Four-Year Degree Plan for Major in Journalism

Note that this is a sample four-year plan. There are other course sequences that will allow a student to graduate within four years as long as prerequisite courses are taken in the proper sequence. This sample plan does not guarantee course availability, and adjustments to students’ plans may be necessary if they are unable to take specific courses during specific semesters. Students who are placed into lower level FYW, MAT or other prerequisite courses will need to adjust their four-year plans accordingly. Similarly, students who bring in Advanced Placement, dual enrollment or transfer credit for courses will need to adjust their four-year plans. A minimum of a 2.0 GPA both overall and in the major is required for graduation. In addition to major requirements, all components of the Baccalaureate Experience must be completed in order to successfully graduate.

Degree Requirements

First (Freshman) Year - Fall Semester

Humanities/Fine Arts or Social Science (Bacc. Exp.)

4

Social Science (Bacc. Exp.)

3-4

General Elective

4

FYW 101Writing and Inquiry

4

GTW 101Gateways

1

or

HON 101Pathways to Honors 1

1

Total Credit Hours:16-17

First (Freshman) Year - Spring Semester

Humanities/Fine Arts or Social Science (Bacc. Exp.)

4

Social Science (Bacc. Exp.)

3-4

MAT 155Finite Mathematics for Liberal Arts

4

or

MAT 160College Algebra

4

FYW 102Writing & Research

4

GTW 102Gateways II

1

or

HON 102Pathways to Honors 2

1

Total Credit Hours:16-17

Second (Sophomore) Year - Fall Semester

JOU 101Introduction to Journalism

4

General Elective

4

Natural Science (Bacc. Exp.)

3-4

Humanities/Fine Arts or Social Science (Bacc. Exp.)

4

Total Credit Hours:15-16

Second (Sophomore) Year - Spring Semester

COM 241Introduction to Sound, Image and Motion

4

JOU 273Practicum in Student Publications

1-4

JOU Elective for Journalism Major

4

Natural Science (Bacc. Exp.)

4

Social Science (Bacc. Exp.)

3-4

Total Credit Hours:16-20

Third (Junior) Year - Fall Semester

JOU 271News Reporting and Writing

4

JOU 273Practicum in Student Publications

1-4

WRI 242Publication Editing and Design

2-4

COM/WRI Elective for Journalism Major

4

COM/WRI Elective for Journalism Major

4

Total Credit Hours:15-20

Third (Junior) Year - Spring Semester

JOU 273Practicum in Student Publications

1-4

JOU 371Feature Writing

4

JOU 304Multimedia Journalism II: The Converged Newsroom

4

JOU/WRI/COM Elective for Journalism Major

4

JOU Elective for Journalism Major

4

Total Credit Hours:17-20

Fourth (Senior) Year - Fall Semester

JOU/WRI/COM Elective for Journalism Major

4

JOU/WRI/COM Elective for Journalism Major

4

JOU/WRI/COM Elective for Journalism Major

4

General Elective

4

JOU 273Practicum in Student Publications

1-4

Total Credit Hours:17-20

Fourth (Senior) Year - Spring Semester

JOU 401Major Project in Journalism

4

JOU 499Journalism Colloquium/Portfolio

2

JOU/WRI/COM Elective for Journalism Major

4

JOU/WRI/COM Elective for Journalism Major

4

ADPR Elective or General elective

4

Total Credit Hours:18

Total Credit Hours: 129-141

Portfolio

In the final semester of study, graduating journalism majors are required to take the senior colloquium/portfolio course, from which students will submit to the department a portfolio of their best writing from each year of study. A preface should include a discussion of the student’s growth as a writer. Department faculty members evaluate portfolios and select the most distinguished for awards.