Journalism, B.A.

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This program is offered by the Journalism Department

Program Curriculum

A minor is required with this major.

The BA in Journalism is a 40-credit program that prepares students for entry into journalism and related fields where information-gathering, writing, editing, and awareness of public affairs are important. Students choose one of two tracks, print or broadcast, but all students receive training in multimedia reporting. Resources such as the Robert Vance Endowed Chair in Journalism and Mass Communication allow the program to bring in visiting professionals on a regular basis to supplement the curriculum. A PORTFOLIO IS REQUIRED.

Requirements: (40 credits)

2. Three Sequences: Print/Digital, Broadcast, Sports Journalism

Print/Online sequence: 15 credits

a. Required: Two courses from the following:

Students may take JRN 418 twice provided the courses are on different topics.

Students may take JRN 450 more than once for electives.

Students may take JRN 495 Internship twice if venue is different.

b. Nine credits of directed electives chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor.

These electives may include courses in Journalism not used to fulfill other requirements, including JRN 350 Professional Seminar, JRN 450 Journalism Studies Abroad, JRN 491 Campus Newspaper Critique and JRN 495 Internship, or courses in other departments and schools at CCSU. It is highly recommended that students take JRN 385 Mobile and Social Media Journalism as an elective if it is not taken to fulfill another requirement. Students are encouraged to choose courses that will allow them to build an area of expertise that will help their future work in journalism and related media fields.

Broadcast sequence: 15 credits

b. Five credits of directed electives chosen in consultant with a faculty advisor.

These electives may include courses in Journalism not being used to fulfill other requirements, including JRN 350 Professional Seminar, JRN 450 Journalism Studies Abroad, JRN 491 Campus Newspaper Critique, JRN 495 Internship, JRN 440 TV News Practicum for a second time, or courses in other departments and schools at CCSU.  Students are encouraged to choose courses that will allow them to build an area of expertise that will help their future work in journalism and related media fields.

Sports Journalism: 15 credits

b. Six credits of directed electives in consultation with advisor.

These electives may include journalism courses not used for other requirements, and courses from other departments.

Journalism Major- General Education Requirements

All Majors1:

4. Diversity requirement. Students can meet this requirement in one of a few ways.

b. Choose a more advanced course in consultation with an adviser

c. Take JRN 371: Reporting Cultural Diversity.

5. COMM 230 is a recommended Gen Ed elective for all JRN majors (also counts towards broadcast sequence)

Total Credit Hours: 40