Program Structure


The Major in Journalism explores the art of storytelling in the digital age. The program offers a variety of courses that allow students to develop storytelling skills using multi-media tools, including video, photography, sound, and social media platforms. The program promotes strong writing skills, the exploration of media ethics and the influence of new media in society. The program is designed for students with an interest in professional journalism and digital content production.

Journalism Major: Core Courses & Electives

Students must complete 36 credit hours in Journalism Courses. All students majoring in Journalism are encouraged to consult with an academic advisor when choosing courses. What follows is a guide to the structure of the program.

1000 Level
The goal is to gain fundamental writing skills and an understanding the role journalism plays in society through exposure to important works of journalism.

Core Courses

JOUR 1113 – Fundamentals of Writing

JOUR 1023 – Great Stories of Journalism

2000 Level
The goal is to prepare students to tell stories in journalistic form through the study of ethics and law, various new media technologies, and fundamentals of reporting.

Core Courses

JOUR 2113 – Toolbox 1

JOUR 2063 – Ethics and Law

JOUR 2123 – Toolbox 2

JOUR 2033 – Local Reporting

3000 Level
The goal is to offer students core courses in digital journalism, podcasting and advanced writing, and variety of elective courses that allow them to pursue their own interests in various forms of journalism such as photography, documentary, commentary, business and food reporting.

Core Courses

JOUR 3153 – Digital Journalism

JOUR 3023 – Radio and Podcasting

JOUR 3033 – The Power of Narrative


JOUR 3013 – Through the Lens

JOUR 3143 – Documentary

JOUR 3173 – Interviewing

JOUR 3163 – New Media and Social Change

JOUR 3703 – Commentary Journalism

JOUR 3803 – Business Journalism

Cross-Listed Courses

ENGL 2783 – Literary Non-Fiction: The Art of Fact

ENGL 3563 – Drama and its Critics

4000 Level
In the final year of the program, journalism students will be challenged with assignments that require advanced research, writing and production skills appropriate to the practice of good journalism. A capstone Senior Seminar in Journalism is a required course for the Journalism major. In addition, students are encouraged to take the elective Internship course, which provides an opportunity to gain practical experience in a professional setting.

Core Course

JOUR 4106 – Senior Seminar in Journalism


JOUR 4116 – Journalism in the Field

Course Descriptions

JOUR-1113. Fundamentals of Effective Writing

Vigorous and clear writing is the foundation for all forms of digital journalism and new media production. This writing intensive course develops fundamental skills for effective writing and storytelling. This is a required course for all students pursuing a major in Digital Journalism and New Media.


JOUR-2033. Local Reporting, Global Media

This course explores the art of reporting and storytelling, allowing students to create and digitally publish local stories that become part of a global media network.

JOUR-2113. The Toolbox 1: New Media

This course introduces students to multi-media storytelling, including recording and editing sound and video.

JOUR-2123. The Toolbox 2: Mobile Media

This course introduces students to media production and storytelling, publication, podcasting and broadcasting using mobile technology and social media.

JOUR-3013. Through the Lens

This course will explore the use of photography and video in new media, and how stories are told through the lens.

JOUR-3023. Radio and Podcasting

This course explores the enduring power and influence of radio, and will allow students to produce podcasts and programming for a campus and community radio network.

JOUR-3033. The Power of Narrative

This course explores the use of narrative in various media, and how storytelling remains the primary form of communication in the multi-media world.

JOUR-3143. Documentary

This course introduces students to the art of documentary in various media. The course will explore the history of documentary and the resurgence of the art form in the digital age. Students will produce a short documentary as part of the course work.

JOUR-3153. Digital Journalism

This course explores developments in digital journalism that have fundamentally changed the nature of publishing and journalism, and the role of journalism in the new media landscape.

JOUR-3163. New Media and Social Change (COPP)

This course explores how the new media and social media are contributing to political and social change around the world.

JOUR-3173. Interviewing and the Art of Inquiry

This course explores the art of the interview and the art of inquiry, allowing students to understand how to effectively ask and answer questions.

JOUR-3703. Commentary Journalism & Public Opinion
Students in this course will explore theoretical issues in journalistic commentary and learn fundamental skills related to the writing or production of print and spoken word editorials. In the process, the course will focus on examples of journalistic commentaries of the past century that have shaped and directed public opinion, the power that drives political, social, and cultural change. Classes will include lectures, group projects, and one-on-one skills development with the professor. Prerequisites: JOUR 1113 OR COPP 2013, or by permission of instructor.

JOUR-3803. Business Journalism: Following the Money
This course examines the fundamentals of business and economic reporting to demystify economics - macro and micro; financial markets, and international trade. It provides basic reporting expertise, including how to conduct interviews to reading balance sheets, annual reports, and financial statements. Other topics may include covering specific beats such as labor, workplace issues, small business, banking, taxation, real estate, and personal finance.


JOUR-4106. Senior Seminar in Journalism
Students will produce community-based digital journalism projects supervised by faculty and explore the ethics of producing journalism in the public interest.


JOUR-4116. Journalism in the Field

Students will pursue experiential learning opportunities in journalism. These opportunities might include work in the student press, a professional newsroom, or the creation of a new digital publication.