3380 Journalism

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism
    • Concentration in Print Journalism
    • Concentration in Public Relations
    • Concentration in Telecommunication
  • Minor in Journalism

Department of Communication
8th floor, 25 Park Place

David Cheshier, Chair
Greg Lisby, Associate Chair
Doug Barthlow, Undergraduate Director

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. Majors are offered in the areas of film and video, journalism, and speech.

Journalism is the study of the collection, evaluation, and dissemination of current information and opinion. The journalism major seeks to prepare students for newspaper and magazine careers (print journalism), radio and television careers (telecommunication), or public relations careers. In addition, the courses in journalism are designed to be useful electives for students planning to enter other vocations who wish to become media-literate individuals.

Credit for special projects and internships is available in all majors and concentrations. Internships enable students who already have completed the appropriate course work and have met departmental eligibility criteria to take advantage of expertise in a variety of professional sectors in the metropolitan area and to tailor programs to their specific career goals.

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.

College and University Degree Requirements

In addition to the Major Eligibility Requirements for Journalism, students must fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements (see section 3030) and the University Degree Requirements (see section 1400).

Program Financial Information

Effective summer 2009, lab fees will be assessed automatically for students who register for certain courses. As a result, students will no longer be required to purchase lab fee cards. For more information, please feel free to contact the department or review the GoSolar or catalog course listings to determine if a course includes a lab fee.

B.A. in Journalism

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Major Field (18)

  1. Lang 1002 Elementary Foreign Language II (3)
    (See “Foreign Language Requirement for B.A. and B.I.S. Majors,” previously described.)
  2. Required Courses (minimum grade of “C” required.) (12)
  3. Electives: Select one course (3)
    AAS 2010, ANTH 2020, ECON 2105, ECON 2106, FILM 2700, Lang 1001 (if no previous experience with language), Lang 2001, Lang 2002, GEOG 1101, HIST 1111, HIST 1112, HIST 1140, HIST 2110, MUA 1500, MUA 1930, PHIL 2010, POLS 2101, POLS 2401, PSYC 1101, SOCI 1101, SOCI 1160, SPCH 1010, THEA 2040, WGSS 2010

* Students must have a 2.5 grade-point average in these Area F JOUR courses to be eligible for the Journalism major and to take 3000-4000-level JOUR courses. (See Major Eligibility Requirements above.)

Area G: Major Courses (24)

  1. Major Requirements (6)
    • JOUR 3060 Communication Law and Regulation (3)
    • JOUR 3070 Introduction to Theories of Mass Communication (3)
  2. Areas of Concentration: Choose one of the following concentrations to complete remaining hours of the major. (18)
    • Print Concentration
      1. Required Courses to fulfill CTW requirement (6)
        • JOUR 3010 Advanced Media Writing-CTW  (3) and
        • JOUR 4040 History of the News Media-CTW  (3)
      2. Media Practice: Select two courses. (6)
      3. Media Studies: Select one course. (3)
      4. Concentration Elective (3)
        • Select either JOUR 4980 (Internship) or one additional media studies course. (3)
    • Public Relations Concentration
      1. Concentration Requirements (9)
        • JOUR 3500 Introduction to Public Relations Techniques (3)
        • JOUR 3950 Public Relations Research (3)
        • JOUR 4540 Cases and Problems in Public Relations (3)
      2. Media Practice: Select one course. (3)
      3. Required Courses to fulfill CTW requirement. (6)
        • JOUR 3560 Public Relations Writing and Projects-CTW (3) and
        • JOUR 4040 History of News Media-CTW (3) or
        • JOUR 4800 Media, Ethics and Society-CTW (3)
    • Telecommunication Concentration
      1. Concentration Requirements (7)
        • JOUR 3700 Introduction to Telecommunication (3)
        • JOUR 4700 Telecommunication Production I (4)
      2. Media Practice: Select two courses. (6)
      3. Required Courses to fulfill CTW requirement. (6)

Area H: Minor and Additional Courses

Majors in the Department of Communication’s three B.A. programs must select a minor consisting of at least 15 hours of courses in a discipline within the Department of Communication other than the major (journalism, film/video, or speech) or in another academic department/school/institute that offers a baccalaureate degree. At least nine semester hours of minor courses must be at the 3000 level or above, unless otherwise specified by the minor-granting department/school/institute. A grade of C or higher is required in all minor courses.

Minor in Journalism

Students who wish to minor in one of the department’s three programs must take 15-18 hours in the specific area, including at least nine semester hours at the 3000 level or above. Students taking more than 15 hours in courses in the specific area may count the additional hours toward their electives or may consider completing a double major. A grade of C or higher is required in all courses counting toward the minor. Students wishing to take 3000-4000 level Journalism courses (i.e., JOUR) as part of a minor must first request departmental registration approval.