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.
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
|JOURN 1010||Career Explorations in Journalism||1|
|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 4568||History of Photojournalism||3|
|or JOURN 3000||History of American Journalism|
|Pre-Interest Area General Education requirements||47|
|Journalism interest area requirements||25|
|Upper Level Non-Journalism Electives from the areas below:||29|
|(Must be numbered 3000 or above or General Honors courses numbered 2000H or above)|
Students choose from one of these areas: Anthropology, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Rural Sociology, Sociology or Statistics.
Students choose from the following areas: Black Studies, Economics, Geography, History, Peace Studies, Political Science, and Women's and Gender Studies.
An exception to the 3000 and 4000 level rule includes HIST 2004.
(Students in Strategic Communication must complete MRKTNG 3000)
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.
An exception to the 3000 and 4000 level rule includes:
|Perceiving Musical Traditions and Styles|
|Context and Culture|
(Students in Strategic Communications must complete three hours of Marketing courses in addition to MRKTNG 3000.)
Some courses are prohibited for the bachelor of journalism. See the list of course exceptions for more information. Students should consult with their assigned academic advisor if they have questions regarding courses in these areas.
Students can take up to 4 additional credits of journalism (JOURN) electives and apply them to requirements in Area 4.
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 Office. Interest 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 4662||Global News Across Platforms||3|
|JOURN 4650||International Issues and the Media||3|
|JOURN 4656||International News Media Systems||3|
|JOURN 4658||International Journalism||3|
|Select one of these:|
|JOURN 4308||Broadcast News III||3|
|JOURN 4450||News Reporting||3|
|JOURN 4556||Fundamentals of Photojournalism||3|
|JOURN 4804||Convergence Reporting||3|
|Capstone determined by interest area track:||3|
|Journalism Study Abroad||6|
|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|
|Foreign Language I||4||Humanities||3|
|HIST 1100 or 1200||3||Foreign Language II||4|
|Behavioral Science||3||JOURN 1100||3|
|JOURN 1010||1||MATH 1100 or 1050||3|
|Foreign Language III||4||JOURN 2100||3|
|STAT 1200||3||ECONOM 1000||5|
|Non-Lab Science||3||Lab Science||4|
|JOURN 2150||3||POL_SC 1100 or 2100||3|
|Total Credits: 61|
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Major and Career Exploration
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- If you are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in Academic Exploration and Advising Services (AEAS) by calling (573)884-9700.
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