The new Journalism major involves the merging of the current print and broadcast sequences into a single (multimedia) Journalism stream that exposes students to, and provides them with, basic skills for operating on all journalistic “platforms,” e.g. print, broadcast and the Internet. It also provides an intensive grounding in the basic reporting and writing skills needed for all aspects of journalism. Woven through the curriculum is a strong focus on journalism ethics and responsibility, as well as on the important role journalism plays in a vibrant society.
The major is structured as a process that moves students from the initial broad exposure to the field of mass communication and the essentials of writing in the JMC core, to the development of journalistic writing and reporting skills.
To declare a major in Journalism, students must have completed 24 credit hours of university coursework, must have completed or be currently enrolled in ECLT 103, and must successfully complete a writing test.
Students who seek the Bachelor of Arts in Journalism are not permitted to have a major or a minor in Integrated Marketing Communication or Communication and Media Arts. Students must complete a minimum of 120 credits for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism.