Pre-Interest Area Requirements

Pre-Interest Area Requirements

Fall 2013 Undergraduate Curriculum:
Students admitted to MU fall semester 2013 or later

Understanding the Undergraduate Curriculum

Curriculum and Associated Interest Areas Effective With Freshman Class and Transfers Entering Fall Semester 2013 or Later

To earn the Bachelor of Journalism degree, students choose from an array of Interest Areas designed to build expertise in areas in which journalism and strategic communication majors typically find employment. The overall structure in each Interest Area assures that the student receives a solid foundation in the liberal arts and sciences while leading to competency in some area of journalism or strategic communication.

To complete the Bachelor of Journalism degree, 123 credits are required. These are allocated in the following way:

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences (79 Credits). The courses taken to satisfy this requirement must appear on the list of acceptable General Education courses adopted by the MU Committee on Undergraduate Education (CUE). Specific distribution requirements are explained later in this document.
  • Journalism and/or Strategic Communication (44 Credits). Students may count a maximum of 44 credits in the School of Journalism toward the degree. A student may take more than 44 journalism credits, but the additional hours do not count toward the degree, even as electives.

To graduate, students must complete the minimum number of credits listed in each of the three areas.

The Lower-Division Curriculum

Freshmen and sophomores, or first 60 credits

Lower-Division Non-Journalism Requirements

Students must complete 60 credits of specified coursework (47 in the liberal arts and sciences and 13 in journalism) with a 3.0 UM GPA before entering an Interest Area and advancing to upper-division status. Students below a 3.0 UM GPA may appeal to a faculty committee for admission.

Here is the distribution of coursework required to complete the 60 credits:

  • English composition (3 Credits)
  • College algebra (3 Credits)
  • Foreign language (12-13 Credits)
  • Biological, mathematical, physical science (9 Credits)
  • Social and behavioral science (14 Credits)
  • Humanistic studies (6 Credits)
  • Journalism courses (13 Credits)
  • Electives as needed to total 60 Credits

An explanation of each area follows:

English Composition

Credits required: 3

ENGLSH 1000 Exposition and Argumentation (3 Credits)

  • Students must receive a B-range grade or better to satisfy this requirement.
  • A C-range grade will be accepted only if the student also passes the Missouri College English Test. The MCET is given on the MU campus.
  • Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate test credit with the appropriate score will satisfy this requirement.

College Algebra

Credits required: 3

MATH 1100 College Algebra (3 Credits)

  • A C-range grade or better is required. Students who took the ACT before Aug. 1, 2009, are exempt from College Algebra if they scored a 26 or higher on the math component of the ACT (600 on the math component of the SAT). After Aug. 1, 2009, the score required for the exemption is 28 or higher on the ACT (640 on the math component of the SAT).

Foreign Language

Credits Required: 12-13 in a single foreign language

  • These courses can be taken on the MU campus or may be the equivalent at another institution.
  • If a student has completed four or more years of a single foreign language in high school, that student may waive the foreign language requirement, but he or she will not earn any college credit. The student will need to replace those 12-13 hours with non-journalism electives.
  • If a student has four or more years of high school credit and elects to take a lower-level course in the same language, the student negates the option of satisfying the language requirement based on high school credit. The student must either complete the requirement or request that the credits for the lower-level course not be counted toward graduation.
  • Placement tests are available for Spanish, French and German. If a student is placed into level 1200, 2100, or 2160, he or she may earn advanced-standing credit for the level(s) skipped by earning a C-range grade or better in the next highest level course. For more information, contact Romance Languages in 143 Arts and Science Building, or German and Russian Studies in 456 Strickland Hall.

Biological, Mathematical, Physical Science

Credits required: 9

This requirement can be satisfied as follows:

