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

Photojournalism skills sequence (16 hours):

  • MCJ 241, 241L-Introduction to Photography (with lab)
  • MCJ 300-Multimedia Storytelling (writing-intensive)
  • MCJ 341-Photojournalism (Digital SLR required)
  • MCJ 342-History of Photography
  • MCJ 441-Photojournalism Portfolio (Capstone)

MCJ values elective (6 hours):

Select two of the following:

  • 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 photojournalism: (18-19 hours)
MCJ 102—Introduction to Media Writing

MCJ 200

MCJ 241/241L—Basic Elements of Photography (with lab)

MCJ 341—Photojournalism

MCJ 454—Media Law and Ethics

MCJ 441—Portfolio

Two to three hours of MCJ elective courses in consultation with an adviser