Within the context of a broad liberal arts degree program, journalism majors will concentrate on core courses in journalism and mass communication principles, media production and editing, information gathering, writing, reporting practicums and mass communication law.
Electives may be taken in a variety of subject areas such as history of documentary, history of mass communication, public opinion, international communication, mass media and society, media ethics, visual communication, and specialized media writing and production.
Recommended areas of study for a minor or double major include environmental science, political science, philosophy, sociology, psychology, English, art, economics, film studies, geography, history, international studies, agriculture or business. Journalism majors may not double major or minor in the mass communication emphasis offered in the Communication Studies and Theatre Arts department.
A student who desires to teach journalism at the secondary school level would minor in journalism and pursue a degree through the College of Education and Professional Studies.
Core Requirements 19 cr.
JOUR 101 Introduction to Mass Communication 3 cr.
JOUR 110 Principles of Journalism 3 cr.
JOUR 201 Information Gathering 3 cr.
JOUR 202 Print News Writing or 203 Broadcast News Writing 3 cr.
JOUR 304 News Practicum (1 semester) 2 cr.
JOUR 465 Mass Communication Law 3 cr.
One of the following production courses: 2 cr.
JOUR 121 Radio News Production 2 cr.
JOUR 122 TV News Photography 2 cr.
JOUR 123 Editing for Print Media 2 cr.
JOUR 124 Editing for Online Media 2 cr.
Theory Courses : Select one from the following: 3 cr.
JOUR 302 History of Documentary
JOUR 315 Race, Class and News
JOUR 316 Media Ethics
JOUR 319 The Media and American Politics
JOUR 320 Journalism and Public Opinion
JOUR 345 History of Mass Communication
JOUR 455 Mass Media and Society
JOUR 460 International Communication
Journalism Electives: 2 cr.