credits Required:__________________

Journalism Major, B.A./B.S.

College of Liberal Arts >> Communications 

40 hours; C or better required in all major courses; 2.25 major GPA required

At least 22 hours in the major must be at the 300- to 400-level; at least 12 hours must be at the 400-level.

Journalism prepares students for the world of news and information gathering, writing, editing, photography, design, and publishing for print, broadcast, and online media. Students learn journalism skills along with professional values and ethical standards in courses where both convergence and diversity are emphasized. Graduates succeed in any field where writing and a command of the language are needed.

Foundation and Advanced Communications Core (10 hours)

Course NameCredits:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
COMM 192 - Introduction to Mass Communication

USI Core 39: Embedded Experience-Global


Term(s) Offered: Fall, Spring
Credits: 3
COMM 494 - Mass Communication Law and Ethics
Term(s) Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Credits: 3
COMM 495 - Mass Communication Research
Term(s) Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Credits: 3
COMM 497 - Career Planning and Professional Development
Term(s) Offered: Fall, Spring
Credits: 1

Visual and Design Sequence (6 hours)

Course NameCredits:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
JRN 273 - Photojournalism
Term(s) Offered: Fall
Credits: 3

 

JRN 374 - Web Design or
Term(s) Offered: Spring
Credits: 3
JRN 388 - Social Media Journalism
Term(s) Offered: Spring
Credits: 3

Reporting and Writing Sequence (6 hours)

Course NameCredits:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
JRN 281 - Basic Reporting
Term(s) Offered: Fall, Spring
Credits: 3
JRN 381 - Journalism and Storytelling

USI Core 39: Embedded Experience-Writing


Term(s) Offered: Fall
Credits: 3

Capstone Course (3 hours)

Course NameCredits:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
JRN 423 - Key Issues in Journalism
Term(s) Offered: Irregularly offered
Credits: 3

Communications Electives (15 hours)

NOTE: Some upper-level courses are offered alternating years.

Course NameCredits:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
ADV 101 - Introduction to Advertising
Term(s) Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Credits: 3
ADV 347 - Advertising Copywriting

USI Core 39: Embedded Experience-Writing


Term(s) Offered: Fall, Spring
Credits: 3
COMM 221 - Social Media Communication
Term(s) Offered: Fall, Spring
Credits: 3
COMM 477 - Comparative Structures of Mass Media in a Global Community
Term(s) Offered: Irregularly offered
Credits: 3
COMM 486 - Diversity in Mass Media

USI Core 39: Embedded Experience-Diversity


Term(s) Offered: Fall, Summer
Credits: 3
JRN 180 - Journalism Workshop (one hour/semester, up to three hours total)
Term(s) Offered: Fall, Spring
Credits: 1
JRN 374 - Web Design
Term(s) Offered: Spring
Credits: 3
JRN 384 - Feature Writing
Term(s) Offered: Irregularly offered
Credits: 3
JRN 400 - Independent Study in Journalism (up to three hours total)
Term(s) Offered: Irregularly offered
Credits: 1-3
JRN 421 - Community Journalism
Term(s) Offered: Spring
Credits: 3
JRN 481 - Investigative Reporting
Term(s) Offered: Spring
Credits: 3
JRN 488 - Digital Storytelling
Term(s) Offered: Irregularly offered
Credits: 3
JRN 489 - Internship in Journalism
Term(s) Offered: Irregularly offered
Credits: 1-3
JRN 496 - Media Ethics
Term(s) Offered: Irregularly offered
Credits: 3
JRN 499 - Special Topics
Term(s) Offered: Irregularly offered
Credits: 3
PRL 101 - Introduction to Public Relations
Term(s) Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Credits: 3
PRL 362 - Writing for Public Relations

USI Core 39: Embedded Experience-Writing


Term(s) Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Credits: 3
RTV 255 - Media Production
Term(s) Offered: Fall, Spring
Credits: 3
RTV 356 - Sportscasting
Term(s) Offered: Irregularly offered
Credits: 3
RTV 366 - Broadcast Journalism
Term(s) Offered: Fall, Summer
Credits: 3

Additional Information

An internship in media and work on the campus publication, The Shield, is highly recommended.

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