  • Statistics (3 Credits) is required. STAT 1200 Introductory Statistical Reasoning* (3 Credits). STAT 1200 or STAT 1300 Elementary Statistics* (3 Credits) taken on campus will satisfy MU’s math reasoning proficiency (MRP) requirement. A C-range grade or better is required. To ensure that the class is MRP certified, students generally should avoid taking this course elsewhere.
    • *MATH 1100 College Algebra with a C-range grade or better is the prerequisite. A waiver of the College Algebra credit also suffices.
  • Additional courses (6 Credits) from the following areas: Biological Anthropology, Astronomy, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, CS 1050 Computer Science*, Geology, Math* and Physics. A laboratory science is required.
    • *MATH 1100 College Algebra with a C-range grade or better is the prerequisite. A waiver of the College Algebra credit also suffices.
    • This requirement for additional courses can be satisfied as follows:
      • One course with a lab. Select from the following:
        • ANTHRO 2050 or 2051/2052 Intro to Biological Anthropology (5 Credits).
        • ASTRON 1010 Intro to Astronomy (4 Credits). Physics and math-based.
        • ASTRON 1020 Intro to Laboratory Astronomy (2 Credits).
        • BIO SC 1010 General Principles and Concepts and BIO SC 1020 General Biology Lab (Total 5 Credits). Either take 1010 and 1020 together or take 1010 first. 1020 will not satisfy the lab requirement without 1010.
        • BIO SC 1030 General Principles and Concepts of Biology with Laboratory (5 Credits).
        • BIO SC 1060 Basic Environmental Studies (3 Credits if taken WS05 or later).
        • BIO SC 1100 Introductory Zoology with Laboratory (5 Credits); cross-listed F_W 1100.
        • BIO SC 1200 General Botany with Laboratory (5 Credits).
        • BIO SC 2100 Infectious Diseases (3 Credits).
        • CHEM 1100 Atoms & Molecules (3 Credits). Chemistry course for non-science majors.
        • F_W 1100 Introductory Zoology with Laboratory (5 Credits); cross-listed BIO SC 1100.
        • GEOL 1100 Principles of Geology (4 Credits).
        • GEOL 1200 Environmental Geology (4 Credits).
        • GN HON 2461H Warm Little Pond (3 Credits) or GN HON 2462H Warm Little Planet (3 Credits). Honors College students only.
        • NAT R 1060 Ecology & Conservation of Living Resources* (3 Credits).
        • PHYSCS 1210 College Physics (4 Credits). Math-based, geared toward science majors.
        • PHYSCS 2750 University Physics (5 Credits). MATH 1500 is a prerequisite.
        • PLNT S 2110 Plant Growth & Culture* (3 Credits) and 2120 Plant Science Lab* (2 Credits).
        • SOIL 2110 Intro to Soils* (3 Credits) and SOIL 2106 Soil Sci Lab* (2 Credits).
        • T_A_M 2200 Science of Textiles (3 Credits)
    • Other acceptable courses to satisfy the non-lab portion of the Biological, Mathematical and Physical Science Requirements:
      • Biological
        • ANTHRO 1002 Topics in Anthropology (1-3 Credits).
        • ANTHRO 2051 Intro to Biological Anthropology (3 Credits). Lecture only.
        • AN SCI 1011 Animal Science* (3 Credits).
        • BIO SC 1010 General Biology Lecture (3 Credits) or any other biology course.
        • BIO SC 2002 Topics in Biological Sciences (1-3 Credits).
        • BIO SC 2960/2965H will not count for this requirement.
        • ENTOM 2710 Insects in the Environment* (3 Credits).
        • F S 1020 World Food & You* (3 Credits).
        • F S 1030 Food Science & Nutrition* (3 Credits).
        • NAT R 1070 Ecology & Renewable Resources Management* (3 Credits).
        • NAT R 2160 America’s Renewable Resources* (3 Credits).
        • NUTRIT 1034 Nutrition, Current Concepts & Controversies* (3 Credits).
        • NUTRIT 1340 Nutrition & Fitness* (3 Credits).
        • PLNT S 2002 Topics in Plant Science (1-3 Credits).
        • PLNT S 2110 Plant Growth & Culture* (3 Credits).
      • Mathematical
        • CS 1050 Computer Science (3 Credits). Programming course. MATH 1100 College Algebra with a C-range grade or better is the prerequisite.
        • Any math with College Algebra as a prerequisite (except Math 1140 Trigonometry).
      • Physical
        • ATM SCI 1050 Meteorology (3 Credits).
        • BIOCHM 2110 The Living World: Molecular Scale* (3 Credits).
        • BIOCHM 2112 Biotechnology in Society* (3 Credits).
        • Chemistry. Any course.
        • Geology. Any course.
        • Physics. Any course.
      • Biological, Physical, Mathematical Science
        • GN HON 2450H Biological, Physical, Math (Computer Science) Science Colloquia, any course. Honors College students only.
      • Note: Any course approved by the Committee on Undergraduate Education as a Biological, Physical or Mathematical Science counts toward this requirement as long as the distribution requirements above are satisfied. Class attributes in myZou will state: Meets Biological Science for Gen Ed; Meets Physical Science for Gen Ed; or Meets Math Science for Gen Ed.

