Non-Journalism Requirements

Non-Journalism Requirements

The Upper-Division Curriculum

(Juniors and Seniors)

Upper-Division Science

Credits Required: 3

Courses must be at the 3000 or 4000 level or GN HON 2000H or above. Students choose from one of these areas: anthropology, astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science*, geology, math*, physics, psychology, sociology (except for SOCIOL 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 Mathematical 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 GN HON 2000H or above. For Strategic Communication students, MRKTNG 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

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 Humanities

Credits Required: 9

Courses must be at the 3000 or 4000 level or GN HON 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 humanities. See the list of courses below that will meet the requirement.

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 will count as Upper-Division humanistic studies courses include:

  • ART GEN 2030/2030H Context and Culture
  • COMMUN 2100H: Honors: Media Communications in Society
  • COMMUN 3100: Controversies in Communications
  • COMMUN 3570: Performance of Literature
  • COMMUN 3572: Argument and Advocacy
  • COMMUN 4412: Gender, Language & Communications
  • COMMUN 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: Adaptation of Literature for the Stage
  • THEATR 4935: Adaptation of Literature for Film

Upper-Division Non-Journalism Courses – Uncategorized

Credits Required: 11

Eleven hours from 3000/4000 level or GN HON 2000H or above of acceptable non-Journalism courses are also required to meet degree requirements. Students in the Strategic Communication Interest Area must complete three of these hours in Marketing. Courses in this category may be in the liberal arts and sciences 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. Please see your adviser if you have questions regarding courses in this area.

Flexible Credits

Students can take up to 4 additional credits of journalism prefix electives in the interest area in place of credits in Upper Level Non-Journalism Electives-Uncategorized.