The Department of Journalism offers a professional journalism education in a liberal arts setting. The department is part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, which means that our students do not have to choose between a journalism education and a liberal arts education. They get both. We feel that such an education provides the best preparation for a successful career in journalism.
Choose your majors
The Journalism Department strongly urges its students to complete an additional major in a related field, such as History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, Biology, Latin American Studies or a foreign language. With planning, a student can complete two majors in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in four years. If a student wishes to pursue a second major in a different school or college in the university (such as the School of Business Administration), more than four years will be necessary to meet all requirements. (For more information, see the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences catalog.)
Students who do not complete a second major must complete at least 12 credits of upper level work in a field that will provide context for their future reporting and editing. The courses may all be in the same area (such as political science or history) or in different areas that all contribute to one body of knowledge. For example, a student interested in environmental issues could find related courses in biology, geography, sociology, and natural resource management and engineering (in the College of Agriculture).
All journalism majors must complete one lower-division an introductory journalism course, The Press in America J1002, and at least 27 credits in upper-division courses in the department. Of the upper-division courses, (totaling 18 credits) are specified: Newswriting I J2000W, Newswriting II J20001W, Journalism Ethics J3002, Journalism Law J3020, Copy Editing J3030 and the following Portfolio Series (1 credit each): Multimedia Skills (sophomore year) J2111, Content Development (junior year) J3111, Professional Presentation (senior year) J4111.
The remaining nine credits (or more) may be chosen from a variety of courses including Public Affairs Reporting J3000, Feature Writing J3012W, Magazine Journalism J3013W, Reporting and Editing TV News J3041 , Specialized Journalism J3045, Environmental Journalism J3046, Investigative Reporting J4035, or a different advanced course with the consent of the department. Students must complete 120 credits, at least 80 of which must be outside the department. Of those, 65 must be in liberal arts and sciences.
Students must also complete 12 credits in upper-division courses in a related field. (For students who are pursuing a double major, the courses in the second major may be used to fulfill that requirement.) Students are urged to consider their related courses as essential to their career preparation, and to work closely with their advisor to choose courses that will provide them with the knowledge they will need to be successful reporters and editors. Students who have a specialized interest — such as arts or environmental reporting — are urged to take their related courses in those areas. Redundant – Relateds are mentioned two paragraphs up.
All students are urged to pursue courses in Statistics and Computer Sciences.
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