Apr 16, 2024  
2016 Undergraduate Catalog 1.1 (WINTER - SPRING) 
2016 Undergraduate Catalog 1.1 (WINTER - SPRING) [ARCHIVED CATALOG - Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Journalism Studies (B.S.)

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Programs of Study

(Bachelor of Science Degree)

The journalism studies program recognizes the need for contemporary journalists to have strong professional skills along with a solid background in the liberal arts and sciences. The major provides the core of courses essential for today’s print and broadcast newswriter, as well as a wide selection of courses that address the changing needs and issues within the field of journalism. The major requires hands-on experience through internships as well as by working on the campus newspaper or radio station.

Total credit hours required for degree: 120

Total credit hours required for the major (of which at least half must be at the 300 level or above): 57

Learning Objectives

Graduates will:

  • Write competently on a professional level (i.e., write clear, concise, grammatically correct stories).
  • Gather information through the use of traditional and digital media, and then write and/or produce accurate news stories on deadline.
  • Use relevant technologies to create and distribute journalistic work across multiple media platforms.
  • Behave professionally and operate effectively in a professional environment.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the historical significance and practical implications of mass communications

Academic Requirements

See Core  section of this catalog.

Core: 34-55 Credit Hours

Major Electives

In consultation with your adviser, select three additional credits from journalism studies at the 200- level or above. These courses must be different from the courses selected to fulfill a concentration. JLM 290 , JLM 390 , JLM 490 , JLM 450 , and JLM 470  may not be used to fulfill this requirement.


Students must take at least 15 hours of study above the 100 level in an area of concentration. Students interested in a broadcast journalism concentration must take the designated courses. Students desiring to use public relations for a concentration should take the public relations-journalism dual major. Students may elect to fulfill this concentration with courses from any discipline or combination of disciplines outside of journalism or public relations in consultation with their advisor, and with approval of the program director or coordinator. (Transfer students should consult with their adviser regarding fulfillment of concentration with transferred courses.)


The student must complete sufficient elective courses to earn at least the minimum credit hours required for this degree, and at least 60 credit hours of the 120 required must be in the liberal arts and sciences.


*Students wishing information about the journalism studies retention policy should consult with their academic adviser.

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Programs of Study