Requirements

All degrees require a minimum grade of “C” in each major course and a GPA of 2.50 in the major for graduation.

Mass communication and journalism students, except film majors, must complete a five-course core curriculum of MCJ 101, 102, 103, 200 and 454 and also pass the school's Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Exam (GSP).

In addition, all students must select an academic minor within a program outside the School of Mass Communication and Journalism.

MCJ core (12 hours):

  • MCJ 101-Survey of Mass Communication
  • MCJ 102-Introduction to Media Writing
  • MCJ 103-Literacy Skills
  • MCJ 200-Digital Media Production (Mac laptop required)
  • MCJ 454-Media Law and Ethics

News-editorial skills sequence (15 hours):

  • MCJ 203-Reporting
  • MCJ 300-Multimedia Storytelling (writing-intensive)
  • MCJ 303-Investigative Strategies for Journalists
  • MCJ 311-News Editing and Design
  • MCJ 402-Advanced Reporting (Capstone)

MCJ values elective (6 hours):

Select two of the following:

  • MCJ 342-History of Photography
  • MCJ 355-Gender, Race and Media
  • MCJ 407-Media Theory
  • MCJ 450-History of Journalism
  • MCJ 455-Media Ethics
  • MCJ 460-Media Law
  • MCJ 461-Mass Media History
  • MCJ 462-Media Criticism
  • MCJ 463-Media Management and Economics

MCJ electives (3-6 hours):

Consult with your adviser for MCJ course options.

Requirements for a minor in news-editorial: (18 hours)

  • MCJ 102-Introduction to Media Writing
  • MCJ 203-Reporting
  • MCJ 311-News Editing and Design
  • MCJ 312-Graphic Design
  • MCJ 454-Media Law and Ethics

Select one course from the following:

  • MCJ 301-Feature Writing
  • MCJ 303-Investigative Strategies
  • MCJ 355-Gender, Race and Media
  • MCJ 403-Specialized Reporting
  • MCJ 405-Problems in Publication Production
  • MCJ 461-Media History
  • MCJ 462--Media Criticism
  • MCJ 463-Media Management and Economics