Journalism, B.S.

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120 Overall Credits Required


Liberal Education Program

45 Credits Required

Students must complete a comprehensive three-tiered Liberal Education Program (LEP). View all requirements of the tiers on the Liberal Education Program. Any credits over 45 are counted toward free electives.

While the choice of courses that fulfill the requirements is generally left up to students, some departments require that students select specific courses to complement their major. This major has specific Tier requirements/restrictions for the following:

Tier 1 — Technological Fluency:
JRN 135 - Digital Media Skills

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.


36 Credits Required

JRN 200 — Basics of Journalism
JRN 201 — Reporting and Writing
JRN 225 — Multimedia Journalism
JRN 300 — News Writing
JRN 301 —The News Media in America
JRN 351 — Media Law and Ethics
JRN 497 — Journalism Internship (3 credits)

Select one course from:

  • JRN 210 — Broadcast News
  • JRN 270 — Introduction to Photojournalism

An additional 12 credits for JRN


12 Credits Required

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

  1. A sequence of 3 courses in one subject and one related course that may be in another discipline.

  2. Three related skills courses, such as courses in graphics, photography, or computer science, plus one course related to a career goal.


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