Magazine Journalism Degree and Emphasis Area Requirements

Magazine Journalism Degree and Emphasis Area Requirements

Journalism Degree Requirements

Total Credits
All students who have been admitted to the School will need to complete 39 credits in journalism as specified by their emphasis area requirements if they enrolled before FS05. Effective FS05 and later, incoming students will need 40 credits in journalism.

Residency Requirement
All journalism courses must be taken on the MU campus.

Electives and Course Load
Students may enroll in electives in emphasis areas other than their own as long as they have completed the necessary requirements. A maximum of 10 credits in journalism are allowed per semester.

Journalism Degree Requirements

  • 18-19 credits of core courses required of all journalism students
  • JOURN 1010 Career Explorations in Journalism (1 Credit)
  • JOURN 1100 Principles of American Journalism (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 2000 Cross Cultural Journalism (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 2100 News (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 3000 History of American Journalism (3 Credits) or JOURN 4950 Solving Practical Problems (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 4000 Communications Law (3 Credits)
  • The emphasis area capstone course (3 Credits)

Emphasis Area Requirements

Starting Emphasis Area Course Work
Students generally start their emphasis area course work in the first semester of their junior year.

Core/Required Magazine Journalism Courses

  • JOURN 4408 Magazine Editing (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 4410 Intermediate Writing *** (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 4450 News Reporting (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 4506 Magazine Design (3 Credits)
  • Capstone choices. Select one.
    • JOURN 4984 Magazine Staff (3 Credits)
    • JOURN 4986 Advanced Writing (3 Credits)
    • JOURN 4988 Advanced Magazine Design (3 Credits)
    • JOURN 4990 Journalism and Democracy (3 Credits)
    • JOURN 4994 Magazine Publishing (3 Credits)

Semester One
Semester One is generally the first semester of the junior year.

  • JOURN 4450 News Reporting (3 Credits)

Semester Two

  • JOURN 4000 Communications Law (3 Credits) or JOURN 4950 Solving Practical Problems (3 Credits)
  • Choose two courses (6 Credits)
    • JOURN 4408 Magazine Editing (3 Credits)
    • JOURN 4410 Intermediate Writing (3 Credits)
    • JOURN 4506 Magazine Design* (3 Credits)
    • Journalism elective, depending on interest (3 Credits)

Semester Three

  • JOURN 4000 Communications Law (3 Credits) or JOURN 4950 Solving Practical Problems (3 Credits)
  • Choose two courses (6 Credits)
    • JOURN 4408 Magazine Editing (3 Credits)
    • JOURN 4410 Intermediate Writing *** (3 Credits)
    • JOURN 4506 Magazine Design (3 Credits)
    • Journalism elective, depending on interest

Semester Four

  • Capstone course. Choose one of the following:
    • JOURN 4984 Magazine Staff
    • JOURN 4986 Advanced Writing
    • JOURN 4988 Advanced Magazine Design (3 Credits) (Offered spring only)
    • JOURN 4990 Journalism and Democracy (3 Credits) (Magazine section offered spring only)
    • JOURN 4994 Magazine Publishing (3 Credits) (Offered spring only)
  • Journalism electives (6 Credits)

Suggested Magazine Journalism Electives

  • JOURN 4268 Strategic Communication Practicum (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 4416 Science, Health & Environmental Writing (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 4418 Critical Reviewing (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 4420 Editorial Writing. (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 4430 Computer Assisted Reporting (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 4436 Investigative Reporting (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 4460 Advanced News Reporting (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 4500 News Design* (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 4508 Information Graphics (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 4550 Basic Press Photography** (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 4650 International Issues in Reporting (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 4566 Electronic Photojournalism (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 4568 History of Photojournalism. (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 4670 Newspaper Graphics Desk Management (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 4700 Participatory Journalism (Formerly Online Journalism) (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 4716 Women & the Media (2 Credits)

*Students whose interest is in editing are encouraged to consider JOURN 4500 as an elective.
**Students interested in design are encouraged to consider JOURN 4550 as an elective.
***Design students may replace JOURN 4410 with JOURN 4500, JOURN 4508 or JOURN 4700.
***Students may substitute JOURN 4412 or JOURN 4416 for JOURN 4410.

Other Options for Electives

  • You can take courses from other emphasis areas if you have satisfied prerequisites for that course.
  • You can set up an individual study course with one of your professors for 1-3 credits.
    • JOURN 4050 Communications Practice, generally project-related, requires a contract available from Journalism Advising, 76 Gannett.
    • JOURN 4350 Problems in Journalism, generally research and paper writing, requires a contract available from Journalism Advising, 76 Gannett.
  • New York Program
  • Study Abroad (journalism-approved programs only)
  • Washington Program