Social and Behavioral Science

Credits required: 14

This requirement can be satisfied as follows:

  • American History (3 Credits). Choose from the following:
    • HIST 1100 Survey of American History to 1865 (3 Credits).
    • HIST 1200 Survey of American History Since 1865 (3 Credits).
    • HIST 1400 American History (5 Credits). (U.S. History AP Credit Only)
    • HIST 1410 African-American History (3 Credits).
    • HIST 2210 Twentieth Century America (3 Credits).
    • HIST 2440 History of Missouri (3 Credits).
  • Political Science (3 Credits). Choose from the following:
    • POL SC 1100 American Government (3 Credits).
    • POL SC 1700 Introduction to Political Science (3 Credits). (Transfer Credit Only; Not Offered at MU).
    • POL SC 2100 State Government (3 Credits).
  • Economics (5-6 Credits). Choose from the following:
    • ECONOM 1051 General Economics (5 Credits) or:
    • ECONOM 1014 Principles of Microeconomics (3 Credits) and ECONOM 1015 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 Credits) or:
    • AG EC 1041 Applied Microeconomics (3 Credits) and AG EC 1042 Applied Macroeconomics.
  • Behavioral (3 Credits). Choose from the following:
    • Anthropology. Any course except ANTHRO 2050, 2052, 2151 as these count as Biological Sciences.
    • ESC PS 2700 Psychological Perspectives of Sport.
    • H D FS 1600 Intro to the Study of Families (3 Credits).
    • H D FS 1610 Close Relationships in Families (3 Credits).
    • H D FS 2400 Principles of Human Development (3 Credits).
    • Psychology. Any course.
    • RU SOC 1000 Rural Sociology (3 Credits).
    • RU SOC 1150 Amish Community (3 Credits).
    • Sociology. Any course except SOCIOL 3400 Politics and the Media, which will not be accepted toward the Journalism degree.
    • SOCIOL 1000 Sociology & RU SOC 1000 Rural Sociology are considered duplicate. If both are taken, credit will be given for one or the other, but not both.
    • GN HON 2310H Honors Behavioral Science Colloquium (3 Credits). Honors College students only.
    • GN HON 3210H Honors Behavioral Science Colloquium (3 Credits). Honors College students only.
    • GN HON 2243H: Human Sciences Emphasis Area: Personal Identity (3 Credits). Honors College students only.
    • GN HON 2244H: Human Sciences Emphasis Area: Identity in Groups (3 Credits). Honors College students only.
  • Note: Any course approved by the Committee on Undergraduate Education as a Behavioral Science counts toward this requirement as long as the distribution requirements above are satisfied. Class attributes in myZou will state: Meets Behavioral Science Requirement for Gen Ed.

Humanistic Studies

Credits required: 6

This requirement can be satisfied as follows:

