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

JOU 101Introduction to Journalism

4

MAT 155Finite Mathematics for Liberal Arts

4

or

MAT 160College Algebra

4

AWR 201Writing and Research

4

GTW 102Gateways II

1

or

HON 102Pathways to Honors 2

1

Total Credit Hours:13

Second (Sophomore) Year - Fall Semester

JOU 271News Reporting and Writing

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

JOU 221Multimedia Journalism I: The Digital Tool Kit

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:16-18

Third (Junior) Year - Fall Semester

JOU 304Multimedia Journalism II: The Converged Newsroom

4

JOU 273Practicum in Student Publications

1-4

WRI 242Publication Editing and Design

2-4

JOU Elective for Journalism Major

4

General Elective

4

Total Credit Hours:18

Third (Junior) Year - Spring Semester

JOU 273Practicum in Student Publications

1-4

JOU 371Feature Writing

4

JOU 490Journalism Studies: Career Internship for Journalism Majors

1-8

JOU Elective for Journalism Major

4

General Elective

4

Total Credit Hours:15-18

Fourth (Senior) Year - Fall Semester

COM 327Communication and Law

4

JOU Elective for Journalism Major

4

JOU Elective for Journalism Major

4

General Elective

4

JOU 273Practicum in Student Publications

1-4

Total Credit Hours:17-18

Fourth (Senior) Year - Spring Semester

JOU 490Journalism Studies: Career Internship for Journalism Majors

1-8

JOU 499Journalism Colloquium/Portfolio

2

JOU Elective for Journalism Major

4

General Elective

4

Total Credit Hours:12-16

Total Credit Hours: 125-140

Colloquium/Portfolio

In the final semester of study, graduating journalism majors are required to take the two-credit senior colloquium/portfolio course. Working professionals give workshops on best practices, and the latest developments in the journalism and media industries. Students also compile and submit a portfolio of their best work (in all media) from each year of study. A preface should include a discussion of the student’s growth as a reporter, writer, and multimedia journalist. Program faculty members evaluate portfolios and select the most distinguished for awards.