BJ in Journalism

Degree Program Description

Students can focus on journalism or strategic communication. Journalism is the study of gathering, assessing, creating, and presenting of news and information through various mediums. Strategic communication involves learning the principles and practice of all communication designed to create a desired response from a given audience in advertising, public relations, digital and social media.

Students will develop a solid foundation in the liberal arts and sciences while achieving competency in journalism or strategic communication. For this degree program, students must choose an emphasis area.  Refer to the degree program descriptions for the emphasis areas for more details.

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Major Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Journalism degree requires 120 credits.

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

  • Complete all Pre-Interest area requirements
  • Be admitted to an interest area within the school
  • Complete all interest area requirements
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 for all work taken while in the School of Journalism and a GPA of at least 2.0 for all Journalism courses
  • Complete all University graduation requirements, including University General Education requirements

Major Core Requirements

Required Courses:19
JOURN 1010Career Explorations in Journalism1
JOURN 1100Principles of American Journalism3
JOURN 2000Cross-Cultural Journalism3
JOURN 2100News3
JOURN 2150Fundamentals of Multimedia Journalism3
JOURN 4000Communications Law3
JOURN 4568History of Photojournalism3
or JOURN 3000 History of American Journalism
Pre-Interest Area General Education requirements47
Journalism interest area requirements25
Upper Level Non-Journalism Electives from the areas below:29
(Must be numbered 3000 or above or General Honors courses numbered 2000H or above)
Area 13
Students choose from one of these areas: Anthropology, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, 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: 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.
An exception to the 3000 and 4000 level rule includes HIST 2004.
(Students in Strategic Communication must complete MRKTNG 3000)
Area 36
Students choose from the following areas: Architectural Studies, all Art prefixes, 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 or Theatre.
Honor’s College students can also choose from: GN_HON 2015H, GN_HON 2111H, GN_HON 2112H, GN_HON 2113H, GN_HON 2114H, GN_HON 2117H, GN_HON 2120H, GN_HON 3112H, GN_HON 3113H, GN_HON 3120H
An exception to the 3000 and 4000 level rule includes:
Perceiving Musical Traditions and Styles
Context and Culture
Area 414
Non-Journalism courses.
(Students in Strategic Communications must complete three hours of Marketing courses in addition to MRKTNG 3000.)

Flexible Credits

Students can take up to 4 additional credits of journalism (JOURN) electives and apply them to requirements in Area 4.

General Electives

Electives 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.

International Journalism Interest Area

The next generation of journalism students must be equipped to work in a global environment. This interest area is designed to capitalize on Missouri's international reputation and its international resources by placing under one umbrella the school's existing Study Abroad opportunities, its internationally focused media and multimedia projects with global partners. Students in this interest area may take courses within any of the existing or prospective areas to complement their international interests. This degree is granted in the student's emphasis area of choice (Convergence Journalism, Magazine Journalism, Photojournalism, Print and Digital News or Radio-TV Journalism) but is administered by the School's Global Programs OfficeInterest Areas do not appear on Transcripts or Diplomas.  Emphasis areas appear only on transcripts.

International Journalism Interest Area Required Journalism Classes
Select one of these:3
JOURN 4662Global News Across Platforms3
JOURN 4650International Issues and the Media3
JOURN 4656International News Media Systems3
JOURN 4658International Journalism3
Select one of these:
JOURN 4308Broadcast News III3
JOURN 4450News Reporting3
JOURN 4556Fundamentals of Photojournalism3
JOURN 4804Convergence Reporting3
Capstone determined by interest area track:3
Journalism Study Abroad6
It is recommended that the student study abroad in the second semester of their junior year or the first semester of their senior year
Required Journalism Electives vary by specific interest area track

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Semester Plan

First Year
ENGLSH 10003Literature3
Foreign Language I4Humanities 3
HIST 1100 or 12003Foreign Language II4
Behavioral Science 3JOURN 11003
JOURN 10101MATH 1100 or 10503
 14 16
Second Year
Foreign Language III4JOURN 21003
STAT 12003ECONOM 10005
Non-Lab Science3Lab Science 4
JOURN 21503POL_SC 1100 or 21003
JOURN 20003 
 16 15
Total Credits: 61

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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 would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success 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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