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Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2023 
Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Journalism & Electronic Media, BA

The Journalism & Electronic Media major is designed for students interested in the fields of journalism and/or television, film and online media. The department offers two tracks within the Journalism & Electronic Media major: Journalism and Broadcasting & Electronic Media. The Journalism track offers courses that deal with evaluating news, reporting and writing stories, newsroom organization, interviewing, feature writing, improving and trimming stories, headline writing, layout, graphics, social media, search engine optimization and related informative communication. The Broadcasting & Electronic Media track educates students in the theoretical background and practical application of television and film production inside and outside the studio, enabling them to pursue specialized projects in producing and directing programs in a variety of audio, video and multimedia formats.

Degree Program Requirements

 A student wishing to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication in Media must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 37 credits from the department’s course offerings.  Included among these 37 credits are eight core courses required for all Communication majors:

Department Track Requirements

Although the media are interrelated, students should develop an in-depth knowledge of at least one specific field. To that end, students majoring in Journalism & Electronic Media must select a track, or area of study, within the department. Although the department expects students to enroll in multiple courses within their chosen track, each track has two required courses:

Journalism & Electronic Media Curriculum

    Department and Number - Descriptive Course Title Fall Cr. Spr. Cr.

First Year

  MAJOR   COMM 109 - G/S/P Skill Set  — COMM 115 - (EPW) Writing for Communication   1 3
  FREE ELECT  FREE ELECT - Free Elective   3
  MAJOR  COMM ELECT - Communication Elective3 3  
  GE WRTG-SPCH/DIGITAL   COMM 108 - (FYW) Essential Writing Skills 1 — EP Foundation Elective (FYOC/FYDT) 3 3
  GE HUMN  HUMN ELECT - Humanities Electives 3 3
  GE PHIL - T/RS  PHIL 120 - Introduction to Philosophy  — T/RS 121 - (P) Theology I: Introduction to the Bible   3 3
  GE FSEM  First Year Seminar 2    
                                        13 15

Second Year

  MAJOR                         COMM 210 - (EPW) Logical and Rhetorical Analysis     3
  MAJOR  COMM 215 - Introduction to Communication Theory   3                     
  MAJOR  COMM 222 - Television Production                         3
  MAJOR  COMM 224 - (EPW) Media Writing   3  
  FREE ELECT  FREE ELECT - Free Electives 3 3
  GE PHIL - T/RS  PHIL 210 - Ethics  — T/RS 122 - (P) Theology II: Introduction to Christian Theology   3 3
  GE QUAN - S/BH  QUAN ELECT- Quantitative Elective —  S/BH ELECT - Social/Behavioral Elective 3 3
                                             15 15

Third Year

  MAJOR  COMM 316 - Communication Ethics  — COMM ELECT - Communication Electives3 3 3
  MAJOR  COMM ELECT - Communication Electives3 3 3
  FREE ELECT  FREE ELECT - Free Electives 6 6
  GE PHIL - T/RS  PHIL ELECT - Philosophy Elective or T/RS ELECT - Theology Elective 3  
  GE NSCI  NSCI ELECT - Natural Science Electives 3 3
    18 15

Fourth Year

  MAJOR  COMM 415 - Senior Seminar   3  
  MAJOR  COMM ELECT - Communication Elective3   3
  FREE ELECT  FREE ELECT - Free Electives   6
  GE HUMN - S/BH  HUMN ELECT - Humanities Elective — S/BH ELECT - Social/Behavioral Elective 6 3
  GE FREE ELECT  FREE ELECT - Free Electives 6 3
                                                 15 15

Total: 121 Credits

1The Communication Department & Media prefers students fulfill (FYW) requirements by completing COMM 108 .  However, WRTG 107  or WRTG 105  and WRTG 106  may be substituted.

2The selection of a First Year Seminar is likely to fulfill requirements both for the First Year Seminar and a General Education Requirement. Thus, the First Year Seminar will not add to the total credits for the semester. Talk with your advisor if you have any questions.

3All Department of Communication & Media courses listed COMM 101-499 are acceptable as Communication Electives for fulfillment of degree requirements.