University Studies - BA, Journalism Studies Concentration
University Studies - Journalism in the College of Liberal Arts represents an interdisciplinary approach to journalism education, with an emphasis on writing-intensive courses (four would be required as part of the concentration) and electives from other disciplines that complement and support the critical thinking skills required of journalists in the 21st century. In addition to the concentration in journalism through the University Studies degree, students in the program are required to have a minor within the College of Liberal Arts and another outside the college, substantially broadening the interdisciplinary aspects of journalism education.
Students with a degree in University Studies - Journalism would be prepared for a successful life and career in several ways. Their coursework would emphasize critical thinking skills—a necessary component in the changing world of journalism that relies on writing for different types of media with frequent updates and differing audiences. They would be exposed to experiential learning through classes that require students to report and write on deadline and by the requirement for an internship in the field. They would develop and enhance strong writing skills by taking up to four writing-intensive courses. The very nature of journalism—constantly reporting and evaluating new information while examining new topics—would prepare them to be thoughtful consumers of information and encourage them to engage in learning throughout their lifetimes.
A student enrolled in the University Studies concentration of Journalism may not pursue a double major or a double degree.
|Code||Title||Semester Credit Hours|
|JOUR 200||Mass Media Information||3|
|JOUR 203||Media Writing I||3|
|JOUR 250/COMM 250||New Media and the Independent Voice||3|
|JOUR 490||Journalism as a Profession||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Media Writing II|
|Editing for the Mass Media|
|Arts & Entertainment Journalism|
|Special Topics in...|
|Select two of the following:||6|
|Women and Culture|
|Poverty, Inequality and Social Policy|
|Contemporary Economic Issues|
|Technical and Business Writing|
|American Society and Culture Since 1877|
|American Business History|
|College and University Requirements|
|ENGL 104||Composition and Rhetoric||3|
|Literature in English 1||6|
|Foreign language 2||6|
|Life and physical sciences||9|
|Language, philosophy and culture||3|
|Language, philosophy and culture or creative arts||3|
|Social and behavioral sciences||3|
|JOUR 102||American Mass Media||3|
|American history 3||6|
|POLS 206||American National Government||3|
|POLS 207||State and Local Government||3|
|International and cultural diversity 4|
|Minor 1 5||15-18|
|Minor 2 5||15-18|
|Total Semester Credit Hours||120|
Select from given list or courses for which one of the listed courses is a prerequisite.
A two-course sequence at the intermediate level (201 and 202).
One course may be in Texas history.
Course may be used to satisfy any other requirement.
One minor must be from outside the College of Liberal Arts.
Other courses may qualify. Consult the approved list of courses available from the undergraduate advisor in the Journalism Studies Program and from the Undergraduate Student Services Office in the College of Liberal Arts.