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Undergraduate Program - BA in Journalism

CMJThe undergraduate Journalism major offers students strong oral and written expression skills, a firm grasp of public affairs, and a broad foundation in the liberal arts. The program also encourages media literacy and productive relations with media institutions. The Journalism degree requires coursework that prepare students for print, broadcast and digital broadcast news journalism careers in Maine and nationwide. The major also prepares students for graduate study in related communication fields, law, the humanities and social sciences.

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism Degree Requirements

Effective Fall, 2010

Students must earn a B or better in CMJ 236 and pass a writing exam in order to continue as journalism majors and take any of the following: CMJ 237, 332, 351, 434, 451, 489. Students must earn a C- or better in all other required CMJ courses (WI = writing intensive)

I. Core Course Requirements (9 credit hours)
CMJ 211 Journalism Studies I: Introduction and History
CMJ 236 Journalism Writing and Editing (B or better) (WI)
CMJ 375 Journalism Studies II: Law and Ethics
JOU Major Writing Exam

II. Capstone Requirement: (select one; 3 or 4 credit hours)
CMJ 481 Digital Journalism
CMJ 484 Investigative Journalism
CMJ 489 Seminar-Media Ethics and Issues

III. Internship Requirement: (3 credit hours)
CMJ 395 Student Media Practicum, OR
CMJ 495 Internship

IV. Professional Course Requirement: (Three or more courses; 9 or more credit hours)
CMJ 237 Journalism Across Platforms, 4 cr. (WI)
CMJ 332 Public Affairs Reporting and Research (WI)
CMJ 351 Multimedia Production, 4 cr.
CMJ 481 Digital Journalism, 4 cr. (if not capstone)
CMJ 484 Investigative Journalism (if not capstone)
CMJ 489 Seminar-Media Ethics and Issues (if not capstone)

V. Electives: (Up to 6 credit hours may be taken to complete 30 credit hours required)
CMJ 100 Introduction to Mass Communication
CMJ 245 Film Criticism and Theory
CMJ 261 Photographic Reporting and Storytelling
CMJ 314 International Mass Communication
CMJ 330 Copy Editing
CMJ 347 Argument and Critical Thinking
CMJ 361 Documentary Photography and Audio
CMJ 367 Public Relations
CMJ 370 Visual Communication
CMJ 376 Modes of Media Criticism
CMJ 380 Advertising, Media and Society
CMJ 403 Persuasion and Social Influence
CMJ 410 Social Influence of Mass Communication
CMJ 412 Electronic Media Management
CMJ 425 Health Campaigns
CMJ 434 Editorial and Opinion Writing
CMJ 435 Feature Writing
CMJ 460 Public Communication and Advocacy
CMJ 475 Sexualities in Mass Communication
CMJ 480 Media Theories and Research
CMJ 398/498 Topics in Mass Communication
CMJ 500-level with department approval

Students must complete their external requirements to be eligible for graduation.


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Department News & Announcements

Monday Noon Research:
The CMJ Colloquium Series, Fall 2014

All events in Dunn 424, 12:10pm to 1pm

September 29: Nathan Stormer
Department of Communication and Journalism
“Rhetorical Diversity and Genealogies of Rhetoric”

October 6: Michael Socolow
Department of Communication and Journalism
“Correcting a Mad Men Myth: The Invention of the
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October 20: Paul Grosswiler
Department of Communication and Journalism
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the Crisis of E-Waste"

October 27: Jessica Miller
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November 3: Emily Rice & Theodora Ruhs
Department of Communication and Journalism
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November 10: Jordan P. LaBouff
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