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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Communications

Journalism

University Park, College of Communications (JOURN)

PROFESSOR FORD RISLEY, Head, Department of Journalism

The goal of the major is to provide studetns with the critical thinking, ethical, legal and professional skills that will enable them to enter positions in all areas of journalism.

Students must select at least 80 credits in non-COMM courses, including at least 65 credits in the liberal arts and sciences.

The following three options are offered:

BROADCAST JOURNALISM OPTION: This option is designed for students interested in radio, television, and/or multimedia journalism as a reporter, editor, or producer. Students are trained in the techniques of audio/video and online reporting and editing. They take two required courses that provide instruction in the basic skills of reporting and editing and choose two other courses that provide advanced instruction in these areas.

DIGITAL AND PRINT JOURNALISM OPTION: This option is designed for students interested in newspaper, magazine and/or multimedia journalism as a reporter, editor, or producer. Students are trained in the techniques of print and online reporting and editing. They take two required courses that provide instruction in the basic skills of reporting and editing and choose two other courses that provide advanced instruction in these areas.

PHOTOJOURNALISM OPTION: This option is designed for students interested in photo and/or multimedia journalism as a photographer, editor or producer. Students are trained in the techniques of still/video photography and editing. They take two required courses that provide instruction in the basic skills of photography and editing and choose two other courses that provide advanced instruction in these areas.

For the B.A. degree in Journalism, a minimum of 120 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 2 credits

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
(3 of these 24 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR, GENERAL EDUCATION, or ELECTIVES and 0-12 credits are included in ELECTIVES if foreign language proficiency is demonstrated by examination.)
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in this bulletin.)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 49 credits[1]

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 31 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (13 credits)
COMM 160(1) (Sem: 1-2)
COMM 260W(3) (Sem: 3-4)
COMM 271(3) (Sem: 3-6)
COMM 403(3), COMM 409(3) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (18 credits)
Select 18 credits for completion of a University-approved minor (Sem: 1-8)
[Students majoring in journalism must take a University-approved minor outside the College of Communications. The minimum requirement for a minor is 18 credits. By careful planning, a student may use General Education and Bachelor of Arts courses to help fulfill this requirement. In lieu of a minor, students may take a concurrent major or concurrent degree, as long as it is outside the College of Communications. Students should consult with their adviser as soon as possible about this requirement.] (Sem: 1-8)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 18 credits

Options can be combined but only with the consent of a student's adviser.

BROADCAST JOURNALISM OPTION (18 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (6 credits)
COMM 360(3), COMM 465(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (12 credits)
Select 6 credits from COMM 400(3), COMM 402(3), COMM 466(3), COMM 475(3), COMM 480(6), COMM 481(3), COMM 495(1-3)[17] (Sem: 5-8)
Select 6 credits from COMM 180 GS(3), COMM 205 US(3), COMM 381(3), COMM 401(3), COMM 405(3), COMM 407A(3), COMM 407B(3), COMM 407C(3), COMM 410 IL(3), COMM 411(3), COMM 412(3), COMM 419 US;IL(3), COMM 494H(1-6), COMM 496(1-18), COMM 499 IL(1-12) (Sem: 5-8)

DIGITAL AND PRINT JOURNALISM OPTION (18 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (6 credits)
COMM 460W(3), COMM 467(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (12 credits)
Select 6 credits from COMM 269(3), COMM 402(3), COMM 461(3), COMM 462(3), COMM 463(3), COMM 464W(3), COMM 474(3), COMM 475(3), COMM 481(3), COMM 495(1-3)[17] (Sem: 5-8)
Select 6 credits from COMM 180(3), COMM 205 US(3), COMM 381(3), COMM 401(3), COMM 405(3), COMM 407A(3), COMM 407B(3), COMM 407C(3), COMM 410 IL(3), COMM 411(3), COMM 412(3), COMM 419 US;IL(3), COMM 494H(1-6), COMM 496(1-18), COMM 499 IL(1-12) (Sem: 5-8)

PHOTOJOURNALISM OPTION (18 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (6 credits)
COMM 269(3), COMM 469(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (12 credits)
Select 6 credits from COMM 402(3), COMM 463(3), COMM 467(3), COMM 468(3), COMM 475(3), COMM 481(3), COMM 495(1-3)[17] (Sem: 5-8)
Select 6 credits from COMM 180 GS(3), COMM 205 US(3), COMM 381(3), COMM 401(3), COMM 405(3), COMM 407A(3), COMM 407B(3), COMM 407C(3), COMM 410 IL(3), COMM 411(3), COMM 412(3), COMM 419 US;IL(3), COMM 494H(1-6), COMM 496(1-18), COMM 499 IL(1-12) (Sem: 5-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.
[17] Internship in news with newspaper, radio, or TV. See the director of the internship program for specifics.

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2013

Blue Sheet Item #: 42-03-015

Review Date: 11/19/2013

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