Certificate in Journalism

Students in good academic standing at Indiana University who are not majoring in journalism, telecommunications, sports communication broadcast program, or any other major or program that requires a substantial number of mass communications courses are eligible to apply to the certificate program. Students must file an application with the School of Journalism, which can be found on the Journalism Web site.

To be considered for admission, students must have completed 26 credit hours with a minimum 2.2 cumulative grade point average (FX and WF will be calculated as F), including the following:

1. One of these three journalism courses with a grade of C or higher

  • J 110 Foundations of Journalism and Mass Communications
  • J 200 Reporting, Writing, and Editing I
  • J 210 Visual Communication

2. English composition with a grade of C or higher (or exemption) See Foundations

3. One mathematical modeling course with a grade of C- or higher (or exemption) See Foundations

4. One semester of a foreign language See World Language and Cultures

Required Courses

A grade of C- or higher in each course (with the exception of the journalism course used for admission to the Certificate—J 110, J 200, or J 210—in which a grade of C or higher is required) and an overall GPA of 2.0 in all courses taken for the certificate are required.

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. Two 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, J 360 and J 460.)

3. One 3 credit hour elective, selected from journalism, or a College of Arts and Sciences intensive writing or statistics course.

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