Aug 17, 2022  
UofM 2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
UofM 2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Journalism (B.A.)

The Bachelor of Arts in Journalism trains students to become professionals in the news industry. Journalism graduates typically work at magazines, newspapers, television stations and online news outlets as anchors, content creators, editors, photographers, producers, reporters and social media managers. Journalism students take 51 hours of credit from Journalism and Strategic Media.

Within the journalism major, students have high flexibility to craft a plan of study that suits their career goals. For example, students interested in sports journalism should take JOUR 4150, 4155, 4124, and JRSM 4704. Students should consult with their academic adviser to develop a plan of study to fit their needs.

Students are strongly encouraged to use elective hours to obtain a minor. Minors should coordinate with the student’s career goals and should advance their understanding of a reporting area. Students should consult with their academic adviser when selecting a minor.

University General Education Program (41 hours)

See Graduation from the University  for the University General Education Program requirements.

College and Degree (B.A.) Requirements (6-9 hours)

The College and Bachelor of Arts requirements  are in addition to the University General Education Program requirements that are listed above.

Journalism and Strategic Media Core (21 hours)

Internship or Practicum

Core Elective

Journalism Major (30 hours):

Journalism Core (15 hours)

Foundational Reporting (3 hours)

Writing/Reporting and Production Electives (12 hours)


Completion of courses to bring the total to 120 semester hours.

Typical 4-Year Journalism Sequence

Freshman Year

Semester Totals 30 hrs

Sophomore Year

Semester Totals 31 hrs

Junior Year

  • JOUR writing/reporting elective (3)
  • JOUR production elective (3)
  • History (3)
  • Natural Science* (4)
  • Humanities/Fine Arts (3)*

  • JRSM elective (3)
  • JRSM Core Elective (3)
  • Credit Hours: (3)
  • Elective/Minor (3)
  • Elective/Minor (3)

Semester Totals 31 hrs

Senior Year

Semester Totals 30 hrs

Total Hours: 120

Hours Required for Graduation: 120

*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement

**JRSM 1700  fulfills Social Science General Education Requirement