BJ in Journalism

Degree Program Description

Journalism is the study and practice of analyzing, gathering, creating and presenting news and information through different media.

The curriculum includes focused study and hands-on experience within the career paths of broadcasting, cross-platform editing and producing, photojournalism and documentary journalism, reporting and writing, and social and audience strategy.

Students customize their degree through elective courses that allow them to gain depth and breadth in a wide array of subject areas and specializations. Upon graduation, students pursue careers in a wide range of journalism and communication professions including: account management, art direction, audience engagement, audience development, audience research, business journalism, data analysis and visualization, digital content editing, digital strategy, documentary editing and producing, international journalism, investigative reporting, media planning, media production, magazine editing, mobile production, multimedia editing, news editing, photo editing, photography, podcasting, public relations, project management, product management, science communication, SEO strategy, social media producing, sports reporting, sports and entertainment promotion, strategic communication, television news reporting or production, television sports reporting or production, radio reporting and production, videography, website editing and writing.

Major Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Journalism degree requires 120 credits. The faculty expects each student to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be considered in good standing.

To obtain the Bachelor of Journalism degree, a student must complete the following:

ENGLSH 1000Writing and Rhetoric (Minimum grade of B- required)3
Foreign Languages (from same language)12
General Education: Behavioral Science3
General Education: Math/Science9
Must include 9 credits in these sciences: biological science, physical science, and/or mathematical science including at least one biological or physical science and its related laboratory component and representing two different areas of science. If taking math courses to satisfy this requirement, they Must be courses in mathematics or statistics with any one of MATH 1050: Quantitative Reasoning, MATH 1100: College Algebra, MATH 1160: Precalculus Mathematics, or STAT 1200: Introductory Statistical Reasoning as a prerequisite.
Math and Quantitative Reasoning 3
ECONOM 1000General Economics for Journalists ^5
HIST 1100/1200Survey of American History to 1865 ^3
POL_SC 1100/2100American Government3
Journalism Core Requirements
JOURN 1100Principles of Journalism in Democracy3
JOURN 1200Fundamentals of Visual Journalism and Strategic Communication3
JOURN 1300Fundamentals of Written Journalism and Strategic Communication3
JOURN 1400Applied Projects for Journalism and Strategic Communication3
JOURN 2000Cross-Cultural Journalism3
JOURN 2200 Audiences and Persuasion2
JOURN 3000History of American Journalism3
or JOURN 4568W History of Photojournalism - Writing Intensive
JOURN 4000Communications Law3
JOURN 4160 Social Media1
JOURN 4180 Newsroom Content Creation3
Career Path (minimum of two courses from one area required)6
Cross-Platform Editing and Producing JOURN 4830 & JOURN 4832
Photojournalism and Documentary JOURN 4540 & JOURN 4560
Reporting and Writing JOURN 4450 & JOURN 4490
Social and Audience Strategy JOURN 4820 & JOURN 4824
Specialty Areas (may choose from several)*15
Accelerated Graduate Program, Account Management, Art Direction, Arts and Culture Journalism, Audience Experience, Broadcast Radio News, Broadcast TV News, Business Journalism, Copywriting, Design, Digital Strategy, Documentary Journalism, Editing, Government Journalism, Innovation and Technology, International Journalism, Investigative and Data Journalism, Magazine Writing, Media Planning, Novak Leadership, Photojournalism Stills and Video, Podcasting, Public Relations, Print and Digital Reporting, Science, Health, and Environment, Social Leadership, Sports and Entertainment Promotion, Sports Journalism, Strategic Communication Research, Strategic Communication Visual Storytelling, Visual Editing and Management
Non-Journalism Electives from the areas below:28
(Must be numbered 2000 or above)
Area 13
Students choose from one of these areas: Animal Science, Anthropology, Astronomy, Atmospheric Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Food Science, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Plant Science, Psychology, Rural Sociology, Sociology or Statistics.
Honor’s College students can also choose from: GN_HON 2243H, GN_HON 2310H, GN_HON 2430H, GN_HON 2244H, GN_HON 2450H, GN_HON 2461H, GN_HON 2462H, GN_HON 3210H, GN_HON 3241H, GN_HON 3242H, GN_HON 3450H.
Area 26
Students choose from the following areas: Agribusiness Management, Black Studies, Economics, Geography, History, Peace Studies, Political Science, and Women's and Gender Studies.
Honor’s College students can also choose from: GN_HON 2230H, GN_HON 2245H, GN_HON 2246H, GN_HON 3230H.
Area 36
Students choose from the following areas: Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Arabic, Architectural Studies, all Art prefixes, Chinese, Classical Humanities, Classics, Communication**, English**, Film Studies**, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, all Music prefixes, Philosophy, Portuguese, Religious Studies, Russian, South Asia Studies, Spanish, Theater, and Visual Studies-Art History
Area 410
Any non-journalism course**

General Electives

Electives may be necessary to complete a minimum of 72 credits of non-journalism classes and 120 total credits. Any course acceptable to the School of Journalism is allowed.

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Semester Plan

The following four-year plan is a sample. A student's path to graduation may vary based on a host of factors. Working with an academic advisor is necessary to determine the best plan for each student.

First Year
ENGLSH 10003Foreign Language II4
Foreign Language I4HIST 1100 or 12003
Math and Quantitative Reasoning 3Science3
JOURN 12003JOURN 11003
JOURN 13003JOURN 14003
 16 16
Second Year
Foreign Language III4ECONOM 10005
Humanities3JOURN 20003
Behavioral Science3Lab Science 3
JOURN 22002JOURN 41803
JOURN 41601 
Non-Lab Science3 
 16 14
Third Year
JOURN 3000 or 4568W3JOURN 40003
Journalism Specialty3Journalism Specialty3
POL_SC 11003Career Path Course II3
Career Path Course I3 
 15 15
Fourth Year
Journalism Specialty6Capstone3
Non-Journalism9Journalism Specialty3
 15 16
Total Credits: 123

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Degree Audit

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Discovery Center by calling (573)884-9700 or through MU Connect Discovery Center service in you success network.

  • If you have decided on a major, visit an academic advisor in the School or College that you are interested in to discuss the process of declaring the major

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center.  No Appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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