Program Details
Public Relations and Journalism

Bachelor of Science Degree • School of Business and Justice Studies

Journalism Major

Program Details

The journalism studies program recognizes the need for contemporary journalists to have strong professional skills along with a solid background in the liberal arts and sciences. The major provides the core of courses essential for today’s print and broadcast newswriter, as well as a wide selection of courses that address the changing needs and issues within the field of journalism. The major requires hands-on experience through internships as well as by working on the campus newspaper or radio station.

Total credit hours required for degree: 120
Total credit hours required for the major (of which at least half must be at the 300 level or above): 45

(See also General Education Core)
Course Credit Hours Year Taken
Core 34-55  
Major Course Requirements
Journalism Studies 181 Introduction to Mass Communication 3 1
Journalism Studies 259 Broadcast News Writing 3 1,2
Journalism Studies 261 Newswriting 3 1,2
Journalism Studies 262 Reporting 3 2
Journalism Studies 364 Editing 3 3,4
Journalism Studies 365 Publication Design 3 2,3,4

One from:
Journalism Studies 362 Reporting of Public Affairs    
Journalism Studies 371 Advanced Reporting Techniques 3 2,3

One from:
Journalism Studies 467 Communications Law    
Journalism Studies 401 Media Ethics 3 3,4
Major Electives
In consultation with your adviser, select six additional credits from journalism studies. These courses must be different from the courses selected to fulfill a concentration.
Students must take at least 15 hours of study above the 100 level in an area of concentration. Students interested in a broadcast journalism concentration must take the designated courses. Students desiring to use public relations for concentration should take the public relations-journalism dual major. Students may elect to fulfill this concentration with courses from any discipline or combination of disciplines outside of journalism or public relations in consultation with their adviser, and with the approval of the program director or coordinator. (Transfer students should consult with their adviser regarding fulfillment of concentration with transferred courses.)
Concentration in Broadcast Journalism
Journalism Studies 241 Television Sportscast 3 1,2
Journalism Studies 276 TV News Field Reporting and Production I 3 2
Journalism Studies 378 TV News Field Reporting and Production II 3 2,3
Select one from:
Communication Arts 261 Broadcasting and the Public Interest    
Communication Arts 368 Broadcast News and Society 3 2,3
Select one from:
Communication Arts 235 Introduction to Oral Interpretation    
Communication Arts 303 Public Speaking II 3 2,3
Concentration in Sports Journalism
Journalism Studies 241 Television Sportscast 3 2,3
Journalism Studies 374 Sports Writing 3 3,4
Public Relations 285 Sports and the Media 3 2,3
Public Relations 454 The Business of Sports 3 3,4
Select one from:
Journalism Studies 336 Magazine Article Writing  3 3,4
Public Relations 433 The Olympics  3 3,4
Public Relations 435 Sports and Television  3 3,4
Public Relations 300 Topics in Sports Communication  3 3,4
The student must complete sufficient elective courses to earn at least the minimum credit hours required for this degree, and at least 60 credit hours of the 120 required must be in the liberal arts and sciences.

* Students wishing information about the journalism studies retention policy should consult with their academic adviser.


David M. Chanatry, M.S.
Department Chair
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