Bachelor of Arts in Journalism Degree

Degree Requirements

Journalism Major Requirements
Students must complete a minimum of 39 credit hours of journalism courses with a grade of C– or higher in each course (with the exception of the journalism course used for admission to the BAJ—J 110, J 200 or J 210—in which a grade of C or higher is required) from the following categories:
1. Core courses, 16 credit hours:
  • J 110 Foundations of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • J 155 Research Techniques for Journalists (1 credit hour)
  • J 200 Reporting, Writing, and Editing I
  • J 210 Visual Communication
  • J 300 Communications Law
  • J 410 The Media as Social Institutions
2. One advanced writing course, 3 credit hours:
  • J 303 Online Journalism
  • J 315 Feature Writing
  • J 341 Newspaper Reporting
  • J 342 Magazine Reporting
  • J 343 Broadcast News
  • J 349 Public Relations Writing
  • J 455 News Analysis and Opinion Writing
  • (Also approved topics of JOUR-J 261, J 360, J 418 and J 460)
3. Two additional courses from the approved list of advanced skills courses, 6 credit hours:
  • J 201 Reporting, Writing, and Editing II
  • J 303 Online Journalism
  • J 315 Feature Writing
  • J 341 Newspaper Reporting
  • J 342 Magazine Reporting
  • J 343 Broadcast News
  • J 344 Photojournalism Reporting
  • J 349 Public Relations Writing
  • J 351 Newspaper Editing
  • J 352 Magazine Editing
  • J 353 Advanced Broadcast News
  • J 354 Photojournalism Editing
  • J 362 Journalism Multimedia Storytelling
  • J 385 Television News
  • J 401 Depth Reporting and Editing
  • J 420 Advertising as Communication
  • J 429 Public Relations Campaigns
  • J 444 Advanced Photojournalism
  • J 455 News Analysis and Opinion Writing
  • J 463 Graphic Design I
  • J 464 Infographics
  • J 465 Graphic Design II
  • J 488 Agency Practicum--Agency 7
  • (Also approved topics of JOUR-J 261, J360, J 418 and J 460)
4. One course from the approved list of research courses, 3 credit hours:
  • J 407 Newsgathering and the Law
  • J 409 Media Management
  • J 423 Public Opinion
  • J 428 Public Relations Management
  • J 438 Problems in Advertising
  • J 448 Global Journalism: Issues and Research
  • J 450 History of Journalism
  • J 462 History of 20th Century Photography
  • J 470 Broadcast Media Analysis
  • (Also approved topics of JOUR-J 261, J360, J 418 and J 460)

4. Journalism electives, 11 credit hours:
Courses may be selected from any other journalism courses open to undergraduates except JOUR-C courses. Students can include other advanced skills and research courses in addition to the courses taken to satisfy the preceding advanced skills and research course requirements.

Students have the option of taking additional mass communications courses (journalism, telecommunications, and selected communication and culture), but no more than 43 credit hours total of mass communications courses may be counted in the total 123 credit hours required for the degree.

The grade point average in all journalism courses must be at least a 2.0.

Students also have the option to earn a Specialization Area notation on their transcript.  These Specialization Areas allow students to focus their major courses around particular themes--and have those themes noted on their transcripts.  

The School offers the following Specialization Areas:

  • Global Journalism
  • Digital and Interactive-Media Journalism
  • Public Relations and Advertising
  • Photojournalism
  • Journalism Design and Graphics
  • Science and Environmental Journalism
  • Political Journalism
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • News Reporting and Writing
  • Enterprise Journalism
  • Sports Journalism

Three courses from one of the above areas is required to earn a Specialization Area notation on a student's transcript.  A grade of C- or higher is required in each course.  The course lists for the individual areas are available in the Journalism main office and on the Journalism website.  To apply, students must complete the individual specialization form and submit it to the Journalism Recorder prior to registering for graduation.  If the last course for the specialization is taken during a student's final semester, the specialization form may be submitted upon enrollment in the course.  For proper advising, students should develop a plan early and discuss it with a Journalism advisor.

Students may earn up to two Specialization Areas, but only one course will be allowed to count in both.  Please note that none of the core journalism courses (J 110, J 155, J 200, J 210, J 300 and J 410) may count for a specialization.

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