Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Journalism and Mass Communication Major

The Journalism and Mass Communication Major

The journalism and mass communication major prepares students for careers that involve all aspects of news and information. Emphasis is placed on generating ideas, organizing, writing, editing and presenting information for various media platforms and audiences. Students work with advisers to develop a program of study that prepares them for work in communication-specific areas including broadcast media, magazines and/or newspapers, public relations/public information, science communication or visual communication and online/multimedia.

A suggested track for Visual Journalism majors: JL MC 101 (req); JL MC 110 (req), JL MC 201 (req); JL MC 202; JL MC 308; JL MC 310; JL MC 315; JL MC 342; JL MC 342L; JL MC 460 (req); JL MC 462; JL MC 499 (req). 

A suggested track for Broadcasting majors: JL MC 101(req); JL MC 110 (req); JL MC 201 (req); JL MC 206; JL MC 306; JL MC 308; JL MC 354, JL MC 460 (req); JL MC 499 (req).

 

To find out which JL MC courses will be offered in upcoming semesters, click here and search for journalism and mass communication.

To begin planning a future schedule, click here.


To be a journalism and mass communication major, a student must successfully complete:  

JL MC 101Mass Media and Society3
JL MC 110Orientation to Journalism and Communication1
JL MC 201Reporting and Writing for the Mass Media (with a C+ or better)3

 

Until these courses are successfully completed, journalism and mass communication students are designated as pre-majors. To receive a bachelor of science degree in journalism and mass communication, a student must earn at least 120 credits. A minimum of 80 credits must come from courses other than ADVRT or JL MC. At least 65 of these credits must come from the liberal arts and sciences. Overall, at least 45 credits must be from 300-level or above. Journalism and mass communication majors are required to take:

STAT 101Principles of Statistics (or another approved statistics course)4

 The degree requirements allow for a minimum of 33 and a maximum of 40 credits to be taken in ADVRT and JL MC. These include:

JL MC 101Mass Media and Society3
JL MC 110Orientation to Journalism and Communication1
JL MC 201Reporting and Writing for the Mass Media3
JL MC 202Intermediate Reporting and Writing for the Mass Media (C+ or better in JL MC 202, JL MC 206, or JL MC 321)3
or JL MC 206Reporting and Writing for the Electronic Media
or JL MC 321Public Relations Writing
JL MC 460Law of Mass Communication3
JL MC 499Professional Media Internship3

 

  Additional recommended courses and requirements for the journalism and mass communication major are available from the Greenlee School.6
ADVRT 230Advertising Principles 
ADVRT 301Research and Strategic Planning for Advertising and Public Relations 
ADVRT 335Advertising Media Planning 
JL MC 220Principles of Public Relations 
JL MC 301Research and Strategic Planning for Advertising and Public Relations 
JL MC 305Publicity Methods 
JL MC 341Contemporary Magazine Publishing 
JL MC 342Visual Principles for Mass Communicators 
  
JL MC 401Mass Communication Theory 
JL MC 406Media Management 
JL MC 453Electronic Media Technology and Public Policy 
JL MC 454Critical Analysis and History of the Moving Image 
JL MC 461History of American Journalism 
JL MC 462Media Ethics, Freedom, Responsibility 
JL MC 464Journalism and Literature 
JL MC 474Communication Technology and Social Change 
JL MC 476World Communication Systems 
JL MC 477Ethnicity, Gender, Class and the Media 
ADVRT 497Special Topics in Communication 
JL MC 497Special Topics in Communication 

Students are required to fulfill a secondary area of expertise. This requirement can be met by declaring a minor of at least 15 credits outside of JL MC/ADVRT; a second major outside of JL MC/ADVRT, or an adviser-approved designated area of concentration with at least 21 credits, 12 of which must be 300+ level.

The following are requirements are necessary for a degree in the college of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

 

2013-2014 Catalog

4-Year Planning Guide
Major Requirements

2012-2013 Catalog

4-Year Planning Guide
Major Requirements

2011-2012 Catalog

4-Year Planning Guide
Major Requirements

2009-2011 Catalog

4-Year Planning Guide
Major Requirements

2007-2009 Catalog

4-Year Planning Guide
Major Requirements
Graduation Planner

2005-2007 Catalog

4-Year Planning Guide
Major Requirements

Older Catalogs