Journalism- Bachelor of Arts

For information, contact the director of the Journalism Program, 201 Williams Hall (513-529-7525).

This program provides students with a liberal arts approach to integrated journalism (print, broadcast, and web) focusing on proficiency in critical thinking, writing, reporting, and editing. These skills prepare students for careers in print and broadcast journalism, new media, related professions, and graduate studies. The program further emphasizes the importance of acting as ethical and productive members of the media and the community at large. In addition, all journalism students must choose and complete a second major that cannot be in a media-related field unless the student successfully petitions the director of the Journalism Program to complete a second media-related major. Students also may submit a petition to substitute two minors for a second major, provided one minor is outside the College of Arts and Science.

Program Requirements

(40 semester hours)

Core Requirements

COM 143 Introduction to Media (3)

JRN 101 Introduction to Journalism (3)

COM 211 Introduction to Video Production (4)

IMS 201 Information Studies in the Digital Age (3)

JRN 201 News Reporting and Writing (3)*

(*Prerequisite for all JRN 202 and all 300- and 400-level JRN writing/editing courses)

JRN 202 News Reporting and Writing II (3)

JRN 318 Advanced Storytelling in Journalism (3)

JRN 412 Public Affairs Reporting (3)

Analytical Courses

Any TWO of the following:

COM 212 Media, Representation, and Society (3)

COM 355 Media Technology & Culture (3)

COM 446 Media Globalization (3)

JRN 301 Journalism Law and Ethics (3)

JRN 333 International Journalism (3)

JRN 427 Inside Washington Semester Experience (4)

POL 356 Mass Media and Politics (3)

Creative Courses

Any TWO of the following:

JRN 303 Online Journalism (3)

JRN/COM 313 Advanced Electronic Journalism: Audio (3)

JRN/COM 314 Advanced Electronic Journalism: Video (3)

JRN 316 Introduction to News Presentation (3)

JRN 350 Specialized Journalism (3)*

*(This course can be repeated).


Choose ONE of the following:

COM/JRN 415 Practicum in Television Journalism (4)

COM/JRN/POL 426 Inside Washington (8)

JRN 421 Capstone in Journalism (3)

Internship (not required, but strongly encouraged for all majors)

JRN 340 Journalism Internship

Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in Journalism meet the College of Arts and Science writing in the major requirement by completing the following course/s: JRN 201, 318 and 412.

Second Major

All journalism majors are required to complete a second major that preferably is not in a media-related field. Students may also petition to substitute two minors for a second major, providing one minor is inside the College of Arts and Science.

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