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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Communications

Digital Journalism and Media

University Park, Communications - James Risley, jfr4@psu.edu; Shannon Kennan, ssk168@psu.edu (DGJRM_BA)

The Digital Journalism and Media degree, to be offered via the World Campus, will prepare students for the fast-changing field of digital journalism and other web-based communications careers, including multimedia storytelling, digital production and digital media management. This new major, as structured, requires courses on writing, law, ethics and multimedia skills in its core. There are three suggested pathways of courses which can allow students to develop expertise in certain subject areas within mass communications: Digital Journalism, Visual Media and Media Management. They will understand the industries that operate in today's societies and be prepared for jobs as writers, content producers, leaders and policy makers.

The program will be accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.

For the B.A. degree in Digital Journalism and Media a minimum of 120 credits are required.

Scheduling Recommendations 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 GENERAL EDUCATION course selection or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

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

ELECTIVES: 17-28 credits

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in this bulletin.)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 34 credits [1]

PRESCRIBED COURSES (16 credits)
COMM 160(1), COMM 271(3), COMM 280(3), COMM 403(3), COMM 409(3), COMM 428A(3) (Sem: 1-15)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6 credits)
COMM 100 GS(3) or COMM 180 GS(3)
COMM 230 WAC(3) or COMM 260 WAC (3)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (12 credits)
COMM 180(3), COMM 215(3), COMM 269(3), COMM 270(3), COMM 310(3), COMM 337(3), COMM 342(3), COMM 346(3), COMM 380(3), COMM 428B(3), COMM 460(3), COMM 467(3), COMM 469(3), COMM 475(3), COMM 481(3), COMM 487(3), COMM 492(3), COMM 493(3)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Spring 2017

Blue Sheet Item #: 45-06-017

Review Date: 4/4/2017

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