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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. 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:

  • J 110 Foundations of Journalism and Mass Communications with a grade of C or higher
  • English composition with a grade of C or higher (or exemption)
  • one semester of a foreign language
  • one fundamental skills mathematics course with a grade of C­ or higher (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 in JOUR-J 200 or J 210.

Required courses

  1. Core courses, 18 credit hours:
    • J 110 Foundations of Journalism and Mass Communication
    • J 200 Reporting, Writing and Editing I, C: JOUR-J I55
    • J 201 Reporting, Writing and Editing II
    • J 210 Visual Communication
    • J 300 Communications Law
    • J 410 The Media as Social Institutions
  2. JOUR-J 155 Research Techniques for Journalists, 1 credit hour, C: JOUR-J 200
  3. One course from the approved list of advanced skills courses, 3 credit hours:
    • J 315 Feature Writing
    • J 341 Newspaper Reporting
    • J 342 Magazine Reporting
    • J 343 Broadcast News
    • J 344 Photojournalism Reporting
    • J 351 Newspaper Editing
    • J 352 Magazine Editing
    • J 354 Photojournalism Editing
    • J 420 Advertising as Communication
    • J 429 Public Relations Campaigns
    • J 455 News Analysis and Opinion Writing
    • J 463 Computerized Publication Design I
  4. One 3 credit hour elective, selected from journalism, or a College of Arts and Sciences intensive writing or statistics course.

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