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The Certificate in Journalism

Students in good academic standing at Indiana University who are not majoring in journalism, telecommunications, sports communication program—broadcast emphasis, or any other major or program that requires a substantial number of mass communications courses are eligible to apply to the certificate program. Also eligible to apply are students who have successfully completed a four-year undergraduate degree with a major other than those listed above. Students must file an application with the School of Journalism.

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:

  • J110 Foundations of Journalism and Mass Communications with a grade of C- or better
  • English composition with a grade of C- or better or exemption
  • One semester of a foreign language
  • One fundamental skills mathematics course or exemption
Students wishing to be admitted to the certificate program are expected to have computer literacy, but there is no course or competency exam required for admission. Those who cannot demonstrate competency with word processing may be required to take a jump-start course before advancing to JOUR J200 or J210.

Required courses

  1. Core courses, 18 credit hours:
    • J110 Foundations of Journalism and Mass Communication
    • J200 Reporting, Writing, and Editing I, P or C: SLIS LI55
    • J201 Reporting, Writing and Editing II
    • J210 Visual Communication
    • J300 Communications Law
    • J410 The Media as Social Institutions
  2. One course from the approved list of advanced skills courses, 3 credit hours:
    • J315 Feature Writing
    • J341 Newspaper Reporting
    • J342 Magazine Reporting
    • J343 Broadcast News
    • J344 Photojournalism Reporting
    • J351 Newspaper Editing
    • J352 Magazine Editing
    • J354 Photojournalism Editing
    • J420 Advertising as Communication
    • J429 Public Relations Campaigns
    • J455 News Analysis and Opinion Writing
    • J463 Computerized Publication Design I
  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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