Bachelors (BA) in Journalism

The journalism major offers a 42-semester-hour course of study that combines aspects from communications, cinema and media, and writing. The major requires that students take courses in print and broadcast as well as advanced coursework in an area of specialization. Students are required to obtain a minimum grade of C- in all courses taken for the major.

Degree Outcomes

Graduates with a BA in journalism will:

  • Understand relevant concepts of reporting
  • Demonstrate skills in written and oral communication, as well as skills in inquiry and analysis
  • Prepare and communicate information in multimedia platforms
  • Understand ethical communication in speaking and listening
  • Formulate a plan to become a person of influence in a diverse society and world

Major Requirements

Core Requirements (24 hours)

CMCO 270 Broadcast News I (3)
COMM 200 Persuasive Communication (3)
COMM 230 Mass Media and Popular Culture (3)
COMM 480 Senior Capstone: Ethical and Spiritual Dimensions of Communication (3)
JOUR 230 Introduction to Journalism (3)
JOUR 340 Media Law and Ethics (3)
JOUR 470 Journalism II (3)
WRIT 210 Practical Grammar and Editing (3)

Concentrations (18 hours)

Broadcast

COMM 475 Field Experience (3) — One semester on–campus in broadcast
COMM 475 Field Experience (3) — One semester off–campus

Students must take the following courses:
CMCO 250 Digital Multimedia Production (3)
CMCO 370 Broadcast News II (3)
JOUR 320 Introduction to Public Relations (3)

Students must choose one of the following courses:
CMCO 333 Camera and Lighting (3)
CMCO 350 Video Editing (3)
CMCO 355 Event Video Production (3)
CMCO 371 Documentary Production I (3)

Print

WRIT 475 Field Experience (3) — One semester with The Crescent
WRIT 475 Field Experience (3) — One semester off–campus

Students must take the following courses:
CMCO 250 Digital Multimedia Production (3)
JOUR 320 Introduction to Public Relations (3)
JOUR 310 Professional Writing (3)
JOUR 330 Magazine and Feature Writing (3)

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