University Studies - BA, Journalism Studies Concentration

University Studies - Journalism in the Department of Communication represents an interdisciplinary approach to journalism education, with an emphasis on writing-intensive courses that 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 complete two minors, substantially broadening the interdisciplinary aspects of journalism education.  Students who choose a minor in Communication, for example, may also choose to complete a certificate in one of six areas: Global Media, Social Media, Strategic Communication, Health Communication, Leadership & Conflict Management or Diversity & Social Justice.

Students with a degree in University Studies - Journalism will be prepared for a successful life and career in several ways. The coursework emphasizes 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 are 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 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—prepares them to be thoughtful consumers of information and encourages them to engage in learning throughout their lifetimes.

Students in University Studies-Journalism may work in political journalism, arts and entertainment journalism, sport journalism, magazine journalism, literary nonfiction or backpack journalism, to name a few.

A student enrolled in the University Studies concentration of Journalism may not pursue a double major or a double degree.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 3
JOUR 102 American Mass Media 3
Select one of the following: 3
Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences  
Finite Mathematics  
Topics in Contemporary Mathematics II  
Elementary Statistical Inference  
Creative arts 3
Government/Political science 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
JOUR 200 Mass Media Information 3
Select one of the following: 3
Mathematical Concepts—Calculus  
Business Calculus  
Engineering Mathematics I  
Introduction to Logic  
Communication 3
Government/Political science 3
Language, philosophy and culture 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
JOUR 203 Media Writing I 3
American history 3
Literature directed elective 3
Minor 1 3
Social and behavioral sciences 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
JOUR 200-499 3
Life and physical sciences 3
Literature directed elective 3
Minor 1 3
Minor 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall
JOUR 200-499 3
JOUR 300-499 3
Life and physical sciences 3
Minor 1 3
Minor 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
JOUR 484 Internship 3
American history 3
Life and physical sciences 3
Minor 1 3
Minor 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
JOUR 300-499 3
Language, philosophy and culture or creative arts 3
Minor 1 3
Minor 1 3
Minor 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
JOUR 490 Journalism as a Profession 3
Minor 1 3
Minor 1 3
General elective 3
General elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours120

Graduation requirements include 3 hours of International and Cultural Diversity courses and 3 hours of Cultural Discourse courses. A course satisfying a core category, a college/department requirement, or a free elective can be used to satisfy this requirement. The required 6 hours may be met by courses satisfying other areas of a degree program.  See your academic advisor for further information.