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The Journalism BA Program: Academic Requirements

In addition to meeting general degree requirements, all journalism majors must complete the following:

I. Introductory Courses: 6 credits
These two introductory courses are the only journalism courses open to freshmen.

  1. JOU 1500/Introduction to Media: 3 credits
  2. JOU 2150/History of Journalism: 3 credits

II. Central Courses: 22 credits

  1. JOU 2515/Journalism I: 4 credits*
  2. JOU 2915/Journalism II: 4 credits*
  3. JOU 3080/Freedom and the Media: 4 credits
  4. JOU 3880/Junior Seminar in Journalism: 2 credits
  5. SPJ 4990/Senior Project I: 4 credits
  6. SPJ 4991/Senior Project II: 4 credits

*Students must earn a minimum grade of C+ in JOU 2515 and 2915, which must be taken initially and in sequence.

III. Journalism Electives: 10–12 credits
Three journalism electives, chosen from the list below. New courses may be added to this list. Students should check with their faculty advisor to determine if a new course is an appropriate elective.

JOU 3040/Race, Gender, and the Media
PHI 3085/Objectivity (added Spring 2015)
JOU 3100/Photojournalism
JOU 3120/First-Person Reporting
JOU 3150/Introduction to Broadcast Journalism
JOU 3200/Feature Writing
JOU 3220/The Art of Sportswriting
JOU 3230/The Beat of Music Journalism
JOU 3250/Multiple Platform Writing
JOU 3260/Environmental Journalism
JOU 3310/Advanced Broadcast News
JOU 3350/Community Reporting (added Spring 2016)
JOU 3374/The Literature of Journalism
JOU 3500/Multimedia Tools
JOU 3600/News Editing
JOU 3635/Reviewing the Contemporary Novel
JOU 3780/Criticism/Reviewing Workshop
JOU 4010/Covering the Arts
JOU 4020/International Issues Reporting
JOU 4150/Investigative Reporting
JOU 4320/Broadcast Writing

IV. Other Studies
Five electives in one area of study within the liberal arts and sciences, chosen in consultation with the faculty advisor. (Many students will find it appropriate to earn a minor.) The per-course credits vary, but the credit total is typically 18 to 20. Students should consult their advisor to ensure that an appropriate number of upper-level electives are taken.

Updates to the 2013–15 College Catalog:

Effective Fall 2014:

  • A minimum grade of C+ has been added for JOU 2515 and 2915.
  • The senior project (formerly JOU 4990, two semesters, 8 credits total) is now SPJ 4990/Senior Project I and SPJ 4991/Senior Project II, 4 credits each.

Updated Oct. 5, 2015

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In consultation with your faculty advisor, the eight-semester plans, maintained by the Office of the Registrar, can be used as a guide to assist you in your academic planning and progress toward graduation.

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