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

Greg Lisby, Chair
Jaye Atkinson and Greg Smith, Associate Chairs
Douglas Barthlow and Rasha Ramzy, Undergraduate Directors

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 media, journalism, and speech communication.

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.

Academic Advisement for Undergraduate Students

Academic advisement for undergraduate students is provided through the University Advisement Center (freshman through junior status/fewer than 90 hours) and the college’s Office of Academic Assistance (senior status/90 or more hours). See section 3040 for additional information.

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” in the first attempt) 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.
  • Courses retaken using the university Repeat to Replace policy are not counted as first attempts.

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 PAWS 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. World Language at the 1002 level or higher (3)
    (See “World Language Requirement for B.A. and B.I.S. Majors,” previously described.)
  2. Required Courses (minimum grade of “C” required.) (12)
    • JOUR 1000 Introduction to Mass Communication (3)*
    • JOUR 1010 Media Writing (3)*
    • JOUR 2500 Foundations of Mass Communication Research  (3)*
    • [Spch 1500] Public Speaking (3)
  3. Electives: Select one course (3)
    AAS 1140, AAS 2010, ANTH 2020, ECON 2105, ECON 2106, FLME 2700, 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, SCOM 1010, THEA 2040, WGSS 2010; World language 1001 (if no previous experience with language), World Lang 2001, World Lang 2002

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

Media and Society Concentration: Area G (24)

  1. Course to fulfill Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) requirement (3):
  2. Required core courses (6):
    • JOUR 3060 Mass Comm Law and Regulation (3)
    • JOUR 3900 Digital Publishing and Production (3)
  3. Select one of the following capstone courses (3):
  4. Select four of the following Media Studies courses:

Multimedia Reporting Concentration: Area G (24)

  1. Course to fulfill Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) requirement (3):
  2. Required Core courses (6):
    • JOUR 3060 Mass Communication Law and Regulation (3)
    • JOUR 3900 Digital Publishing and Production (3)
  3. Experiential Learning (6):
    • Mandatory course: JOUR 4030 Practicum (2-4)
    • Choice of two others to reach six credits for Experiential Learning:
  4. Select one of the following capstone courses (3):
  5. Advanced Media Practice choice of two optional courses to reach 24 credits:

Public Relations Concentration: Area G (24)

  1. Course to fulfill Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) requirement (3):
    • JOUR 3560 Public Relations Writing and Projects-CTW (3)
  2. Mandatory core course (3):
    • JOUR 3060 Mass Comm Law and Regulation (3)
  3. Concentration mandatory core courses:
  4. Select one of the following capstone courses (3):
  5. Experiential Learning (6)
    Select two courses:

    • JOUR 3900 Digital Journalism (3)
    • JOUR 4030 Journalism Practicum (1-3)
    • JOUR 4610 Applied Graphic Communication (3)
    • JOUR 4980 Internship (1-3)
  6. Select from the following 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.

Critical Thinking Through Writing Requirement

As of summer 2015, all students are required to complete one Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) course as part of the major. The university formerly required two CTW courses. Students following previous catalog requirements who have passed one CTW course in the major should consult with their senior academic advisor to determine which courses may be used as a substitution for the other formerly required CTW course. Information on senior advisement in the Office of Academic Assistance is available at

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.