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.

JOUR 200Mass Media Information3
JOUR 203Media Writing I3
JOUR 250/COMM 250New Media and the Independent Voice3
JOUR 484Internship3
JOUR 490Journalism as a Profession3
Select one of the following:3
Media Writing II
Editing for the Mass Media
Political Reporting
Arts & Entertainment Journalism
Literary Nonfiction
Directed Studies
Special Topics in...
Select two of the following:6
Women and Culture
Poverty, Inequality and Social Policy
Contemporary Economic Issues
Technical and Business Writing
Inter-American Relations
American Society and Culture Since 1877
American Business History
Social Psychology
College and University Requirements
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric3
Literature in English 16
Foreign language 26
Life and physical sciences9
Language, philosophy and culture3
Creative arts3
Language, philosophy and culture or creative arts3
Social and behavioral sciences3
JOUR 102American Mass Media3
American history 36
POLS 206American National Government3
POLS 207State and Local Government3
International and cultural diversity 4
Minor 1 515-18
Minor 2 515-18
Free electives0-6
Total Semester Credit Hours120

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.