Aug 11, 2022
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.
- 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
The Specialization Area must be approved by the student’s advisor. Students may choose one of three options:
- A minimum of 32 hours in a single department within the College of Arts and Sciences.
- 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).
- 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.
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
In addition, complete:
Select one of the following:
Select two advisor-approved electives; additional electives as desired. Recommended electives are: