Pre-Interest Area Requirements

Pre-Interest Area Requirements

Understanding the Undergraduate Curriculum

To earn the Bachelor of Journalism degree, students will complete pre-interest area course work during the first two years and interest area course work during their final two years. The pre-interest area course work is largely from the liberal arts and sciences, with a portion of journalism courses to build a solid foundation for interest area requirements.

Pre-Interest Area Curriculum (60 Credits)

Students must complete 60 credits of coursework, including 47 credits of general education and 13 credits in journalism. Students must earn a 3.0 UM system GPA before being admitted to an interest area. Students below a 3.0 UM GPA may appeal to a faculty committee for admission.

General Education

English Composition (3 Credits)
ENGLSH 1000 Exposition and Argumentation

  • 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 administered on the MU campus.
  • Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate test credit with the appropriate score will satisfy this requirement.

College Algebra (3 Credits)
MATH 1100 College Algebra

  • A C-range grade or better is required. Students are exempt from College Algebra if they scored a 28 or higher on the math component of the ACT or a 640 on the math component of the SAT.

Foreign Language (12-13 Credits)

  • Must be in one 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 levels 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.
  • If a student has four or more levels 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 additional courses 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.
  • Students who declare their intention to pursue journalism during their first academic year at MU must complete their foreign language requirement before beginning their interest area requirements. Transfer students have the option of taking their final foreign language course requirement during the first semester in their interest area. Students beginning at MU who declare their intention to major in journalism after their first academic year are also eligible for this exception.

Biological, Mathematical, Physical Science (9 Credits)

  • Statistics (3 Credits) is required. STAT 1200 Introductory Statistical Reasoning 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.
  • Prerequisite: MATH 1100 College Algebra with a C-range grade or better or an exemption from College Algebra credit. To ensure that the class is MRP certified, students should avoid taking this course elsewhere.
  • Additional courses (6 Credits) Courses approved by CUE as a Biological, Physical or Mathematical Science counts toward this requirement. Class attributes in myZou will state: Biological Science, Physical Science or Mathematical Science.
  • A laboratory science is required.

Social and Behavioral Science (14 Credits)

  • One American History course 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)
  • One Political Science course 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)
  • One Economics option 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.
  • One Behavioral Science course (3 Credits)
  • Any course approved by CUE as a Behavioral Science counts toward this requirement. Class attributes in myZou will state: Behavioral Science.
  • Additional choices include:
    • 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
    • Any course from Sociology.

Humanities (6 Credits)

  • Any course approved by CUE as a Humanities course counts toward this requirement. Class attributes in MyZou will state: Meets Humanities Requirement.
  • Literature (3 Credits). Courses that fulfill the Literature requirement are usually from the English department. Other areas offering literature courses include black studies and several foreign language departments. Prohibited courses include teaching methods, creative writing, linguistics and children’s literature courses.

Journalism Requirements

Credits Required: 13

  • JOURN 1010 Career Explorations in Journalism (1 Credit). Should be taken the first semester on campus. Graded S/U. This course is required for students admitted to the School of Journalism fall semester 2013 or later.
  • 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.
  • 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.

*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.