Pre-Fall 2019 Journalism Major Requirements

These requirements apply for Journalism majors who declared their major BEFORE Fall 2019.


(Students must earn a C- or better in all required CMJ courses. WI = writing intensive)

Core Course Requirements 3 courses (9 credits)

CMJ 211 Journalism & Media History
CMJ 136 Journalism Writing and Editing (B or better) (WI)
CMJ 375 Journalism & Media Law

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 Media Studies)

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.