2017-2018 Catalog 
    Apr 21, 2018  
2017-2018 Catalog

Journalism Major

Associate Professor Paul E. Kostyu
Instructor T.C. Brown
Media Adviser Jo Ingles

Most journalism majors go into news work on newspapers or the news staffs of television and radio stations. Some choose public relations or advertising with agencies or corporations. Magazines and publishing attract others. Over the years, some have found the major useful preparation for law school. A few have gone into teaching at the high school or college level. Because journalism must prepare “generalists,” its emphasis on good writing prepares graduates for an unusually wide array of careers.

Learning Objectives

Journalism Students will:

  • Develop and improve their interpersonal skills;
  • Develop and improve their interviewing skills, including designing and asking questions;
  • Explore ethical dilemmas, including personal biases and conflicts of interest, in the pursuit of objectivity and fairness;
  • Develop and refine their news judgment based on the collection of facts;
  • Understand the First Amendment and its applicability to their personal and professional lives;
  • Develop and refine their publication design skills;
  • Learn Associated Press style.

Major Requirements

Complete 12 units as follows:

Journalism Elective (1.0 unit)

  • Complete an additional unit of Journalism courses

Journalism Internship (0.5 to 1.0 units)

(Internship requirement must be completed by the end of the student’s first semester as a senior.)

Supporting Course Work in Other Departments (3 credits)

A Unified Concentration of Course Work (5 units)

The department recommends but does not require students to take a unified concentration of course work. Taking such courses either as 5 units, a minor or a second major allows the student to specialize in another area of interest that could be beneficial for a career. (This course work can be used to satisfy other degree requirements.)

  • An approved major
  • An approved minor
  • 5.0 units of coursework outside of journalism chosen in consultation with the Chair by the end of the first semester of junior year.

Limitations on Course Credit

  • All majors must meet the regular University distribution requirements. Courses required for the major may also be used to satisfy those distribution requirements.
  • No required courses for the major may be taken credit/no entry.
  • Although more than 13 units within the journalism program may be taken, only 13 units may be counted toward graduation.
  • A maximum of 1.5 units in JOUR 378  and JOUR 379  may count toward graduation, although more units may be taken.