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2021-2023 University Catalog 
    
2021-2023 University Catalog

Communications - Digital Journalism Concentration, BA (CIP 09.0799)


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A student who intends to major in Communication must earn at least two B’s and a C in the three required communications courses – ENGL 131 , ENGL 132 , and COMM 201 - Communication Skills  - by the end of the sophomore year. The minimum overall grade point average for students to be admitted into a Media and Communications major is 2.0.

Digital Journalism


The program is designed to prepare students to become skillful reporters, researchers, and writers for print media, including newspapers and magazines. The course of study provides both theoretical studies and hands-on experience. Additionally, students will have opportunities to gain work-related experience in the mass media.

Outline


The following outline of courses details requirements for the Bachelor Arts in Communications Digital Journalism Concentration. Meeting graduation requirements is the responsibility of the student. Refer to the catalog for curricular specifics and a complete listing of required and elective courses and descriptions. 

Plan of Study


The Plan of Study includes Major Requirements (Core Requirements, Supporting Courses, and Electives) and the University General Education Program Requirements. 

Major Requirements (69 credits)

Students must earn a “C” or higher in ALL courses in the major.

Degree Totals


  Required  
Major Requirements 69  
University GEP 52  
     

Total Degree Hours: 121


General Education Program Requirements 42 Credit Hours


University GEP Core Requirements: Minimum of forty-two (42) hours is required. Students who enter as a first-time freshman must take an entrance assessment.  A minimum grade of “C” is required in English (ENGL 131, ENGL 132, COMM 201) and Mathematics (MATH 131).  Students that have course requirements waived must satisfy the MINIMUM required hours of 120 in order to graduate.

 

 

First and Second-Year Experience - 4 credits


Freshmen are required to complete the First Year and Second Year Experience classes.

Communication Skills - 9 Credits


Written and Oral Communication Definition:

Written and Oral Communications is the ability to impart and interchange information of ideas within a meaningful context using various rhetorical modes such as descriptive, informative, analytical and argumentative writing.

All students are required to take ENGL 131, ENGL 132, COMM 201. Some students will be required to take ENGL 150 and LIS 150.

Spiritual Development - 3 credits


Critical thinking is characterized by the comprehensive exploration of issues, ideas, artifacts, and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion. Spiritual development is the ability to understand diverse religions and to develop positive spiritual growth.

Health and Wellness - 4 credits


Ability to understand, develop and adopt positive behaviors and life strategies that promote physical, mental, emotional, social well-being.

STEM - 7 credits


Science - 4 credits


Student must take one science course with lab (3 credit + 1 credit) = 4 credits required.

Note that STEM majors will take BIOL 133 + Lab and CHEM 141 + Lab.

Mathematics - 3 credits


Students are required to take three credit hours of mathematics (MATH 131 or higher). Note 1: STEM majors are required to take MATH 135 and MATH 231. Note 2: Accounting and Business majors are required to take MATH 135 and either MATH 224 or MATH 231. All other majors can satisfy mathematics requirements by taking  MATH 131 and MATH 132 or MATH 174.  

Social Science - 3 credits


History - 3 credits


Fine Arts - 3 credits


Any 100/200 level course from the following subjects:

  • ART
  • FIM
  • MUS or 
  • THE

Behavioral Science - 3 credits


Any 100/200 level PSYCH, SOC or CJ course 

World Languages - 3 credits


FL _ 131 or higher (3)

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