Course Exceptions

MU Course Exceptions

Effective Fall 2008.
Updated: 14 October 2011

The School of Journalism accepts most courses from other MU divisions (or the equivalent transfer courses). Some courses, however, are considered duplicative of offerings in the School of Journalism or viewed as journalism-related courses taught by other divisions. Because accrediting standards limit the number of journalism credits a student may take, these journalism-related courses will not be accepted for credit toward graduation. The following courses are prohibited and will not count toward the Bachelor of Journalism degree:

Communication. All courses related to television, radio, production, public relations and media.

Internship courses taken in other divisions if the internship is journalism-related. These courses include but are not limited to:

  • ENGLISH 4950 Internship in Publishing.
  • GENERAL HONORS 1080H Honors Internship.

Journalism. JOURN 1000, The News Media’s Ethics and Social Responsibilities, is for non-journalism majors and does not count toward the Bachelor of Journalism degree.

Non-college level courses. These include such courses as MATH 0110 Intermediate Algebra. Courses in this category at MU are usually numbered below 1000 and are considered remedial in nature.

Parks, Recreation & Tourism. PR_TR 1085: The Sports Page.

Political Science. POLITICAL SCIENCE 4120 Politics and the Media.

Science and Agricultural Journalism. All courses unless cross-listed as journalism courses, in which case the courses may count only as journalism electives.

Sociology. SOCIOLOGY 3400 Politics of the Media.

Student Success Center. STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER 2100 Career Explorations. (Considered duplicative of Career Explorations in Journalism.)

WGST 2260 Studies in Mass Media: Constructions of Gender, Race and Sexuality.

Miscellaneous. Generally, any course in another division with “advertising,” “public relations,” “media,” “communication,” “news” or similar words in its title will not be accepted for credit toward the Bachelor of Journalism degree. If in doubt, check with your academic adviser to make sure a course will count.

Limitations on Applied Courses

Effective April 11, 2008.

The foundation of the Bachelor of Journalism degree is a broad liberal arts education. Liberal arts courses include foreign language, English, history, literature, mathematics, political science, economics, natural and physical sciences, social sciences and humanities. All students must complete at least 65 credits in these areas before being granted the Bachelor of Journalism degree.

Another 18 credits of non-journalism courses may be completed either in the traditional liberal arts areas or in so-called “applied” areas. The latter include business; education; agriculture; human environmental sciences; engineering, including information technology and computer science; nursing, health professions and performance courses in art, theater and music. Students may not exceed 18 credits in these and similar categories.

Art, music and theater courses can be either liberal arts courses or applied courses. For example, art, theater and music appreciation courses fall under the liberal arts category, while drawing, acting, music performance and music studio instruction courses are considered “applied” courses. Students should check with their advisors to make sure which courses count in each area. In most cases, the title of the course will make that clear.

Thus, the Bachelor of Journalism degree will be made up of the following courses totaling 123 credits:

  • 40 hours of journalism, all completed on the MU campus or at approved MU study-abroad partner institutions.
  • At least 65 credits in the liberal arts and sciences.
  • No more than 18 hours of applied courses as described above.

Effective with students entering MU Fall 2010 and later:

  • 43 hours of journalism, all completed on the MU campus or at approved MU study-abroad partner institutions.

The School only recently began to allow 18 credits of applied courses. This move is intended to make it easier for students to get minors or dual degrees in areas of demand within the fields of journalism and strategic communication. These include but are not limited to:

  • Journalism and Information Technology.
  • Journalism and Computer Science.
  • Journalism and Education.
  • Journalism and Engineering.
  • Journalism and Business.
  • Journalism and the Arts.

Effective April 11, 2008, current students may also alter their programs to take advantage of the rule regarding 18 hours of applied courses.