Jun 19, 2024  
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Journalism, Visual Communication Concentration, B.S.

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Journalism and Strategic Media  
Leslie Haines, program coordinator

Visual Communication involves all the elements of visual communication, from traditional typography to digitized design for newsletters, newspapers, magazines, and the Web. The concentration’s emphasis is information design, including print and interactive media that deliver information, opinion, and entertainment via printed online and digital media ranging from informational graphics, brochures, books, magazines, and newspapers to production in various multimedia forms, including the Internet.

Students should check the prerequisites for each course.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Journalism, Visual Communication, B.S., Academic Map   

Degree Requirements

General Education 41 hours
Major Requirements 47 hours*
Auxiliary Courses 9 hours
Minor 15-18 hours
Electives 5-11 hours
TOTAL 120 hours

*This program requires courses that can also fulfill requirements of the General Education curriculum. If program requirements are also used to fulfill General Education requirements, the number of elective hours will increase.

General Education (41 hours)

General Education  requirements (shown in curricular listings below) include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences.

The following course required by the program meets General Education requirements:

Major Requirements (47 hours)

School of Journalism and Strategic Media Core (14 hours)

Writing/Design Requirements (9 hours)

Conceptual Requirements (9 hours)

Senior Courses (6 hours)

Auxiliary Major Requirements (9 hours)

Minor (15-18 hours)

  • Selected from outside the School of Journalism and Strategic Media and the Department of Media Arts with advisor approval.

Electives (5-11 hours)

  • Students in the School of Journalism and Strategic Media (SOJSM) must complete 72 hours of approved coursework from outside SOJSM or Media Arts courses. Students must select at least nine hours of liberal arts/social sciences (beyond General Education); at least six hours of liberal arts/social science electives must come from courses at the 3000-level or higher.

Curriculum: Journalism, Visual Communication Concentration

Curricular listings include General Education  requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematic, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Majors must have a C (2.00) or better in all Media and Entertainment courses.


Subtotal: 30 Hours

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Subtotal: 28 Hours

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