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  Jul 20, 2017
 
University General Course Catalog 2012-2013 ARCHIVED CATALOG: LINKS AND CONTENT ARE OUT OF DATE. CHECK WITH YOUR ADVISOR.

Journalism, B.A.


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PRE-MAJOR AND MAJOR STATUS

Students may declare a Journalism major at any time by completing a Declaration of Major form and submitting it to the dean’s office. Beginning journalism students maintain Pre-Journalism status until the following requirements are met:

  1. Sophomore standing (30 units completed).
  2. An overall grade point average of 2.5 or higher and a journalism grade point average of 2.5 or higher.
  3. Completion of JOUR 101 JOUR 107 JOUR 108 JOUR 207  , and JOUR 208  with a grade of “C” or better in each and a GPA of 2.5 in the five classes. NOTE: Each of these classes may be repeated only once.
  4. Submission of a completed major application form.

Journalism majors must maintain these GPAs to remain in the major. A major will revert to Pre-Major status whenever either the journalism or overall GPA’s fall below 2.5. After two consecutive semesters below 2.5 in either GPA, the student may be removed from the major.

I. University Core Curriculum Requirements (36-46 units)


NOTE: Refer to the Core Curriculum  chapter of this catalog for information regarding the “Core English and Math Completion Policy”.

A. English (3-8 units)


Refer to the “English” section of the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog. 

NOTE: Students who place into ENG 102  are not required to complete ENG 101 .

B. Mathematics (3-6 units)


Refer to the “Mathematics” section of the Core Curriculum  chapter of this catalog. 

C. Natural Sciences (6-8 units)


Refer to the “Natural Sciences” section of the Core Curriculum  chapter of this catalog for a list of appropriate courses. At least one Group A course is required. 

E. Fine Arts (3 units)


Refer to the “Fine Arts” section of the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog. 

F. Core Humanities (9 units)


Refer to the “Core Humanities” section of the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog. 

G. Capstone Courses (6 units)


Journalism students may not use any required journalism course, including JOUR 401 , to satisfy this requirement. At least one of the two Capstone courses required must be taken outside the School of Journalism.

H. Diversity (3 units)


Refer to the “Diversity” section of the Core Curriculum  chapter of this catalog. 

II. Additional School Requirements (37-41 units)


Courses used to fulfill Core Curriculum requirements may not be reused in Additional School Requirements except for a few Diversity courses.

A. Foreign Language (4-8 units)


Must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language equal to a second-semester course level by:

(a) completion of a second-semester college course in a foreign language, 
(b) placement examination or other means through the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

Note(s):


  1. First-semester foreign language courses are prerequisites for the courses listed above. 
  2. Four years of high school foreign language instruction does not satisfy this requirement.

B. Liberal Arts and Sciences Requirements (15 units)


At least 65 of the 120 required units must be taken in the Liberal Arts.

Literature (3 units)


Note(s):


The number of units required in the Liberal Arts and Sciences Requirement varies based upon the minor or second major selected by each student.  Many students must complete more than the minimum 12 units required here to complete the 65 units in the Liberal Arts requirement.  

Choose additional Liberal Arts and Sciences courses from any of the following prefixes: AM, ANTH, ART, AST, BASQ, CHEM, CHI, CH, COM, DAN, ECON, ENG, ENV, ETS, FLL, FREN, GEOG, GEOL, GER, HGPS, HIST, HON, IAFF, ITAL, JPN, MATH, MUS, PHIL, PHYS, PSC, PSY, RST, SOC, SPAN, THTR, & WMST.

Students may also be required to complete some general elective coursework to reach the 120 total units required for graduation.

C. Outside Field of Study (18 units minimum)


All Journalism majors are required to complete one of the following:

  1. A minor field of study
  2. A dual major

III. Major Requirements (36 units)


The 36 Journalism major units include:

  • 21 Journalism Core units
  • 15 Journalism Elective units

12 of the required 36 units must be earned in courses numbered 400-499.

B. Journalism Electives (15 units)


Any upper-division journalism course, not in the Journalism Core, may apply here. In consultation with a journalism advisor, students will select one of the following emphases and choose at least 9 units from the selected emphasis in partial fulfillment of the 15-unit Journalism elective requirement.

IV. Minor Requirements


See “C. Outside Field of Study” above in “Section II. Additional School Requirements”.

V. Electives (0-11 units)


VI. Total Units (120 units)


VII. Recommended Schedule


Due to the sequential nature of the prerequisites for many upper-division courses, students who begin their journalism courses after the second freshman semester are advised that completing the journalism curriculum may delay their planned date of graduation, especially if following a career emphasis.

A. First Year


First Semester (16-18 units)


Second Semester (14 units)


B. Second Year


First Semester (14 units)


Second Semester (16 units)


C. Third Year


First Semester (15 units)


Second Semester (15 units)


  • JOUR Emphasis course (3 units)
  • JOUR Elective (3 units)
  • Minor course (3 units)
  • Literature course (3 units)
  • General Elective if needed (3 units)

D. Fourth Year


First Semester (15 units)


Second Semester (15 units)


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