BA in Journalism Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts in Journalism is designed for students seeking contemporary news careers. These could be in multimedia, TV/Radio, digital/online, or print. The journalism program offers students a strong foundation in skills relevant to today’s digitally-mediated newsrooms and audiences, along with an informed appreciation of public affairs, and a firm grasp of media history that informs the present. These objectives draw upon the inclusive knowledge architecture of the liberal arts. The program encourages and supports student learning through mandatory internships with established media outlets and a variety of other interactions with professional 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.

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For majors who declared BEFORE Fall 2019, please visit this page for major requirements.

OVERVIEW OF DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Minimum number of credits required to graduate: 120
Minimum number of credits required to complete the major: 30
Minimum Cumulative GPA required to graduate: 2.0.
Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward major: A grade of C- or better is required for all CMJ courses to fulfill a major requirement.
Other GPA requirements to graduate: A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (“C”) in the major.
Required Course(s) for fulfilling Capstone Experience: CMJ 489
Residency Requirement: 24 credits of CMJ courses must be taken at the University of Maine.

Contact Information: Paul Grosswiler, Chair, 443 Dunn Hall, 581-1286

Requirements for Journalism Majors:


For students transferring equivalent courses from other colleges, the faculty will determine equivalency (if any) of transfer courses in the discipline. Some CMJ courses require the completion of one or more prerequisite courses.

Students must earn a grade of C- or higher in CMJ 136 in order to continue in the Journalism major and to take the following CMJ courses: CMJ 237, CMJ 332, CMJ 351, CMJ 434, CMJ 435, CMJ 481, CMJ 484 and CMJ 489, as well as CMJ 395.CMJ 332, CMJ 351, CMJ 434, CMJ 481, CMJ 484 and CMJ 489, as well as CMJ 395.

A grade of C- or higher is required in all CMJ courses submitted to satisfy departmental requirements for the major.

Internship Requirement: (2 credits)


Electives: (Up 6 credit hours may be taken to complete 30 credit hours required)


Additional credits:


Students may also take additional credits in department courses beyond the 30 required for the major, but must take at least 60 credit hours outside of CMJ courses.

Required Courses in Suggested Sequence for the B.A. in Journalism


First Year – First Semester


First Year – Second Semester


Second Year – First Semester


Second Year – Second Semester


Third Year – First Semester


  • Journalsim Professional Course: 3-4
  • Journalism Elective Credits: 3
  • **Elective Credits: 9

Third Year – Second Semester


Fourth Year – First Semester


Fourth Year – Second Semester


**Elective Credits


Elective Credits may be used to meet remaining General Education, college, B.A., or department requirements.

Students may also take additional credits in department courses beyond the 30 required for the major, but must take at least 60 credit hours outside of CMJ courses.