Bachelor of Science in Journalism

In the Journalism major, students become proficient in multiple areas of journalism, reporting, and storytelling. Students learn core skills in interviewing, writing, multimedia/visuals, broadcast, and public records, as well as legal and ethical principles and practices. Students can choose a two-course specialization in almost a dozen different areas, such as photo, data, coding, narrative nonfiction, social media, TV, audio, and more. Finally, students have multiple opportunities to gain practical and immersive experience inside and outside the College of Journalism and Communications.

About this Program

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

Department Information

Graduates of the Department of Journalism work in traditional forms of media, emerging platforms, and in corporate roles. Ultimately, the department offers transferrable skills that creates outstanding leaders with successful achievements across all fields.
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 Curriculum

The courses enable students to develop their storytelling talent - in words, visuals or data - and prepare them for careers in all kinds of media professions, including as reporters, writers, photographers, editors, designers, multimedia storytellers, broadcast journalists, and more. The flexible curriculum allows students to work in all kinds of traditional and new media platforms. Excellent writing skills are essential. Graduates of the program work with major journalism and media companies, as well as other industries, and have won prolific honors, including the Pulitzer Prize.

In this curriculum, core courses offer students foundational skills and professional electives and capstones allow students to develop strengths and specialization in one or more areas, such as data, coding, photojournalism, specialized reporting, audio storytelling, TV reporting and producing, design, newsroom skills, narrative nonfiction, and more.

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.
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Journalism

Required Core Coursework

JOU 2100Broadcast Writing Bootcamp 11
JOU 3101Reporting 13
JOU 3110Applied Fact Finding 13
JOU 3220CVisual Journalism 13
JOU 3346LMultimedia Reporting 13
JOU 4950Applied Journalism 13
MMC 1009Introduction to Media and Communications 11
MMC 2450Data Literacy for Communicators 11
MMC 2604Media, Cultures, and Identity 13
MMC 2121Writing Fundamentals for Communicators 13
MMC 3030Personal Branding for Communicators 11
MMC 3203Ethics and Problems in Mass Communications 13
MMC 3254Media Entrepreneurship 11
MMC 4200Law of Mass Communication 13
Total Credits32
1

Minimum grades of C are required in all journalism courses. 

Pre-Approved Two-Course Sequences

6 credits

Students select a two-course sequence in an area of specialization. Students may work with an advisor and the department chair to customize a plan. Students must have appropriate prereqs to enter the first course in the specialization. Students must take course 1 before JOU 4950 and can be simultaneously enrolled in course 2 with JOU 4950, but it is preferred that both courses are completed before taking JOU 4950.

Minimum grade of C required in these courses

First Course Second Course
JOU 3213 JOU 4214
JOU 3305 JOU 3121
JOU 3363 JOU 4364
JOU 4111 JOU 4123
JOU 4201 JOU 4202
JOU 4308 JOU 4311 or JOU 4447C
JOU 4604 JOU 4605 or JOU 4930 (Video Storytelling)
JOU 4930 (Audience Engagement) JOU 4930 (Advanced Social Media)
RTV 4301 RTV 4681
RTV 3303 RTV 3304
RTV 3632 RTV 4684
Specialized reporting/writing course 1 Specialized reporting/writing course 2

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 an advisor.

Professional Electives | 14 credits

Students may take any other 3000-level or above courses in the College of Journalism and Communications to count as electives, including other courses in two-course sequences above. Students are encouraged to work with faculty members to construct electives that best meet career goals.

Up to six credits of professional Journalism Internship (JOU 4940) and up to 3 credits of Electronic Media Practicum (RTV 3945) will count as Professional Elective credit. Internship courses in Public Relations, Advertising, and Telecommunication will not count as Professional Elective credit. Minimum grade of C required in College of Journalism and Communications upper division courses.

Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for entry to each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

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

Semester 1

Semester 2

  • Complete an additional 2 of 10 critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 GPA on all work at all institutions

Semester 3

  • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 GPA on all work at all institutions

Semester 4

  • Complete 1 critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 GPA on all work at all institutions

SEMESTER 5

  • Complete 1 critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 GPA on all work at all institutions

SEMESTER 6

  • Complete 1 critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 GPA on all work at all institutions

SEMESTER 7

  • Complete 1 critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 GPA on all work at all institutions

SEMESTER 8

  • Complete 1 critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 GPA on all work at all institutions

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. These courses must be completed by the terms as listed above in the Critical Tracking criteria.

