Bachelor of Science in journalism

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Effective Fall 2013 

Journalism students in the Bachelor of Science degree program must complete the following courses for a total of 36 credits. 

Core Requirements (27 credits):

JRN 200 - Basics of Journalism
JRN 201 - Reporting and Writing
JRN 210 - Broadcast News
    or JRN 270 - Introduction to Photojournalism
JRN 225 - Multimedia Journalism
JRN 300 - News Writing
JRN 301 - The News Media in America
JRN 351 - Media Law and Ethics
JRN 375 - Courts and Crime
JRN 497 - Journalism Internship

Journalism Electives (9 credits):

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

Journalism Elective Courses:

JRN 230 - Public Relations
JRN 240 - Race and the News
JRN 260 - Anthropology of the Media
JRN 302 - Political Reporting
JRN 304 - Sports Reporting
JRN 305 - News Editing
JRN 306 - News Design
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 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

Journalism Internship

Journalism students in the B.S. degree program are required to complete 3 credits in an internship, and are eligible to complete up to 9 credits in one or more internships. Application for internships are planned by the student and the student's adviser and internship coordinator at the place of the internship. Most media agencies throughout the area have accepted journalism interns from the university. 

Cognate Courses

Students in the B.S. 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.S. degree program must also complete the Liberal Education Program requirements (48 credits). Included in the LEP requirements for journalism students are completion of:

JRN 135 - Journalism Technology (Tier 1, TF)
JRN 101 - The Media: Freedom & Power (Tier 2, AE)
JRN 490 - Journalism Capstone (Tier 3)

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