May 20, 2024  
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Journalism, Media Studies Concentration, B.S.

Journalism and Strategic Media  
Katie Foss, program coordinator

The Journalism major with a Media Studies concentration is designed for students who enjoy discussing, analyzing, and writing about film, television, advertising, and other media. In this concentration, students think about the interplay between media and society, exploring the messages in historical and contemporary media content, as well as examining how and why media influence audience perception and behavior.

Students should check the prerequisites for each course.

Academic Map

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

Journalism, Media Studies, B.S., Academic Map   

Degree Requirements

General Education 41 hours
Major Requirements 47 hours*
Minor 15-18 hours
Electives 14-20 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 meet General Education requirements:

Major Requirements (47 hours)

School of Journalism and Strategic Media Core (14 hours)

Writing/Research/Design/Professional (12-15 hours)

Conceptual Requirements (18-21 hours)

Choose courses from this list to total at least 18 hours or a maximum of 21 hours; at least 9 hours must be JOUR or ADV 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 (14-20 hours)

  • Students in the School of Journalism and Strategic Media (SOJSM) must complete 72 hours of coursework from outside SOJSM or Department of 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, Media Studies

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

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


Subtotal: 31 Hours


Subtotal: 31 Hours


Subtotal: 30 Hours


Subtotal: 28 Hours