Journalism

The Journalism concentration prepares students for careers in researching, writing, editing and transmitting public information through conventional and digitally transmitted media, including newspapers, magazines, the Internet, radio, television, and cable.

Journalism Concentration (36 hours)

Core courses: Students in the School of Communication must complete these two courses with a grade of "C" or higher.

  • COMS 130. Introduction to Communication
  • COMS 330. Communication Theory

Required (27 hours)

  • COMS 104. Basic News Writing-Must be completetd with a grade of "C" or higher.
  • COMS 204. News Reporting-Must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher. Requires COMS 104 or permission of instructor.
  • COMS 226. Digital Imaging
  • Either COMS 146. Media Performance 
  • OR  COMS 236. Publication Planning and Design-Requires any of the following: COMS 104, COMS 223, COMS 235, COMS 247 or permission of instructor.
  • COMS 304. Electronic News Gathering-Requires COMS 104 and COMS 130, or permission of instructor. (Taught in Fall Semesters)
  • COMS 326. Web Production-Requires COMS 130, and COMS 226 or ITEC 225, or permission of instructor.
  • COMS 400. Communication Law & Ethics-Requires COMS 130 and COMS 330, or permission of the instructor.
  • COMS 404. Specialized Journalism-Requires COMS 104, 130, 204 and 330, or permission of instructor. (Taught in Spring Semesters)
  • COMS 481. Journalism Portfolio-Requires COMS 104, 130, 146 or 236, 204, 304 and 330, or permission of instructor. (Taught in Spring Semesters)

Electives - Choose nine (9) credit hours of electives from the School of Communication courses. Six of those hours must be at the 300-400 level.

Any School of Communication 300 or 400 level courses will fulfill six hours of the requirement, but the following are recommended for the journalism concentration:  COMS 300-Media History, COMS 305-Innovative Storytelling (new), COMS 327-Politics and the Media, COMS 335-Media and Society, COMS 383-Social Media, COMS 407-Science Writing, COMS 444-Media Management, COMS 484-Data Visualization for Communications, COMS 498-Independent Study or COMS 499-Internship.