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.


1. Common Core (25 credits)

Students must take JRN 200, 235, 255, 336, 237, 383, 384, 412 and three credits from the following: JRN 370, 400, 410, 420

JRN 200Introduction to Journalism (prereq. ENG 110)
3
JRN 235News Writing and Reporting I3
 (To be taken concurrently with JRN 255) 
JRN 255Multimedia Journalism3
 (To be taken concurrently with JRN 235) 
JRN 237Introduction to the Profession1
 (preferably taken concurrently with JRN 235 or 336) 
JRN 336News Writing and Reporting II3
JRN 383Responsibilitiesof Journalism3
JRN 384Journalism History3
JRN 412Editing3

 One of the following:

JRN 370Today's News in Context3
JRN 400Journalism Theory3
JRN 410Public Opinion3
JRN 420Political Economy and Media3

 

2. Two Sequences: Print and Broadcast, 15 credits each.

Print sequence: 15 credits

a. Required: Two courses from the following:

JRN 371Reporting Cultural Diversity3
JRN 380Feature Writing3
JRN 381Editorial Writing3
JRN 416Magazine Writing3
ENG 382Travel Writing3
JRN 418Studies in Journalism3

(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 that is 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: 15 credits

a. Required:

COMM 227Digital Film and Television Production I
3
JRN 340Introduction to Broadcast News3
JRN 440TV News Practicum3

 

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

COMM 231Communication Technologies3
COMM 335Communication Management3
COMM 420
Principles of Digital Photography for Convergent Media3
COMM 428
Digital Film and Television Production III3
COMM 480
Television Documentary Production3
COMM 495
Special Topics in Communication3
JRN 495
Internship3

 

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

Courses that count toward the major:

Journalism (JRN) courses: 200, 235,255, 336, 237, 340, 370, 371, 380, 381, 383, 384, 385, 400, 410, 412, 416, 418, 420,440, 450, 490, 491, 495

Communication (COMM): 230, 231, 255, 330, 335, 420, 427, 428, 480, 495

English (ENG): 382

 

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