  • Literature (3 Credits). Any literature course.
  • Plus choose one course from any of the following areas (Total: 3 Credits)
    • Area 1: Appreciation or History of Art/Music
      • Art and music performance courses are not permitted to satisfy this requirement.
      • ART 1020 Art Appreciation (3 Credits).
      • ART GEN 2030/Art-General 2030H Context and Culture (3 Credits).
      • Art History. Any three-hour course.
      • MUSIC 1310 Masterpieces of Western Music (3 Credits).
      • MUSIC 1311 Jazz, Pop & Rock (3 Credits).
      • MUSIC 1312 History of Jazz (2 Credits).
      • MUSIC 1313 Intro to World Music (3 Credits).
      • MUSIC NM 1005 Topics in Music (1-3 Credits).
      • MUSIC NM 2306/MUSIC NM 2306H Perceiving Musical Traditions and Styles (3 Credits).
      • T A M 2500 Social Appearance in Time & Space (3 Credits).
      • T A M 3510 History of Western Dress (3 Credits), formerly T A M 2510.
    • Area 2: Classical Humanities or Non-U.S. Civilization
      • CL HUM 1050 Greek & Latin in English Usage (3 Credits).
      • CL HUM 1060 Classical Mythology (3 Credits).
      • CL HUM 2005 Topics in Classical Civilization (Credit Arranged).
      • CL HUM 2100 Greek Culture (3 Credits).
      • CL HUM 2200 Roman Culture (3 Credits).
      • CL HUM 2300 Greek Classics in Translation (3 Credits).
      • CL HUM 2400 Roman Classics in Translation (3 Credits).
      • CL HUM 3000 Foreigners & Dangerous Women in Greek & Latin (3 Credits).
      • CHINSE 2310 Chinese Civilization I (3 Credits).
      • FRENCH 2310 French Civilization (3 Credits).
      • GERMAN 2310 German Civilization: Beginning to 1850 (3 Credits).
      • GERMAN 2320 German Civilization: 1850 to Present (3 Credits).
      • GERMAN 2470 Witches: Myth & Historical Reality (3 Credits).
      • GERMAN 2480 Monstrous Births: Tales of Creation in 19th Century Literature (3 Credits).
      • HIST 1500 Foundations of Western Civilization (3-4 Credits).
      • HIST 1510 History of Modern Europe (3 Credits).
      • HIST 1520 The Ancient World (3 Credits).
      • HIST 1820 Asian Humanities (3 Credits).
      • ITAL 2310 Italian Civilization (3 Credits).
      • JAPNSE 2310 Japanese Civilization I (3 Credits).
      • JAPNSE 2320 Japanese Civilization II (3 Credits).
      • KOREAN 2310 Korean Civilization I (3 Credits).
      • KOREAN 2320 Korean Civilization II (3 Credits).
      • PORT 2310 Brazilian Civilization (3 Credits).
      • RUSS 2310 Between Heaven and Earth: Russian Civilization (3 Credits).
      • RUSS 2320 The Arts of Survival: Civilization in Soviet Times (3 Credits).
      • RUSS 2330 Russia & America as Comparative Civilizations (3 Credits).
      • RUSS 2540 Monks, Martyrs, Holy Fools (3 Credits).
      • RUSS 2550 Russian Mythology (3 Credits).
      • RUSS 2570 Supreme Measure: Capital Punishment in Russia (3 Credits).
      • SPAN 2310 Spanish Civilization (3 Credits).
      • SPAN 2330 Latin American Civilization (3 Credits).
    • Area 3: Communication/Theatre/Film Studies
      • COMMUN 1200 Public Speaking (3 Credits).
      • COMMUN 2100 Media Communication in Society (3 Credits).
      • COMMUN 3100 Controversies in Communication. Writing Intensive (3 Credits).
      • ENGLSH 1810 Intro to Film: Beginnings to 1945 (3 Credits).
      • ENGLSH 1820 American Film in International Context, 1895 (3 Credits).
      • ENGLSH 2830 American Film in International Context, 1895 (3 Credits).
      • ENGLSH 2840 American Film in International Context, 1950-Present (3 Credits).
      • Film Studies. Any course, except Film Studies 3930 Screenwriting for TV and Radio (Elective).
      • THEATR 1100 Theater in Society (3 Credits).
      • THEATR 1150 African American Cinema (3 Credits).
      • THEATR 1400 Acting for Non-Majors (3 Credits).
      • THEATR 1700 Intro to Theater History (3 Credits).
      • THEATR 1720 African-American Theater History (3 Credits).
      • THEATR 2700 New American Theater (3 Credits).
      • THEATR 2800 Principles of Script Analysis. Writing Intensive (3 Credits).
      • THEATR 3770 (Formerly 3005/THEATR 3005H) Theatre: Context and Culture (3 Credits).
    • Area 4: Humanities. Honors College students only.
      • GN HON 2111H Humanities: The Ancient World (3 Credits).
      • GN HON 2112H The Middle Ages and the Renaissance (3 Credits).
      • GN HON 2113H The Early Modern World: The 17th-19th Centuries Enlightenment (3 Credits).
      • GN HON 2114H The Modern Era (3 Credits).
      • GN HON 2117H The Emerging Canons of the Americas (3 Credits).
      • Any GN HON 2120H Honors Humanities Colloquium (2-3 Credits).
    • Area 5: Philosophy
      • PHIL 1000-2700 (Each 3 Credits).
      • PHIL 2000 and higher courses require prerequisites. Please check the undergraduate catalog for a list of specific prerequisites.
    • Area 6: Religious Studies
      • REL ST 1100-2300 (Each 3 Credits)
      • REL ST 2400 and higher courses require prerequisites. Please check the undergraduate catalog for a list of specific prerequisites.
    • Area 7: Any other course approved by the Committee on Undergraduate Education as a Humanities course counts toward this requirement as long as the distribution requirements above are satisfied. Class attributes in myZou will state: Meets Humanities Requirement for Gen Ed.

