OVERVIEW OF DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
Minimum number of credits required to graduate: 120
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 other CMJ courses to fulfill a major requirement.
Other GPA requirements to graduate: None.
Contact Information: Paul Grosswiler, Chair, 443 Dunn Hall, 581-1287
The Department of Communication and Journalism offers three different B.A. degrees. These degrees are in: Communication, Journalism, and Mass Communication.
The B.A. in Journalism requires coursework that prepares students for leadership roles in journalism careers. The Journalism major offers students strong oral and written expression skills, a firm grasp of public affairs, and a broad foundation in the liberal arts. Full-time faculty members are established scholars who draw on extensive professional experience and ongoing contacts with journalism organizations. An active internship program encourages students to become acquainted with working in media organizations, and thus have demonstrable work experience, professional contacts and an understanding of the industry before they enter the job market.
Majors in Journalism must complete a minimum of thirty (30) credits of specific CMJ courses to fulfill the core course internship experience, capstone and professional course requirements.
Students must also fulfill the external course requirements.
The external coursework must include at least 9 credits in the areas of Writing and Language and at least 18 credits of coursework concentrated in an area outside of the CMJ Department.
The 9 credits of coursework in the areas of Writing and Language must include at least 3 credits in each of the two areas (6 credits from one area; 3 credits from the other). The Writing area includes the following courses: ENG 205, ENG 206, ENG 212, ENG 301, ENG 317, ENG 415, ENG 416, and ENG 418. CMJ 237 can also be used to meet part of this requirement when not used to meet a Journalism major requirement. The Language area includes: French, German, Spanish, American Sign Language or other non-English languages.
At least 18 credits of coursework concentrated in an area outside of the CMJ Department must be completed. This requirement can be fulfilled by completing: (a) a Minor in another department, (b) an Interdisciplinary Curricula, or (c) a concentration of 6 courses (18 credits) taken in another department, with at least 12 of the 18 credit hours taken in coursework above the 100 level. No CMJ or Honors courses can be used to meet any part of this requirement.