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Begin Date: Summer Session 2007
End Date: Summer Session 2008

Journalism - ARCHIVE

University Park, College of Communications (JOURN)

PROFESSOR FORD RISLEY, Head, Department of Journalism

The primary goal of this major is to educate students for careers as writers, reporters, editors, and photographers with newspapers, magazines, television, radio, on-line, and in the publications and public information departments of governments and industry. Courses in the major are about evenly divided between those emphasizing skills and professional procedures used by journalists and those seeking an understanding of journalism and mass communications as they relate to society.

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

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: 5 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: 46 credits[1]

PRESCRIBED COURSES (10 credits)
COMM 160(1) (Sem: 1-2)
COMM 260W(3) (Sem: 3-4)
COMM 403(3), COMM 409(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (18 credits)
Select 6 credits from COMM 180 GS(3), COMM 205 US(3), COMM 261 GH(3), COMM 381(3), COMM 401(3), COMM 405(3), COMM 410 IL(3), COMM 411(3), COMM 419 US;IL(3), COMM 496(1-18), COMM 499 IL(1-12) (Sem: 5-8)

Select 12 credits from one of the following tracks A, B, or C:
Tracks can be combined but only with the consent of a student's adviser.

A. BROADCAST JOURNALISM TRACK OF STUDY
COMM 360(3), COMM 465(3) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 6 credits from COMM 283W(3), COMM 466(3), COMM 475(3), COMM 480(3), COMM 495(1-3)[17] (Sem: 5-8)

B. PRINT JOURNALISM TRACK OF STUDY
COMM 460W(3), COMM 467(3) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 6 credits from COMM 269(3), COMM 461(3), COMM 462(3), COMM 464W(3), COMM 474(3), COMM 475(3), COMM 495(1-3)[17] (Sem: 5-8)

C. VISUAL COMMUNICATION TRACK OF STUDY
COMM 269(3), COMM 469(3) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 6 credits from COMM 283W(3), COMM 467(3), COMM 468(3), COMM 475(3), COMM 495(1-3)[17] (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (18 credits)
University-approved minor (18 credits)
[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)

[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: Summer Session 2007

Blue Sheet Item #: 35-06-300

Review Date: 4/10/07

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