Lower-Division Journalism Requirements

Credits required: 13

This requirement is satisfied by taking the following required courses:

  • JOURN 1010 Career Explorations in Journalism (1 Credit). Should be taken the first semester on campus. Graded S/U.
  • JOURN 1100 Principles of American Journalism (3 Credits). JOURN 1100 should be taken the second semester of the freshman year. To be eligible for the course, a student must have 15 credits and have a minimum UM cumulative 2.75 GPA. JOURN 1100 must be completed with a minimum C-range grade.
  • JOURN 2000 Cross-Cultural Journalism (3 Credits). JOURN 2000 should be taken in the sophomore year. A student must have a minimum UM cumulative GPA of 2.8* to enroll and must have completed JOURN 1100. JOURN 2000 must be completed with a minimum C-range grade.
  • JOURN 2100 News (3 Credits). JOURN 2100 should be taken in the sophomore year. To be eligible for the course, a student must have a minimum UM cumulative GPA of 2.8*, must have satisfied the English composition requirement with a grade of “B-” or higher in English 1000 or the equivalent course in transfer, or with AP or IB test credit, and must have completed JOURN 1100. Can be taken concurrently with JOURN 2000. May not take concurrently with JOURN 2150.
    • *If a student is a first-semester transfer student registering for the second semester, that student will not have a UM cumulative GPA at the time of registration. The student’s GPA at the earlier institution will be evaluated based on the GPA in courses accepted in transfer.
  • JOURN 2150 Fundamentals of Multimedia Journalism (3 Credits). JOURN 2150 should be taken in the sophomore year. To be eligible for the course, a student must have a minimum UM cumulative GPA of 2.8* and must have completed JOURN 1100. Can be taken concurrently with JOURN 2000. May not take concurrently with JOURN 2100.

The Upper-Division Curriculum

Juniors and seniors

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 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 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, 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 (except for POL SC 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: 9

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. History or appreciation 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 Bachelor of Journalism 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 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

Other Upper-Division, Non-Journalism Courses

Credits required: 13

Thirteen 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.

Courses That Do Not Count

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:

  • Science and Agricultural Journalism. All courses unless cross-listed as journalism courses or as approved electives. Approved electives are listed under each Interest Area. Any Science and Agricultural Journalism course must count as a journalism requirement or elective. It may not count as a general, non-journalism elective. Some general Science and Agricultural Journalism courses will not count toward the journalism degree. See your adviser for clarification before enrolling in any Science and Agricultural Journalism course.
  • 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:
    • ENGLSH 4950 Internship in Publishing.
    • GEN HON 1080H Honors Internship.
    • INTDSC 1940 Internship.
    • INTDSC 2940 Internship.
  • Journalism. JOURN 1000 The News Media: Journalism and Advertising in a Democratic Society, 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.
  • Political Science. POL SCI 4120 Politics and the Media.
  • Sociology. SOCIOL 3400 Politics of the Media.
  • Student Success Center. SSC 2100 Career Explorations. (Considered duplicative of Career Explorations in Journalism.) Only one credit is accepted for SSC 1150 Learning Strategies for College Students.
  • 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.

Upper-Division Journalism Requirements

Upper-division journalism core

Credits Required: 6

All journalism and strategic communication students must take the following courses at the upper-division level:

  • JOURN 3000 History of American Journalism (3 Credits) OR JOURN 4568 History of Photojournalism (3 Credits). JOURN 3000 OR JOURN 4568 should be taken in the junior year.
  • JOURN 4000 Communications Law (3 Credits). JOURN 4000 also should be taken in the junior year.

Thus, all journalism and strategic communication majors take four required journalism courses in the first two years and two in the junior year for a total of 18 credits. This forms the journalism or strategic communication core for all students.

Interest Areas

Credits Required: 25

A student chooses an Interest Area to complete the journalism or strategic communication course requirements and the 43 credits needed for the Bachelor of Journalism degree. All Interest Areas in the School of Journalism are designed with both required courses to ensure the student builds competency in the chosen area and elective courses to give the student choices. All Interest Areas give students a minimum of nine elective journalism credits. Interest Areas also may require or recommend non-journalism courses. See the approved Interest Areas that follow this section.

The School of Journalism’s faculty has approved the following Interest Areas from which undergraduate students in the School may choose while pursuing upper-division studies.

Administratively, the School of Journalism is divided into faculties, not departments. For administrative purposes, all Interest Areas are assigned to one of those faculties except for the two International IAs, which are administered by the School of Journalism’s Global Programs office.

Students who seek more information on a particular program should see an academic adviser or seek out a member of the supervising faculty, which is indicated following the description of the Interest Area.

Students interested in one of the international programs should seek out an adviser in the Global Programs office. Interdisciplinary programs are assigned to one of the School’s faculties as indicated.