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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
JOU 3100/Photojournalism
JOU 3120/First-Person Reporting
JOU 3160/Broadcast News I
JOU 3170/Broadcast News II
JOU 3200/Feature Writing
JOU 3220/The Art of Sportswriting
JOU 3230/The Beat of Music Journalism
JOU 3260/Environmental Journalism
JOU 3350/Community Reporting
JOU 3374/The Literature of Journalism
JOU 3500/Multimedia Tools
JOU 3600/News Editing
LIT 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.

Updated Mar. 16, 2016

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Graduation Plans

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

Journalism Resources:
Public Affairs Journalism Internship Semester in Albany