3380 Journalism

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism
    • Concentration in Media and Society
    • Concentration in Multimedia Reporting
    • Concentration in Public Relations
  • Minor in Journalism

Department of Communication
8th floor, 25 Park Place
404/413-5600
communication.gsu.edu

Greg Lisby, Chair
Jaye Atkinson and Greg Smith, Associate Chairs
Doug Barthlow, Undergraduate Director

The Department of Communication offers courses that explore the processes and effects of human communication in a variety of contexts ranging from interpersonal communication to the dissemination of information through the mass media. The Department of Communication offers courses of study that develop knowledge and skills in managing face-to-face communication, the nature and social functions of the mass media, and the tools necessary for communication careers. Majors are offered in the areas of film and video, journalism, and speech.

Journalism is the practice of collecting, evaluating, and disseminating current, relevant information and opinion. The journalism major prepares students for a variety of careers as multimedia news producers or public relations practitioners. Journalism courses are also useful electives for students planning to enter other vocations who wish to deepen and expand their media-literacy.

Credit for special projects and internships is available in all majors. Internships provide students who have already completed all other requirements to gain experience in a variety of professional sectors in the metropolitan area and to tailor programs to their specific career goals.

Visit the major maps for this program  at cas.gsu.edu/major/journalism/ for a year-by-year overview of class info, co-curricular opportunities, advisement and assistance, and much more.

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.)

Media and Society Concentration: Area G (24)

  1. Critical Thinking Through Writing:
    • Required CTW – JOUR 3010 Advanced Media Writing (3)
    • Choice of capstone CTW: JOUR 4040 History of News Media or JOUR 4800 Media, Ethics & Society (3)
  2. Required core courses:
    • JOUR 3060 Mass Comm Law & Regulation (3)
    • JOUR 3900 Digital Publishing & Production (3)
  3. Choice of four Media Studies courses:

Multimedia Reporting Concentration: Area G (24)

  1. Critical Thinking Through Writing:
    • Required CTW – JOUR 3010 Advanced Media Writing (3)
    • Choice of capstone CTW: JOUR 4040 History of News Media or JOUR 4800 Media, Ethics & Society (3)
  2. Required Core courses
  3. Experiential Learning:
    • Mandatory course: JOUR 4030 Practicum (2)
    • Choice of two others to reach six credits for Experiential Learning:
  4. Advanced Media Practice choice of two optional courses to reach 24 credits:

Public Relations Concentration: Area G (24)

  1. Critical Thinking Through Writing:
    • Required CTW – JOUR 3560 Public Relations Writing & Projects (3)
    • Choice of capstone CTW: JOUR 4040 History of News Media or JOUR 4800 Media, Ethics & Society (3)
  2. Mandatory core course: JOUR 3060 Mass Comm Law & Regulation (3)
  3. Concentration mandatory core courses:
  4. Choice of one course to reach 24 credits:

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.

Graduation with Distinction in the Major

This unit offers undergraduate students with the opportunity to earn the designation of graduation with distinction in the major. Please contact the undergraduate director for the specific criteria for this honor.