The Journalism program prepares students for careers in news and information media by providing them with a sound education in the basics of gathering information and preparing it for an audience that will access their work across multiple platforms. The program includes instruction in news writing and gathering; editing; reporting; photojournalism; journalism law and policy; and professional standards and ethics.
Students in the department are required to take a common core of 12 credit hours of courses and complete them with at least a "C" grade in each course. Students submit a portfolio for review in JMP 2435 and are required to earn at least a "B-" to proceed in the major.
Students then take increasingly specialized course work in newsgathering, content delivery and storytelling that combines words and images. This component in the major accounts for 19 credit hours. Within that 19 credit hours, students are required to take one of either JMP 2400, JMP 2420 or JMP 2800.
Students complete the major with nine credit hours of electives, at least three credit hours of which must be upper division course work. The electives include any JMP course, plus HSP 3220 and/or PSC 2030. The total for the major is 40 credit hours.
A grade of "C" or better is required for each course in this program to count toward the bachelor's degree. Students should note that programs differ in the minimum grade required.