BS in Science and Agricultural Journalism
Degree Program Description
Science and Agricultural Journalism involves communicating about agriculture, the life sciences, the environment, food, natural resources, and medical and agricultural biotechnology. This degree prepares students to succeed in a wide variety of careers in science and agricultural journalism, advertising and public relations, by combining the strengths of the MU School of Journalism and the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR). The program allows students to pick one of five tracks, Agricultural Marketing, Agricultural Science, Conservation and Environment, Food and Wine, Science. In addition, students can focus on one of 30 interest areas in the School of Journalism, or pick courses from any combination. Interest areas include: Print and Digital News, Radio and Television Journalism, Magazine Journalism, Strategic Communications (advertising and public relations), Photojournalism, Convergence Journalism (multimedia). Possible careers with a degree in Science and Agricultural Journalism: Online/multimedia editors and reporters use their skills to tell stories using the richness of text, audio, photography, video and animation. Public relations specialists work in agencies, corporate communications, educational institutions, commodity groups and nonprofit agencies. Photojournalists use the power of visual media to communicate about agriculture, technological advances, people, social issues and natural disasters. Social media specialists know how to use new communication tools such as Facebook, Twitter and blogs to communicate directly to individuals. Science/environment writers take the complex topics the world faces today (global warming, food security, sustainable living, energy creation) and use their reporting skills to present unbiased information for the general public in a variety of media outlets.
Major Program Requirements
Students earning a Bachelor of Science in Science and Agricultural Journalism are required to complete all University general education, University undergraduate requirements, degree and major requirements including selected foundational courses, which may fulfill some University general education requirements. In addition, all students must complete 42 hours of Journalism coursework, 6 hours of Science and Agricultural Journalism courses, and 18 hours in one of the Science and Agricultural Journalism tracks (Agricultural Marketing, Agricultural Science, Conservation and Environment, Food and Wine, and Science). In addition, internship experience is strongly encouraged. A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for a B.S. in Science and Agricultural Journalism. Students must meet all GPA requirements for Journalism courses.
|AG_EC 1041||Applied Microeconomics||3|
|or ECONOM 1014||Principles of Microeconomics|
|AG_EC 1042||Applied Macroeconomics||3|
|or ECONOM 1015||Principles of Macroeconomics|
|Some courses may require the following courses. Please work with your advisor to be sure you are enrolling the appropriate Biological and Physical Science courses.|
|Atoms and Molecules with Lab|
|General Principles and Concepts of Biology|
and General Biology Laboratory
|Major core requirements||66|
|JOURN 1100||Principles of American Journalism||3|
|JOURN 2000||Cross-Cultural Journalism||3|
|JOURN 2150||Fundamentals of Multimedia Journalism||3|
|JOURN 4000||Communications Law||3|
|JOURN 4200||Principles of Strategic Communication||3|
|JOURN 4400||Introduction to News Editing||2|
|JOURN 4406||News Editing||3|
|or JOURN 4408||Magazine Editing|
|JOURN 4450||News Reporting||3|
|Science and Agricultural Journalism|
|SCI_AG_J 1160||Introduction to Science and Agricultural Journalism||3|
|SCI_AG_J 4970||Agriculture and the Media Senior Seminar Capstone||3|
|or SCI_AG_J 4414||Field Reporting on the Food System and Environment|
|or SCI_AG_J 4940||Internships in Science and Agricultural Journalism|
|Science and Agricultural Journalism Tracks||18|
|(Note: Tracks are not listed on transcripts or diplomas.)|
Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester. Your actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available. The plan shown is for a student completing the magazine writing interest area and the conservation/environment track.
|SCI_AG_J 1160||3||AG_EC 1042||3||MATH 1100||3|
|BIO_SC 1010||3||BIO_SC 1020||2|
|NAT_R 1070||3||COMMUN 1200||3|
|ENGLSH 1000||3||JOURN 1100||3|
|AG_EC 1041||3||HIST 1200||3|
|JOURN 2150||3||AG_EC 2223||3||CHEM 1100||3|
|JOURN 2000||3||AG_EC 2070||3|
|SCI_AG_J 3240||3||JOURN 2100||3|
|AG_ED_LD 2220||3||SCI_AG_J 3210||3|
|ENV_SC 1100||3||ESC_PS 4170||3|
|JOURN 4450||3||JOURN 4550||3||JOURN 4940||2|
|JOURN 4506||3||SCI_AG_J 4415||3|
|ATM_SC 3600||3||SCI_AG_J 4480||3|
|JOURN 4000||3||ENV_SC 3330||3|
|AN_SCI 2110||2||SCI_AG_J 4970||3|
|JOURN 4408||3||PLNT_S 2110||3|
|JOURN 4464||3||JOURN 4984||3|
|RU_SOC 1120||3||JOURN 4510||3|
|SCI_AG_J 4414||3||RU_SOC 4370||3|
|Total Credits: 120|
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