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OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2009-10 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2009-10 [Archived Catalog]

Online Journalism Major (B.S.J.)

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Major code BJ6909

Journalism Curricula and Requirements

In keeping with Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication guidelines, journalism students take 45-64 credit hours in professional* coursework and a minimum of 128 credit hours in nonprofessional coursework. Journalism students meet the nonprofessional coursework provision by fulfilling General Requirements, followed by all journalism majors, and a Specialization Area, chosen by the student with the guidance of an advisor.

*Professional coursework includes credits in journalism, visual communication, media arts and studies, or photography.

General Requirements

  • Political Science (2 qtrs)
  • Sociology and/or Anthropology (2 qtrs)
  • Economics (2 qtrs)
  • Psychology (1 qtr) (except PSY 120)
  • History (2 qtrs)
  • English (2 qtrs)
  • Statistics (1 qtr) (from approved school list)
  • Philosophy (2 qtrs) (one must be PHIL 120 or 320)
  • Foreign Language (3 qtrs basic sequence or 1 qtr advanced)
  • Science (1 qtr of natural science and 1 qtr of applied science)
  • Interdisciplinary Arts/Fine Arts (nonperformance courses) (1 qtr)
  • African American or Women’s Studies (1 qtr)
  • Speech (1 qtr) COMS 103

Specialization Area

The Specialization Area must be approved by the student’s advisor. Students may choose one of three options:

  1. A minimum of 32 hours in a single department within the College of Arts and Sciences.
  2. A minimum of 16 hours in one Arts and Sciences department and 16 hours in any other one department (or an advisor-approved collection of related courses).
  3. A minimum of 20 hours in one Arts and Sciences department and 12 hours in any one other department (or an advisor-approved collection of related courses).


  • Courses defined as professional cannot be used to fulfill a Specialization Area.
  • No course may be counted in more than one type of requirement. For example, a course used to meet a General Requirement cannot be applied to a Journalism Sequence or Specialization Area.

Journalism Core

All journalism majors complete a basic 25-hour core of seven courses. A grade of C or better is required in all core courses.

1 of the following introductory courses:

NOTE: JOUR 101 is intended for journalism freshmen; nonmajors should take JOUR 105


1 of the following precision language courses:

NOTE: JOUR 133A is journalism majors only

1 of the following graphics courses:

NOTE: VICO 140 is taught only in the winter quarter.

1 of the following newswriting courses:

NOTE: JOUR 231A is journalism majors only

All of the following:

In addition, complete:

Advisor-approved internship.

Select two advisor-approved electives; additional electives as desired. Recommended electives are:

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