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Requirements

Co-Major

The journalism co-major requires successful completion of the following courses for a letter grade to total 32 credit hours + 400 Internship hours:

Journalism 201WR News Reporting and Writing 4 credit hours
Journalism 301WR Advanced News Reporting and Writing 4 credit hours
Journalism 305 Communication Law 4 credit hours
Journalism 311 Digital Media 4 credit hours
Journalism 430WR Journalism History and Ethics 4 credit hours
Journalism 496 Internship in Journalism 4 credit hours
Journalism 488 Special Topics and Other Elective Courses 8 credit hours
    32 credit hours

There are several ways to obtain elective credit in journalism. The program offers a number of electives including magazine writing, investigative reporting, news video, science writing, arts writing and criticism and covering ethnic communities.

Minor

The journalism minor requires successful completion of the following courses for a letter grade to total 24 credit hours + 400 Internship hours:

Journalism 201WR News Reporting and Writing 4 credit hours
Journalism 301WR Advanced News Reporting and Writing 4 credit hours
Journalism 305 Communication Law 4 credit hours
Journalism 311 Digital Media 4 credit hours
Journalism 430WR Journalism History and Ethics 4 credit hours
Journalism 496 Internship in Journalism 4 credit hours
    24 credit hours

Journalism Honors

Journalism co-majors with a 3.5 cumulative grade point average may apply during their junior year to graduate with honors in journalism. To receive honors, the student must successfully complete the co-major requirements listed above and a journalism project or research paper.

Journalism Learning Assessment

Every year, the Journalism faculty measures student performance against goals for teaching and learning in the Journalism program. We examine student work and interview students to assess their understanding of journalism fundamentals, their writing level, and their ability to apply knowledge of journalism ethics, history and law. The following are the goals for student learning in the Journalism Program:

  1. Demonstrate fundamental skills in news reporting, news writing and critical thinking in the analysis of journalistic work. Such critical thinking skills include close reading, analysis of texts in different journalistic genres, and the reading of drafts with revision as a goal. Students must demonstrate this ability to think critically in class discussions and in assessing their own work.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency at sentence-level writing, including syntax, punctuation, spelling, grammar and AP Style.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency with the basic elements of writing across all four media platforms: print, podcast, broadcast and online.
  4. Demonstrate a mastery of the skills required to report across all four media platforms.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to advance work from the conceptualization of a story to a draft through the stages of revision.
  6. Demonstrate a knowledge of journalism ethics, history and law.