Non-Journalism Requirements

Non-Journalism Requirements

The Upper-Division Curriculum

(Juniors and Seniors)

Upper-Division Non-Journalism Requirements

Students must complete 47 or 48 credits in the liberal arts and sciences during the first two years of the B.J. program. Students then take a minimum of another 17 Credits (18 if the student took JOURN 1010 during the first two years) in the liberal arts and sciences at the Upper-Division level. These 17 or 18 Credits are distributed as follows:

Upper-Division Science

Credits Required: 3

Courses must be at the 3000 or 4000 level or Honors 2000H or above. Students choose from one of these areas: anthropology, astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science*, geology, math*, physics, psychology, sociology (except for Soc 3400), or statistics.

  • *College Algebra is the prerequisite for any course taken in this area.
    Note: Any course approved by the Committee on Undergraduate Education as a Biological, Physical or Mathematical Science, or as a Behavioral Science counts toward this requirement as long as it is numbered 3000 or above (or 2000-level Honors courses). Class Attributes in myZou will state: Meets Biological Science Requirement for Gen Ed; Meets Physical Science Requirement for Gen Ed; Meets Math Science Requirement for Gen Ed; or Meets Behavioral Science Requirement for Gen Ed.

Upper-Division Social Science

Credits Required: 6

Courses must be at the 3000 or 4000 level or Honors 2000H or above. For Strategic Communication students, Marketing 3000 completes three of these six credits. For all other students and for the last three credits for Strategic Communication students, courses may be from any of these areas:

  1. Economics.
  2. Geography.
  3. History.
  4. Political Science (except for POLSCI 4120).
  5. Any other course approved by the Committee on Undergraduate Education as a Social Science counts toward this requirement as long as it is numbered 3000 or above (or 2000-level Honors courses). Class Attributes in myZou will state: Meets Social Science Requirement for Gen Ed.

Upper-Division Humanistic Studies

Credits Required: 8

Courses must be at the 3000 or 4000 level or Honors 2000H or above. Courses also must come from any of these areas:

  1. Communication*, theatre* or film studies.*
  2. Appreciation or history of art or music. (Art and music performance courses are not permitted to satisfy this requirement.)
  3. Classical humanities.
  4. Literature (including literature in foreign languages).
  5. Classics.
  6. Philosophy.
  7. Religious studies.
  8. Any other course approved by the Committee on Undergraduate Education as a Humanities course counts toward this requirement as long as it is numbered 3000 or above (or 2000-level Honors courses). Class Attributes in myZou will state: Meets Humanities Requirement for Gen Ed.
    *Not all communication, theater and film studies courses are humanistic studies. See list below of courses in these areas that are humanistic studies.

Restrictions on Non-Journalism Courses in Specific Areas

Only certain courses in Communications, Art, Theatre, Music and Film Studies count as Humanistic Studies courses toward the B.J. degree. Many courses in those areas either overlap with or duplicate Journalism courses or may be categorized as art, music or theater performance courses. Communications, Art, Theatre, Music and Film Studies courses that DO count as Upper-Division humanistic studies courses include:

  • ART GEN 2030/2030H Context and Culture
  • COMM 2100H: Honors: Media Communications in Society
  • COMM 3100: Controversies in Communications
  • COMM 3570: Performance of Literature
  • COMM 3572: Argument and Advocacy
  • COMM 4412: Gender, Language & Communications
  • COMM 4440: Ethical Issues in Communications
  • FILM STUDIES: Any 3000/4000-level course except 3930: Screenwriting for TV & Radio
  • MUSIC (NON-MAJORS) 2306/2306H Perceiving Musical Traditions and Styles
  • THEATR 3005/Theatre 3005H Theatre: Context and Culture
  • THEATR 3200: Performance of Literature
  • THEATR 3700: World Dramatic Literature
  • THEATR 3750: New American Theatre
  • THEATR 3770: The Theatre Experience: From Page to Stage and Screen
  • THEATR 4700: Studies in Theatre History
  • THEATR 4720: American Musicals
  • THEATR 4730: Theatre Architecture
  • THEATR 4800: Studies in Dramatic Theory
  • THEATR 4820: Studies in Dramatic Literature
  • THEATR 4830: Studies in Dramatic Criticism
  • THEATR 4930 (Theatre 4200): Adaptation of Literature for the Stage
  • THEATR 4935: Adaptation of Literature for Film

The 17 Credits listed above plus the 48 taken in the first two years must add to meet the requirement of 65 Credits in the liberal arts and sciences. If a student counts JOURN 1010 among the 60 credits required for entry to Upper-Division status, thus earning 13 Journalism credits in the first two years, 18 Credits will be required in this area at the Upper-Division level. The additional credit may be taken in any of the areas listed above.

Other Upper-Division, Non-Journalism Courses

Credits Required: 15

Fifteen hours (3000/4000 level or Honors 2000H or above) of acceptable non-Journalism courses beyond the 65 Credits listed above are needed to meet the degree requirements. Students in the Strategic Communication Interest Area must complete three of these 15 hours in Marketing. Courses in this category may be in the liberal arts and sciences (see the CUE-approved list), or they may be applied courses. Applied courses make it easier for students to double-major or minor in areas such as business, engineering, education, human environmental sciences, hotel and restaurant management, and agriculture. Most courses in those areas fall into this category.

General Electives

If you will have fewer than 80 non-journalism hours upon completion of all requirements, then you will need general electives. The number of general electives varies for each student and is indicated in your letter of admission. These courses may be any level, but must be in areas acceptable toward the degree.