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Journalism (BA)

About the Journalism Bachelor Degree Concentration 

The Journalism concentration of the Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies is designed to give students a solid foundation in newswriting and reporting for a variety of mediums: newspaper, radio, television, and the Internet. Instruction emphasizes reporting in today’s 24-7 media news cycle. Students will acquire advanced skills in Internet research, verifying sources for accuracy, conducting effective interviews, blogging, and repurposing the same news story for different audiences and mediums. Completing the program prepares students for a career in journalism, writing for business or non-profits, or to advance to a graduate program of study.  

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Learning Outcomes
  • Understand the vital role journalism plays in a democracy and the challenges the industry faces developing a sustainable economic model for the Internet.
  • Recognize the ethical responsibility of the journalist to seek truth and report it.
  • Identify the stylistic differences between print, broadcast, sports, and online journalism, and the full-time positions available in each.
  • Master writing news leads, news story structure, beat reporting, and feature writing for a variety of mass mediums.
  • Develop proper grammar and word usage skills that adhere to Associated Press style.
  • Acquire fundamental reporter skills including developing sources, preparing interviews, and conducting online research.
  •  Create a news writing portfolio.
Journalism Career Track
A reporter or news-writer position has long been the default job for anyone pursuing coursework in journalism.  That mindset, however, has evolved as consumers gravitate towards the Internet and social media to satisfy their news needs.  To prepare for tomorrow’s careers, journalism students should be multi-taskers, capable of interviewing eye-witnesses, shooting and editing video, writing the story, and then repurposing everything for the company website. Popular careers for print journalists are beat reporter, news writer, and editor; while on-air reporters and news anchors, and behind-the-scene producers remain popular choices for radio and TV.  By focusing on skill acquisition and a well-rounded liberal arts education, journalists can also find employment opportunities writing for the financial industry, corporate communication departments, public relation firms, or grant-writing for higher education or non-profit organizations. 

Communications and Media Studies Program: Journalism Concentration

First Year

Course Number Course Title Fall Spring
CM100 Introduction to Human Communications 3  
CM101 Introduction to Mass Communication   3
CS101 Computer Concepts and Applications  3  
EN101 English I 3  
EN102 English II   3
IS105 Common Experience 1  
PS101 Introduction of Psychology   3
  Free Elective 3  
  Government Elective   3
  Humanities Elective   3
  Math/Science/Computer Science1 3  
  Total Credit 16 15

1 Must take math if placed into MA003 or MA106

Second Year

Course Number Course Title Fall Spring
CM105 Public Speaking   3
CM203 Media Writing 3  
CM210 Introduction to Journalism    3
CM220/CS234 Introduction to Digital Video Production    
  Website Programming and Development 3  
EN201 Intermediate Writing   3
IS220 Preparation for Careers and Life after College   3
MA121 Basic Statistics  3  
  Science Elective    3/4
  Social Science Elective 3  
  Free Elective  3  
  Total Credits 15 15/16

Third Year

Course Number Course Title Fall Spring
CM300 Communication Theory 3  
CM315 Advanced Reporting   3
CM330/CM331 Sports Journalism 3  
  Broadcast Journalism    
CM400 Media Criticism    3
CM460 Comm & Media Studies Internship 3  
  Humanities Elective 3  
  Social Sciences Elective   3
  Free Elective 3 6
  Total Credits 15 15

Fourth Year

Course Number Course Title Fall Spring
CM415/CM425 Communication and Gender 3  
  Media Ethics    
CM450 Senior Seminar   3
  Experiential Learning1 3  
  English Elective   3
  Global Awareness Elective 3  
  Free Elective 6 9
  Total Credits 15  

1May be fulfilled by CM461, IS315, or a program-director-approved research project