BA in Communication - Journalism Emphasis

Program Requirements

A minimum total of 120 credit hours is required for the BA in communication - journalism emphasis. Students majoring in communication must maintain a 2.500 grade point average (overall and in the major), and complete a minimum of 45 credit hours in communication, including 21 credit hours in the communication core. At least 24 credit hours must be in the following structured emphasis area. In addition to meeting the requirements of the WSU General Education Program and the requirements of Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, students in the BA in communication - journalism emphasis must take the following courses:

Course Title Hours
Communication Core Courses
COMM 130Communication and Society3
or COMM 190 Introduction to Human Communication
COMM 301Writing for the Mass Audience3
COMM 325Speaking in Business and the Professions3
COMM 535Communication Analysis and Criticism3
COMM 305Visual Technologies3
or COMM 306 Introduction to Multimedia
Select two of the following:6
Communication Research and Inquiry
Communication Law and Responsibility
Historical and Theoretical Issues in Communication
Journalism Emphasis Courses
COMM 401Reporting the News3
COMM 510Editing For Print3
COMM 512Principles of Video Production3
COMM 500Advanced News and Feature Writing3
or COMM 622 Studio B: Live Television News
Select 12 credit hours of journalism-related electives12
Total Credit Hours45

Applied Learning

Students in the BA in communication - journalism program are required to complete an applied learning or research experience to graduate from the program. The requirement can be met by completing COMM 500 Advanced News and Feature Writing or COMM 622 Studio B: Live Television News.