BA in Journalism Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts in Journalism is designed for students seeking print, broadcast and digital broadcast news careers in Maine and nationwide. The journalism program 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 a variety of media institutions. For those interested in pursuing higher education, the major also prepares students for graduate study in related communication fields, law, the humanities and the social sciences.

CURRICULUM

(Students must earn a B or better in CMJ 236 and pass a writing exam to continue as journalism. Students must earn a C- or better in all other required CMJ courses. WI = writing intensive)

Core Course Requirements 3 courses (9 credits)

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

 

Capstone Requirement, select one from the following:

CMJ 481 Digital Journalism
CMJ 484 Investigative Journalism
CMJ 489 Seminar-Media Ethics and Issues

Internship Requirements 1 course (3 credits)

CMJ 395 Student Media Practicum
CMJ 495 Internship

 

 

 

3 or more courses (9 or more credits) from the following:

(departmental advising is available to assist students)

 

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)

 

Electives up to 2 courses (6 credit hours)

CMJ 100 Introduction to Mass Communication
CMJ 245 Film Criticism and Theory
CMJ 403 Photographic Reporting and Storytelling
CMJ 261 Women and Communication
CMJ 314 International Mass Communication
CMJ 330 Copy Editing
CMJ 425 Argument and Critical Thinking
CMJ 430 Documentary Photography and Audio
CMJ 367 Public Relations
CMJ 370 Visual Communication
CMJ 380 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

*Please note: only one 100-level course may count toward the major in Journalism.

Department of Communication and Journalism External Requirements
(for all undergraduate majors in Communication, Journalism, and Mass Communication)

A total of 9 credits in the areas of Writing and Language, with at least 3 credits in each of the two areas (take 6 credits from one area; 3 credits from the other).

Writing Area: ENG 205, ENG 206, ENG 212, ENG 301, ENG 317, ENG 415, ENG 416, ENG 418 (CMJ 236 may count here if not used to fill a major requirement)
Language Area: French, German, Spanish, American Sign Language, or other language.