Journalism, B.A.

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The program course outline and graduation requirements for this catalog year are listed below. The department website provides an overview of the program, admission requirements (when applicable), faculty biographies, learning outcomes, and careers: 

120 Overall Credits Required


Liberal Education Program

Students must complete a comprehensive three-tiered Liberal Education Program (LEP). View all requirements of the tiers on the Liberal Education Program.  

While the choice of courses that fulfill the requirements is generally left up to students, courses in the major and/or cognate may also satisfy LEP requirements.  These shared courses are recommended below to fulfill both areas, although the course credits are only counted once towards the 120 credits required for graduation.

Tier 1 — Technological Fluency(select one):
JRN 135 - Digital Media Skills
JRN 170 - Basic Drone Technology

Tier 2 — American Experience:
JRN 101 - The Media: Freedom and Power

Tier 3 — Capstone:
JRN 490 - Capstone Seminar in Journalism

Writing Requirements (“W-Courses”)

Three W-courses are required. These may not be taken until after a student has passed ENG 112 — Writing Arguments. W-courses may count toward LEP, major, or cognate requirements, as well as free electives. Course sections that meet this requirement are designated by section numbers ending in “W”.

Transfer students who enter with 60 to 89 credits are required to pass two W-courses, while transfer students who enter with 90 credits or more must pass one W-course.


39 Credits Required

JRN 101 - The Media: Freedom and Power
JRN 135 - Digital Media Skills
     or JRN 170 - Basic Drone Technology
JRN 200 — Basics of Journalism
JRN 220 — Digital Reporting and Writing
JRN 227 — Audio and Video Storytelling
JRN 300 — News Writing
JRN 301 — The News Media in America
JRN 351 — Media Law and Ethics
JRN 490 - Capstone Seminar in Journalism

An additional 12 credits of JRN


12 Credits Required

Select 12 credits outside of JRN, 9 of which must be at or above the 300-level. Select one of two

  1. A sequence of three courses in one subject, plus one related course that may be in a different discipline.
  2. Three related skills courses, such as courses in graphics, photography, or computer science, and one additional course related to a career goal. 


Remaining credits to reach Overall Credits Required (listed above).