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  • Journalism

    The Department of Journalism consistently ranks among the best journalism programs in the country. It is housed in a college professionally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The department's mission is to teach the art and craft of journalism and to foster an appreciation for accuracy, fairness, truth and diversity.

    About This Major

    • College: Journalism and Communications
    • Degree: Bachelor of Science in Journalism
    • Hours for the Degree: 124
    • Minor: No
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    The courses allow students to develop their storytelling talent - in words or pictures - and prepare them for careers as writers, photographers, editors or designers. The flexible curriculum allows students to work in magazines, newspapers and online publications. Excellent writing skills are essential. Graduates of the program work with major organizations in the field and have won prolific honors, including the Pulitzer Prize.

    In this curriculum, core courses offer students basic preparation and professional electives allow students to develop strengths in one or more areas.

    Core Courses for all Journalism Majors

    • JOU 1001 Introduction to Journalism (1)
    • JOU 2005 Writing Mechanics for Journalists (1)
    • JOU 3101 Reporting​ (​3)
    • JOU 3109C Multimedia Writing​ (3)
    • JOU 3110 Applied Fact Finding (3)
    • JOU 3220C Visual Journalism​ (3)​
    • JOU 3346L Multimedia Reporting (1)
    • JOU 4201 Newspaper Editing (3)
    • JOU 4700 Problems and Ethics of Journalism in Society (3)
    • MMC 2604 Mass Media and You​ (3)
    • MMC 4200 Law of Mass Communication (3)

    In addition to the above core courses, students are required to take a minimum of 13 credits of JOU electives. At the beginning of the junior year, journalism majors meet with their assigned faculty adviser to plot the last two years of courses. Students select a capstone course from one of these areas: editing, design, magazines, online media, photojournalism and reporting. The capstone course is taken in the last semester. With the faculty adviser, the student maps a two-year program leading toward the capstone course.

    Capstone Courses, by Emphasis Area

    • Editing: JOU 4202 Advanced Editing and Design
    • Design: JOU 4412 Advanced Design
    • Magazines: JOU 4445C Applied Magazine Publishing or
      JOU 4311 Advanced Magazine Writing
    • Online Media: JOU 4946 Applied Online Journalism
    • Photojournalism: JOU 4605 Advanced Photojournalism 2
    • Reporting: JOU 4111 Advanced Reporting or JOU 4123 Investigative Reporting
    • Journalism Studies: JOU 4502 Journalism Studies

    One of the requirements of the capstone course will be submission of a professional portfolio. Instructor permission is a prerequisite for enrollment in any captone course.

    Selecting an area of emphasis does not preclude students from taking courses in other areas. Students are able to create personalized degree plans in collaboration with a faculty adviser.

    A minimum grade of C is required in all journalism courses.

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    Critical Tracking

    To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college and major requirements.

    Equivalent critical tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students

    Semester 1

    • 2.8 GPA on all work at all institutions

    Semester 2

    • 3.0 GPA on all work at all institutions for semesters 2-4
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking coursework for semesters 2-4
    • Complete 2 of 6 critical-tracking courses: AMH 2010, AMH 2020, an approved English elective, POS 2041 and one of the following: CPO 2001, INR 2001 or POS 2112 (preferred), JOU 3109C

    Semester 3

    • Complete 2 additional courses

    Semester 4

    • Complete 2 additional courses

    Recommended Semester Plan

    To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. Students are required to complete HUM 2305 The Good Life (GE-H) in semester 1 or 2.

    Semester 1 Credits
    AMH 2010 United States to 1877 (GE-H) 3
    CPO 2001 Comparative Politics or INR 2001 Introduction to International Relations or
    POS 2112 American State and Local Government (preferred)
    ENC 1101 Expository and Argumentative Writing (GE-C) * 3
    JOU 1001 Introduction to Journalism * 1
    ​Mathematics (GE-M) * ​3
    Physical or Biological Science (GE-P or B) * 3
    Total 16
    Semester 2 Credits
    AMH 2020 United States Since 1877 (GE-H) 3
    HUM 2305 What is the Good Life (GE-H)​ ​3
    MMC 2604 Mass Media and You * 3
    POS 2041 American Federal Government (GE-S) 3
    English elective (ENC 1102 highly recommended) * 3
    Total 15
    Semester 3 Credits
    JOU 2005 Writing Mechanics for Journalists * 1
    JOU 3109C Multimedia Writing * 3
    JOU 3220C Visual Journalism * 3
    English elective * ​3
    Foreign language * or quantitative option **​ ​3-5
    Physical or Biological Science (GE-P or B) * 3
    Total 16-18
    Semester 4 Credits
    ECO 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics or
    ECO 2023 Principles of Microeconomics (both GE-S)
    JOU 3101 Reporting * 3
    JOU 3346L Multimedia Reporting * 1
    SPC 2608 Introduction to Public Speaking or
    ORI 2000 Oral Performance of Literature 1 *
    Foreign language * or quantitative option **​ ​3-5
    Mathematics (GE-M) * 3
    Total 17-19
    Semester 5 Credits
    JOU 3110 Applied Fact Finding * 3
    JOU elective * 3
    Electives outside college 6
    Outside concentration 3
    Total 15
    Semester 6 Credits
    JOU 4201 Newspaper Editing *​ 3
    JOU elective * ​3
    Electives outside college 6
    Outside concentration 3
    Total 15
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    For semesters 7-8, students must complete two professional courses.

    Semester 7 Credits
    JOU 4700 Problems and Ethics of Journalism in Society * 3
    JOU electives * 6
    Elective outside college 3
    Outside concentration 3
    Total 15
    Semester 8 Credits
    JOU elective * 1-3
    JOU capstone course * 3
    MMC 4200 Law of Mass Communication 3
    Elective outside college 5
    Outside concentration 3
    Total 15

    * Minimum grade of C required in these courses
    ** Students may need additional hours of electives to meet the 124 hours to graduate.
    Only three hours of professional internship credit can count toward graduation, regardless of the department granting the credit.

    Equipment Requirement

    All students who major in journalism are required to own a Mac laptop computer with the appropriate software, a digital audio recorder and a digital camera. Equipment requirement details.

    Journalism for Teachers

    Special training and supervised research are available for journalism teachers and others interested in working at the high school level. Students seeking state certification in journalism should contact the Department of Journalism or the Office of Student Services, College of Education.

    The state headquarters of the Florida Scholastic Press Association is located in the College of Journalism and Communications. A summer institute for high school teachers and journalism students is conducted in cooperation with the Division of Continuing Education.

    Students take core courses, an area in methods of teaching journalism, 26 hours of education courses and a minor in English or speech. Students seeking state certification in language arts should contact the Department of Journalism.

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majors: journalism