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Bachelor of arts in journalism

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Effective Fall 2016

Journalism students in the Bachelor of Arts degree program must complete the following courses for a total of 27 credits.

Core Courses (18 credits):

JRN 200 - Basics of Journalism
JRN 201 - Reporting and Writing
JRN 225 - Multimedia Journalism
JRN 300 - News Writing
JRN 301 - The News Media in America
JRN 351 - Media Law and Ethics

Journalism Electives (9 credits):

Journalism students can choose from among the many other courses offered to fulfill the major.

Journalism Elective Courses:

JRN 210 - Broadcast News
JRN 230 - Fundamentals of Public Relations
JRN 240 - Race and the News
JRN 260 - Anthropology of Media
JRN 270 - Introduction to Photojournalism
JRN 298 - Special Topics (Courses have included Sports Broadcast)
JRN 302 - Political Reporting
JRN 303 - Great Journalism
JRN 304 - Sports Reporting
JRN 305 - News Editing
JRN 306 - News Design and Desktop Publishing
JRN 311 - Television News Workshop
JRN 320 - Writing Magazine Articles I
JRN 321 - Magazine Editing and Production
JRN 322 -Literary Journalism 
JRN 330 - Public Relations Workshop
JRN 340 - Journalism Workshop I
JRN 350 - American Journalism History
JRN 398 - Advanced Special Topics (Courses have included Drone Journalism and Writing for Science)
JRN 400 - Investigative Journalism
JRN 410 - Television News Documentary II
JRN 420 - Writing Magazine Articles II
JRN 440 - Journalism Workshop II
JRN 497 - Journalism Internship
JRN 499 - Independent Study 

Cognate Courses

Students in the B.A. degree program must select 12 credits of cognate courses with faculty advisement to meet their needs for professional preparation. The cognate courses, which are selected from other university departments, offer students the opportunity to broaden their liberal arts base and to acquire specialized skills in areas such as photojournalism, television technology and film studies. Cognate courses also prepare students for specialized writing in areas such as environmental science, urban studies, politics, economics, and theater. Students may also develop a cognate to supplement journalism courses in preparation for careers in news writing, editing and publishing, public relations, and specialized reporting. 

Cognate courses must be selected beyond the university's required courses in any subject matter area and 9 of the cognate credits must be for courses at  300 level or above. Credits are applied as free electives. Students are required to select one of two cognate patterns: 

-- A sequence of 3 courses in one subject, plus at least one related course that may be in a different discipline,

-- 3 related skills courses, such as courses in graphics, photography, or computer science. In addition to at least one course related to a career goal. 

Journalism LEP Requirements

Students in the B.A. degree program must also complete the Liberal Education Program requirements (45 credits). Included in the LEP requirements for journalism students are completion of:

JRN 135 - Digital Media Skills (Tier I, Tech Fluency)
JRN 101 - The Media: Freedom & Power (Tier II, American Experience)
JRN 490 - Journalism Capstone (Tier III, Capstone)

Optional Journalism LEP credits

JRN 270 - Photojournalism (Tier II, Creative Drive)
JRN 306 - Digital News Design (Tier II, Creative Drive)
JRN 350 - American Journalism History (Tier I, American Experience)

* Students should consult their degree evaluation in Banner and meet with their adviser to confirm all degree requirements.