This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
Quest 1 (Gen Ed Humanities) 3
AMH 2020 United States Since 1877 (State Core Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences) 3
ENC 1101 Expository and Argumentative Writing (State Core Gen Ed Composition) 1 3
MMC 1009 Introduction to Media and Communications (Critical Tracking) 1 1
Select one: 3
Theatre Appreciation (State Core Gen Ed Humanities with Diversity)
Art Appreciation: American Diversity and Global Arts (State Core Gen Ed Humanities with Diversity)
State Core Gen Ed Mathematics 1 3
 Credits16
Semester Two
ENC 1102 Argument and Persuasion (Critical Tracking) 1 3
MMC 2121 Writing Fundamentals for Communicators 1 3
MMC 2604 Media, Cultures, and Identity (Critical Tracking) 1 3
MUL 2010 Experiencing Music (Gen Ed Humanities with International) 3
State Core Gen Ed Biological or Physical Sciences 1 3
 Credits15
Semester Three
Quest 2 (Gen Ed Biological or Physical Sciences) 1 3
Select one: 3
Comparative Politics
Introduction to International Relations
American State and Local Government (preferred; Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences)
JOU 2100 Broadcast Writing Bootcamp 1 1
JOU 3101 Reporting 1 3
JOU 3220C Visual Journalism 1 3
MMC 2450 Data Literacy for Communicators (Critical Tracking) 1 1
Select one: 3
Foreign language 1
Quantitative option
 Credits17
Semester Four
ECO 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences) 4
JOU 3110 Applied Fact Finding (Critical Tracking) 1 3
JOU 3346L Multimedia Reporting 1 3
POS 2041 American Federal Government (Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences) 3
Select one: 3
Foreign language 1
Quantitative option
 Credits16
Semester Five
MMC 3030 Personal Branding for Communicators 1 1
Select one: 3
Introduction to Public Speaking 1
Oral Performance of Literature 1 1
STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Mathematics) 1 3
First JOU specialization course 1 3
Outside concentration course 3
Professional electives 1 4
 Credits17
Semester Six
MMC 3203 Ethics and Problems in Mass Communications (Critical Tracking) 1 3
MMC 3254 Media Entrepreneurship 1 1
Outside concentration course 3
Professional electives 1 5
Second JOU specialization course 1 3
 Credits15
Semester Seven
MMC 4200 Law of Mass Communication (Critical Tracking) 1 3
Elective (outside college) 3
English elective (Writing Requirement: 6,000 words) 1 3
Professional electives 1 5
 Credits14
Semester Eight
JOU 4950 Applied Journalism (Critical Tracking) 1 3
Electives (outside college) 5
Outside concentration courses 6
 Credits14
 Total Credits124
1

Minimum grade of C required. 


The journalism curriculum provides a foundation in reporting, writing, numeracy, the use of public records, First Amendment/media law, history of media, and storytelling in a variety of platforms. Specialized coursework is offered in a variety of subjects, and the curriculum is designed to allow flexibility for faculty to develop curriculum in evolving areas (such is the case for the robust development of courses in data journalism and coding, both areas that did not exist several years ago).

Skills developed are applicable to traditional platforms of journalism, as well as new, hybrid, or non-traditional forms of media. Learning outcomes prepare students for the challenges of culturally diverse and technologically changing marketplaces.

The department has two specializations:

Journalism

Students learn base skills required for journalism- and journalism-related careers. Students gain a foundation in reporting, writing, public records, and more, and they all develop a two-course specialization in their area of interest (such as photojournalism, coding, data journalism, specialized reporting, magazine writing, and more). Students come together after these two-course specializations to work in small teams in a common capstone that emphasizes advanced project work.

Sports and Media

While still having roots in traditional journalism, this curriculum has an emphasis on sports-related coursework across the college’s departments. Students are prepared for a variety of careers in sports media. Students are required to do an internship in this curriculum, which can serve as a capstone experience.

Before Graduating Students Must

  • Complete requirements for the baccalaureate degree, as determined by faculty.

Students in the Major Will Learn to

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Content

  1. Apply basic numerical and statistical concepts used by journalists.

Critical Thinking

  1. Conduct research and evaluation information that is accessible through advanced database and public records.
  2. Demonstrate reporting skills that reflect a diverse and pluralistic society.
  3. Understand and apply the principles and laws of freedom of speech and press.

Communication

  1. Write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the journalism and communications professions and audiences.

Curriculum Map

I = Introduced; R = Reinforced; A = Assessed

Courses SLO 1 SLO 2 SLO 3 SLO 4 SLO 5
MMC 2604 I I I
MMC 2121 I
MMC 2450 I
VIC 3001 R
JOU 3101 R R R R R
JOU 3110 A
JOU 3346 A R A A
JOU 4950 R R R R R
MMC 4200 A

Assessment Types

  • Exams
  • Story Evaluation