Major in Journalism, BA (40 credits)

The BA in Journalism is a 40-credit program that prepares students for entry into journalism and related fields where information-gathering, writing, editing, and awareness of public affairs are important. Students choose one of two tracks, print or broadcast, but all students receive training in multimedia reporting. All students must declare a minor in Arts and Sciences, excluding Communication. Resources such as the Robert Vance Endowed Chair in Journalism and Mass Communication allow the program to bring in visiting professionals on a regular basis to supplement the curriculum. A PORTFOLIO IS REQUIRED. For more information, contact Dr.Vivian B. Martin, program coordinator, 832-2776, martinv@ccsu.edu.

Plan of Study

Journalism (JRN) courses:

200, 235, 237, 336, 370, 371, 380, 381, 383, 384, 385, 400, 410, 412, 416, 418, 420, 490, 491, 495

Communication (COMM):

230, 231, 255, 330, 335, 420, 427, 428, 480, 495

English (ENG):

382

1. Common Core (22 credits)

Students must take JRN 200, 235, 236, 237, 383, 384, 412, and three credits from the following: JRN 370, 400, 410, 420.

JRN 200: Introduction to Journalism (Prereq. ENG 110) 3 credits

JRN 235: News Writing and Reporting I 3 credits

JRN 237: Introduction to the Profession 1 credit (preferably taken concurrently with JRN 235 or 236)

JRN 336: Journalism II 3 credits

JRN 383: Responsibilities of Journalism 3 credits

JRN 384: Journalism History 3 credits

JRN 412: Editing 3 credits

One of the following:

JRN 370: Today’s News in Context

JRN 400: Journalism Theory

JRN 410 : Public Opinion

JRN 420: Political Economy and Media

 

2. Two Sequences: Print and Broadcast, 18 credits each.

Print sequence: 18 credits

a. Required: JRN 385: Web Journalism, and two courses from the following:

JRN 371: Reporting Cultural Diversity

JRN 380: Feature Writing

JRN 381: Editorial Writing

JRN 416: Magazine Writing

ENG 382: Travel Writing

JRN 418: Studies in Journalism (students may take 418 twice provided the courses are on different topics)

b. Nine credits of directed electives chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor. These electives may include courses in Journalism not used to fulfill other requirements, including JRN 491(Campus Newspaper Critique) and JRN 495 (Internship), or courses in other departments and schools at CCSU. Three of the nine credits must be in a visual medium in or related to journalism (video, photojournalism, design). Students are encouraged to choose courses that will allow them to build an area of expertise that will help their future work in journalism and related media fields.

Broadcast sequence: 18 credits

a. Required:

JRN 340: Introduction to Broadcast News

COMM 330: Digital Film and Television Production I

COMM 427: Digital Film and Television Production II

COMM 230: Introduction to Mass Media

Or

COMM 255: Visual Communication

b. Nine credits of directed electives chosen in consultant with a faculty advisor. Students may choose three courses from those listed below or, with approval of an advisor, select other courses from Journalism, Communication, or other CCSU departments.

COMM 231: Communication Technologies

COMM 335: Communication Management

COMM 420: Principles of Digital Photography for Convergent Media

COMM 428: Digital Film and Television Production III

COMM 480: Television Documentary Production

COMM 495: Special Topics in Communication

JRN 495: Internship


Journalism Major- General Education Requirements

All majors:

1. HIST 161: American History to 1877

Or

HIST 162: American History 1877 -

2. STAT 104: Elementary Statistics

Or

STAT 215: Statistics for Behavioral Sciences I

3. PS 110: American Government

Or

PS 230 : State and Local Government


All Majors:

4. Diversity requirement. Students can meet this requirement in one of a few ways.

a. Select one of the following:

ANTH 200 Dimensions of Diversity and Inequality

Or

SOC 212: Race, Class, and Gender

Or

HIST 319: Race, Ethnicity and Migration in the US

Or

HIST 369: African American History

Or

IS 226 Intercultural Sensitivity.

b. Choose a more advanced course in consultation with an adviser

c. Take JRN 371: Reporting Cultural Diversity.

5. COMM 230 is a recommended Gen Ed elective for all JRN majors (also counts towards broadcast sequence)

Broadcast Sequence

COMM 140: Public Speaking

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