B.A. in Journalism

Program Information

The disciplines of communication are concerned with the processes and effects of human communication in a variety of contexts ranging from interpersonal communication through the mass media. The Department of Communication provides courses of study that develop knowledge and skills in managing face-to-face communication, knowledge about the nature and social functions of the mass media, and the skills necessary for communication careers. Journalism is the study of the collection, evaluation, and dissemination of current information and opinion.

Major Maps

Major Maps provide information about classes, co-curricular opportunities, advisement and assistance, and much more. Explore a year-by-year guide through this major and beyond by clicking here.

Suggested Schedule of Courses

This is a suggested 4-year schedule of courses based on degree requirements in the current catalog

This guide is not a substitute for academic advisement – contact your advisement office if you have any questions about scheduling or about your degree requirements.   Also see the Undergraduate Catalog for a complete list of requirements and electives to choose from.

Students may choose to attend a summer term to reduce their course load during fall or spring semesters but still stay on track to graduate in four years.

If considering this major, these classes will allow you to explore this option before making a decision: FILM 2700SPCH 1000 and JOUR 1000.

Major Eligibility Requirements

Effective fall semester 2013, to be eligible for the Journalism major and to enroll in 3000-4000 level Journalism courses (i.e., JOUR courses), students must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete all courses with the JOUR prefix that are in Journalism’s Area F (with a minimum grade of “C”) and
  • Earn a 2.5 grade-point average in all Area F JOUR courses. This GPA will be calculated based on the first attempt at these JOUR courses at Georgia State University. WFs counts as an attempt. Transfer students who transfer these course(s) into Georgia State, may use the grades in the transferred course(s) to calculate the GPA or they may attempt them once at Georgia State.

Once a student is eligible to take 3000-4000 Journalism courses, they remain eligible to take them as long as they are eligible to enroll at Georgia State University.


Year 1

Term 1

Course Hours

ENGL 1101

3

Area C Elective

3

MATH 1101 or Higher

3

GSU 1010

1

Area D Course

4
Total Hours 14

Term 2

Course Hours

ENGL 1102

3

HIST 2110

3

JOUR 1000

3

Area B Elective

2

Area D Course

4
Total Hours 15

Notes

Minimum 2.5 GPA required in first attempt at JOUR 1000, 1010 and 2500 to progress to 3000/4000 level JOUR major courses and to declare required concentration. Minimum grade of C required in JOUR 1000, JOUR 1010, JOUR 2500 and SPCH 1500. 


Year 2

Term 1

Course Hours

JOUR 1010

3

Area F Elective

3

Area B Elective

2

SPCH 1500

3

Area D Math/Science Elective

3

Area E Social Science Elective

3
Total Hours 17

Term 2

Course Hours

POLS 1101

3

JOUR 2500

3

Area C Elective

3

Area E Global Issues Elective

3

LANG 1002

3
Total Hours 15

Notes

Minimum 2.5 GPA required in first attempt at JOUR 1000, 1010 and 2500 to progress to 3000/4000 level JOUR major courses and to declare required concentration. Minimum grade of C required in JOUR 1000, JOUR 1010, JOUR 2500 and SPCH 1500. 


Year 3

Term 1

Course Hours

JOUR 3060

3

JOUR 3070

3

Minor Course

3

Minor Course

3

Area H Elective

3
Total Hours 15

Term 2

Course Hours

Area G Elective

3

Area G Elective

3

Minor Course

3

Area H Elective

3

Area H Elective

3
Total Hours 15

Year 4

Term 1

Course Hours

JOUR 3010 or JOUR 3560

3

Area G Elective

3

Minor Course

3

Area H Elective

3

Area H Elective

3
Total Hours 15

Term 2

Course Hours

JOUR 4040 or JOUR 4080

3

Area G Elective

3

Minor Course

3

Area H Elective

3

Area H Elective

3
Total Hours 15