Journalism (2018 - 2020)
Major in Journalism: General Information
The institute offers two concentrations, in journalism and media criticism. In both concentrations, the major consists of eight 4-point courses, for a total of 32 credits, plus a mandatory second major in another CAS department or program. Thus, all journalism majors are double majors. Students may choose to take up to 36 points in journalism (but no more); the only exception is for honors majors, who may take up to 40 points (but no more).
Within the journalism concentration, students choose either the print/online sequence or the broadcast sequence. Journalism students must complete five required courses in their declared print/online or broadcast sequence (one lecture course and four skills courses), as well as three institute-approved or institute-offered electives.
All majors following this concentration are required to take the following two courses. They may be taken in either order. The prerequisite for each is completion of the expository writing requirement:
- Investigating Journalism: Ethics and Practice (JOUR-UA 50). This is a lecture course.
- Journalistic Inquiry: The Written Word (JOUR-UA 101). This is the first skills course in the major.
All majors then take these three additional skills courses. Note that prerequisites for The Beat (JOUR-UA 201) differ depending on whether one is following the print/online or broadcast sequence (see course descriptions for details):
- Journalistic Inquiry: Multimedia (JOUR-UA 102)
- The Beat (JOUR-UA 201)
- Advanced Reporting (JOUR-UA 301), or the honors sequence of Advanced Reporting (JOUR-UA 351) and the Senior Seminar (JOUR-UA 352).
Notes on skills courses: Students in the broadcast sequence must take the broadcast sections of The Beat and Advanced Reporting; students may not mix broadcast and non-broadcast sections of these courses. Also note that students may not take any journalism required skills courses concurrently. However, students may take journalism elective courses concurrently, provided they meet the prerequisites for those courses.
They also take three electives, chosen from the following:
- Methods and Practice (JOUR-UA 202)
- Methods and Practice: Visual Reporting (JOUR-UA 203)
- Elective Reporting Topics (JOUR-UA 204)
- Production and Publication (JOUR-UA 302)
- Seminar (JOUR-UA 401)
- Journalism Ethics and First Amendment Law (JOUR-UA 502)
- Journalism and Society (JOUR-UA 503)
- Journalism as Literature (JOUR-UA 504)
- Issues and Ideas (JOUR-UA 505)
- Media Criticism (JOUR-UA 6XX)
- Individual Study (JOUR-UA 9XX)
Certain electives from other CAS departments and programs can, with permission, be approved as journalism electives. Because the institute puts a high value on numeric literacy, double majors in economics, politics, psychology, and sociology may count any of the following quantitative courses toward their three required electives:
- Economics: Statistics (ECON-UA 18)
- Politics: Quantitative Methods in Political Science (POL-UA 800) or Introduction to Research Methods for Politics (POL-UA 850)
- Psychology: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (PSYCH-UA 10)
- Sociology: Statistics for Social Research (SOC-UA 302)
Media Criticism Concentration
Students in the media criticism concentration must complete six required courses (two lecture courses and four skills courses), one seminar, and one elective from a specified list of journalism offerings. All majors following this concentration must take these two required lectures:
- Investigating Journalism: Ethics and Practice (JOUR-UA 50)
- Media Past and Future (JOUR-UA 610)
Plus four required skills courses:
- Journalistic Inquiry: The Written Word (JOUR-UA 101)
- Journalistic Inquiry: Multimedia (JOUR-UA 102)
- The Beat: Designated Media Criticism Section (JOUR-UA 201)
- Advanced Reporting: Designated Media Criticism Section (JOUR-UA 301)
Notes on lecture and skills courses: Students are strongly advised to begin the media criticism concentration by taking Investigating Journalism: Ethics and Practice (JOUR-UA 50) as their first course in the major. Media Past and Future (JOUR-UA 610) may be taken concurrently with Journalistic Inquiry: Multimedia (JOUR-UA 102).
Plus two additional courses:
- One seminar, which may be selected from Topics in Media Criticism (JOUR-UA 622), a journalism seminar, or Journalism Ethics and First Amendment Law (JOUR-UA 502)
- One elective course from a specified list of journalism offerings
Policies Applying to Both Major Concentrations
The prerequisite for both Investigating Journalism: Ethics and Practice (JOUR-UA 50) and Journalistic Inquiry: The Written Word (JOUR-UA 101) is completion of the College’s expository writing requirement.
Please see course descriptions for more detail on prerequisites.
All journalism majors and minors must achieve a grade of C (not C-minus) or better in all journalism courses to meet prerequisite requirements and count them toward the major. (Pass/Fail grades do not count.) Students earning grades lower than C must either repeat the course or take an equivalent course, if permitted.
All majors must complete a capstone piece in the required skills course Advanced Reporting, which allows for assessment of their progress at the conclusion of the major.
Juniors and seniors who have maintained a 3.65 overall GPA and a 3.65 in the journalism major are eligible for the two-course, 8-point honors program. Students take a special section of Advanced Reporting (JOUR-UA 351) followed by the Senior Seminar (JOUR-UA 352) to complete a two-semester capstone project. Students enrolled in honors may take a maximum of 40 credits in journalism.