Bachelor of Arts in Journalism Degree

Degree Requirements

Breadth of Inquiry Requirements

Breadth of Inquiry Requirements (9 courses)

Approved courses that will fulfill Arts and Humanities, Social and Historical Studies, and Natural and Mathematical Sciences requirements are listed on the Courses tab, "CASE Breadth of Inquiry Courses by Departments," in this bulletin and on the campus-wide General Education Breadth of Inquiry course lists. Note: Students are advised to read carefully course descriptions in the College of Arts and Sciences Bulletin or other appropriate bulletins for prerequisites and conditions concerning awarding of credit. Breadth of Inquiry courses may be cross-listed to Culture Studies and Second Concentrations when they are included on these requirements' approved lists.

To ensure a rich and varied general education, the School of Journalism requires students to complete the Breadth of Inquiry requirements as follows:

Arts and Humanities (A&H) (three courses)

Courses in this area help students think about the complexity of human experience, appreciate the range of human thought and emotion, learn about varieties of aesthetic expression, and grapple with moral issues. Such courses study written texts and works in literature, the visual arts, music, and the other performing arts, as well as philosophical and religious thought, and intellectual and cultural traditions. The approach may be comparative, historical, or analytical, but the emphasis is on developing students' interpretive and critical skills.

(Please note that by taking two of the three A&H courses from the campus-wide GenEd list, students will fulfill the GenEd A&H requirement, as well as part of the B.A.J. A&H requirement.)

Social and Historical Studies (S&H) (three courses)

Courses in this area analyze social institutions, the behavior of individuals in social contexts and historical settings, and changes in social conditions over time. Such courses study the political, economic, and cultural institutions of society, from individuals in social interactions to the international system of nation-states and transnational organizations and actors as well as changes in the human condition over time, including the inception, development, and transformation of institutions and civilizations, ideas, genres, or forms of representation.

(Please note that by taking two of the three S&H courses from the campus-wide GenEd list, students will fulfill the GenEd S&H requirement, as well as part of the B.A.J. S&H requirement.)

Natural and Mathematical Sciences (N&M) (three courses)

Courses in this area provide an appreciation of the physical and biological environment, introduce students to systematic investigation of that environment, show the value of experimental methods for understanding natural laws, and explore the role and methods of the mathematical sciences. Such courses study the natural sciences, introducing and emphasizing basic principles of the chemical, physical, and life sciences, and expanding students' understanding of the physical world and scientific inquiry about it, as well as analytical reasoning, the mathematical sciences, and the thinking process and its representations. Courses may focus on forms of reasoning or the nature and processes of cognition and computation.

(Please note that by taking two of the three N&M courses from the campus-wide GenEd list, students will fulfill the GenEd N&M requirement, as well as part of the B.A.J. N&M requirement.)

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