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Journalism (JRN)

The Journalism Major provides a curriculum that allows a student to master journalistic writing skills that are applicable to all media. This course of study first introduces students to various media so that they may develop an educated overview of the purposes and methodologies of those different media and the ways in which writing skills may be applied.

The curriculum is designed to introduce reporting, editing and interviewing skills at ascending levels and to then provide higher level advanced writing courses that facilitate mastering of writing technique. In addition, required courses allow students to critically analyze ethical responsibilities and issues that impact both society as a whole and segments of society that may be partially defined by race, gender and ethnicity. Students will use elective courses in the major to acquire essential knowledge of the tools and necessities of various media in which they intend to practice journalism.

JRN42-43 Credit Major in Journalism, B.A.

The Journalism major consists of 42-43 credits taken in one of two concentrations: Journalism or Multilingual Media. Students must complete all core requirements before taking Area of Concentration courses. Students who select Multilingual Media must select a language other than English and must demonstrate proficiency in that language as required by the Department of Languages & Literatures. The Multilingual Media required courses in the selected LOTE language are courses in the target foreign language and will be taught in the Department of Languages & Literatures. Students choose two of the following three options: Translation (3), Advanced Writing (3) Phonetics and Diction (3). The total number of credits (42 or 43) depends on whether students participate in the Journalism Honors Program.

  • Note: Students must complete JRN 491 and its COREQ JRN 492 to be eligible for Departmental Honors upon graduation.
  • Note: All 300 and 400-level Journalism courses have either a specific course prerequisite or require completion of 60 credits and Departmental Permission.

The required courses and credits are distributed as follows:

Core Requirements (24 credits)

All students are required to complete the following courses:

Credits            Course                     Title

3                      JRN 211                   Introduction to Multilingual Media

3                      FTS 212                   Introduction to Film and Television

3                      MCS 214                 Introduction to Media and Digital Culture

3                      JRN 221                   Reporting I

3                      JRN 222                  New Media

3                      JRN 223                  Journalism Ethics

3                      JRN 307                  Multimedia Editing and Proofreading

3                      JRN 321                  Reporting II

Courses in Student's Concentration (18-19 credits)

Each student is required to complete a concentration in one of two areas: (1) Journalism or (2) Multilingual Media.

Concentration in Journalism (18-19 credits)

Required courses (15 credits):

3              JRN 320                Interviewing

3              JRN 323                 Feature Writing 

Choose two of the following three courses:

3              JRN 300                 Advanced Writing Workshop

3              JRN 302                 Covering Race, Gender, and Ethnicity

3              JRN 322                 Online News Page Design and Editing

3  credits  Elective. To be chosen after consultation with advisor.

3-4 Credits. Either:

3           JRN 481                    Independent Project in Journalism

OR

3           JRN 491                    Honors Tutorial in Journalism and

1           JRN 492                    Honors Colloquium in Journalism. 

Note: JRN 491 and 492 are Honors capstone courses. To enroll in them, students must have earned 90 credits or more, have a 3.5 GPA in the major and have Departmental Permission. JRN 4910 and JRN 492 must be taken together. Students who are eligible for the Honors Capstone may substitute JRN 491 and JRN 492 for JRN 481.

Note: Students must complete JRN 491 and its COREQ JRN 492 to be eligible for Departmental Honors upon graduation.

Concentration in Multilingual Media (18-19 credits)

Required courses (15 credits):

Credits               Course                      Title

3                         JRN 320                    Interviewing

3                         JRN 323                    Feature Writing         

6 Credits.  Foreign language component.  Students must select a target language other than English and complete two of the following types of courses on translation, advanced writing, and phonetics in that language.  For example, the student completes two courses from one target language group:

French:

  • FRE 307: Advanced Translation
  • FRE 306: Advanced Composition
  • FRE 308: Theory and Practice of French Phonetics

Italian:

  • ITA 307: Advanced Translation
  • ITA 303: Advanced Grammar and Composition
  • ITA 308: Theory and Practice of Italian Phonetics

Spanish:

  • SPA 307: Translation
  • SPA 306: Advanced Spanish Composition
  • SPA 308: Spanish Phonetics and Diction

Students may complete courses in another target language as approved by the Department.

3  credits  elective. To be chosen after consultation with advisor.

3-4 Credits.      Either:

3           JRN 481                   Independent Project in Journalism

OR

3            JRN 491                   Honors Tutorial in Journalism and

1            JRN 492                   Honors Colloquium in Journalism.

Note: JRN 491 and 492 are Honors capstone courses. To enroll, students must have earned 90 credits or more, have a 3.5 GPA in the major and have Departmental Permission. JRN 4910 and JRN 4920 must be taken together. Students who are eligible for the Honors Capstone may substitute JRN 491 and JRN 492 for JRN 481.

Note: Students must complete JRN 491 and its COREQ JRN 492 in order to be eligible for Departmental Honors upon graduation