The School of Journalism and Mass Communication offers a Bachelor’s of Science degree in journalism as well as a minor in journalism. Journalism majors take a variety of courses designed to provide core skills necessary for the field as well as courses designed to meet individualized interests.
All mass communication majors and journalism minors are required to take MC1313: Media Writing, which teaches basic media writing with a focus on digital skills. Students also take five required courses in the major and then may select four to five additional courses to explore various specialties and interests. Students may select a concentration, which requires 9 hours of specialized study, in either Digital Media or Multimedia Production.
Students who elect not to pursue a concentration are free to select courses from across the mass communication curriculum to build a portfolio catering to individualized interests. Students are encouraged to explore individual courses in digital media, visual journalism, various writing genres, public relations, advertising or international communications.
Faculty in the journalism sequence bring a blend of professional and academic experience to the classroom. Working journalists serve as part-time faculty to maintain a connection to the profession.
For more information about the journalism major or minor, contact:
Kym Fox, associate professor of practice and journalism sequence coordinator
Old Main 202A
- MC 3321-News Writing and Reporting I
- MC 3383-Editing for Clear Communication
- MC 4321-News Writing and Reporting II
- MC 4323-Multimedia Journalism
- MC 4386-Journalism Project - senior capstone course for journalism majors
Students must also take:
12 advanced hours (4 courses) in any area of Mass Communication
1 hour from: MC 2111-Media Practicum, MC 4130-Internship, MC1100A-Careers in Media, MC 1100B-Grammar for Journalists or MC 1100C-Seminar in Sports Broadcasting
Total: 40 hours (12+15+12+1)
Concentrations focus on specific areas and provide skillsets designed to serve today’s evolving journalism profession. Students who elect a concentration apply the 9-hour concentration toward the 12 hours of advanced mass communication electives required of the B.S. degree.
Digital Media concentration (9 hours)
Required course: MC 4315-Web Design and Publishing
Choose two courses from: MC 1100D-Digital Entrepreneurship, MC 1100E-Digital Media Tools and Skills, MC 1100F-Digital Media Innovation Concepts, MC 3390-Media Design, 4323-Multimedia Journalism, 4324-Visual Storytelling, 4325-Coding and Digital Skills for Communicators, MC4326-Advanced Social Media and Analytics
Multimedia Production concentration (9 hours)
Required course: MC 3319-Visual Communication
Choose two courses from: MC 3311-Video Production, 3312-Television News, 3390-Media Design, 4312-Photojournalism, 4324-Visual Storytelling
Sports Media concentration (9 hours)
Required course: MC 4329-Sports Media
Choose two courses from: MC 4312-Photojournalism, MC 4324-Visual Storytelling, MC 4330-Internship, MC 4331-Strategic Sports Communication, MC 4357-Sports as News
For a full list of courses and requirements for our Journalism program, view the Course Catalog for:
- Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Major in Journalism and Mass Communication - 120 semester hours
- Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Major in Journalism and Mass Communication (Digital Media Concentration) - 120 semester hours
- Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Major in Journalism and Mass Communication (Multimedia Production Concentration) - 120 semester hours
- Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Major in Journalism and Mass Communication (Sports Media Concentration) - 120 semester hours
- Minor in Journalism - 18 semester hours
Internships & Campus Media
Journalism majors are encouraged to seek internships but are not required to do so. The school’s internship coordinator maintains relationships with employers offering internships and provides guidance in seeking internships.
Campus media outlets also provide valuable practical experience. Students may work at campus media outlets The University Star and KTSW-FM 89.9 radio on a volunteer basis, for course credit or as a student media employee.