THE BACHELOR OF ARTS IN JOURNALISM

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree: 124 units

See "Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree" in The University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

A suggested Major Academic Plan (MAP) has been prepared to help students meet all graduation requirements within four years. Please request a plan from your major adviser or view it and other current advising information on the CSU, Chico Web.

Please see General Education, Cultural Diversity, American Institutions, and Literacy Requirements under the BA in Communication Studies.

Course Requirements for the Major: 34-35 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree. Additional required courses, depending upon the selected option or advising pattern, are outlined following the degree core program requirements.

National accreditation standards require a journalism major to take a 34/35-unit journalism/communication curriculum. Of the 124-unit degree program, 80 units must be taken outside the journalism/communication curriculum. Overall, 65 of the units must be in liberal arts and sciences. The following courses, if taken as General Education or upper-division theme, will apply to the 80 outside units: CMST 131, CMST 132, CMST 255, CMST 334. Community college transfer students may apply 6 units (e.g., JOUR 260 and JOUR 101) to the 34/35-unit major. Other transfer units in journalism (to a maximum of 9-10) may apply to the 89-90 units beyond the major.

DEGREE CORE PROGRAM: 9 units

2 courses required:
JOUR101Introduction to Communication3.0FS
JOUR260Writing for Mass Media3.0FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 130.
1 course selected from:
JOUR460Ethical Problems in Mass Media3.0FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade or C- or higher, JOUR 101, JOUR 260. For Option in News-Editorial: JOUR 321. For Option in Public Relations: JOUR 341.
JOUR460HEth Probs in Mass Media-Hnrs3.0FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; admission to the Honors in the Major program; JOUR 101, JOUR 260. For Option in News-Editorial: JOUR 321. For Option in Public Relations: JOUR 341.

FORMAL MINOR REQUIREMENT

Journalism majors with options in News-Editorial and Public Relations are required to complete a formal minor in a department outside the School of Communication.

Major Option Course Requirements: 25-26 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required dependent upon the option chosen. Students must select one of the following options for completion of the major course requirements.

THE OPTION IN NEWS-EDITORIAL: 25-26 units

4 courses required:
JOUR320Mass Communication Law3.0FS
Prerequisites: JOUR 101, JOUR 260.
JOUR321Public Affairs Reporting3.0FS
Prerequisites: HIST 130, JOUR 260, POLS 155.
JOUR327News Editing and Copyreading3.0FS
Prerequisites: JOUR 260.
JOUR329Laboratory Newspaper2.0FS
Prerequisites: JOUR 260; JOUR 327 or JOUR 341; or faculty permission. 14-15 units selected from:

Group A

2 courses selected from:
JOUR244Intro to Public Relations3.0FS
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of JOUR 260.
JOUR313International Communication3.0FS
JOUR322History of American Journalism3.0FA
Prerequisites: JOUR 260.
JOUR411Race and Diversity in Media3.0FS
Prerequisites: JOUR 260.
JOUR424Public Opinion and Propaganda3.0FS
Prerequisites: CMST 131, CMST 233, CMST 331, and CMST 255, or CMST 354, or CMST 370 with a grade of C- or higher for CMST majors only.
JOUR428Politics and the Media3.0FA
Prerequisites: CMST 131, CMST 233, CMST 331, and CMST 255, or CMST 354, or CMST 370 with a grade of C- or higher for CMST majors only; faculty permission.

Group B

5-6 units selected from:
JOUR325Magazine Writing3.0FS
Prerequisites: JOUR 260.
JOUR329Laboratory Newspaper2.0FS
Prerequisites: JOUR 260; JOUR 327 or JOUR 341; or faculty permission.
JOUR351Public Relations Publications3.0FA
Prerequisites: JOUR 260; JOUR 244 and JOUR 341 for public relations option; JOUR 321 for news-editorial option.
JOUR355Internet Newspapers/Magazines3.0FS
Prerequisites: JOUR 260.
JOUR429Advanced Feature Writing3.0FS
Prerequisites: JOUR 260; JOUR 321 or 325 for news-editorial option; JOUR 335 or 341 for public relations option.
JOUR489Journalism Internship1.03.0FS
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

JOUR 329 is repeatable, with instructor and adviser permission, up to 4 units to count toward the major: 2 units for the option core; 2 units toward Group B; and up to 4 units as electives.

JOUR 489 is repeatable, with instructor and adviser permission, up to 3 units, with 1 unit counting toward Group B and up to 2 units as electives.

Group C - Visual Literacy

1 course selected from:
JOUR351Public Relations Publications3.0FA
Prerequisites: JOUR 260; JOUR 244 and JOUR 341 for public relations option; JOUR 321 for news-editorial option.
JOUR353Photojournalism3.0FS
Prerequisites: JOUR 260.
JOUR355Internet Newspapers/Magazines3.0FS
Prerequisites: JOUR 260.

NOTE: JOUR 355 may be used to fulfill requirements in either Group B or Group C in the News-Editorial Option. JOUR 351 and JOUR 355 may be used to fulfill requirements in either Group B or Group C in the Public Relations Option.

THE OPTION IN PUBLIC RELATIONS: 25-26 units

4 courses required:
JOUR244Intro to Public Relations3.0FS
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of JOUR 260.
JOUR341Writing for Public Relations3.0FS
Prerequisites: JOUR 244, JOUR 260.
JOUR344Public Relations Strategy3.0FS
Prerequisites: JOUR 244, JOUR 260, JOUR 341.
JOUR445Public Relations Laboratory2.0FS
Prerequisites: JOUR 244, JOUR 260, JOUR 341, JOUR 344. 14 units selected from:

Group A

2 courses selected from:
JOUR313International Communication3.0FS
JOUR320Mass Communication Law3.0FS
Prerequisites: JOUR 101, JOUR 260.
JOUR322History of American Journalism3.0FA
Prerequisites: JOUR 260.
JOUR411Race and Diversity in Media3.0FS
Prerequisites: JOUR 260.
JOUR424Public Opinion and Propaganda3.0FS
Prerequisites: CMST 131, CMST 233, CMST 331, and CMST 255, or CMST 354, or CMST 370 with a grade of C- or higher for CMST majors only.
JOUR447Public Relations Management3.0SP
Prerequisites: JOUR 244, JOUR 260, JOUR 341.

Group B

5-6 units selected from:
CDES313Basic Advertising Copywriting3.0FS
Prerequisites: CDES 103 or JOUR 260.
JOUR321Public Affairs Reporting3.0FS
Prerequisites: HIST 130, JOUR 260, POLS 155.
JOUR325Magazine Writing3.0FS
Prerequisites: JOUR 260.
JOUR327News Editing and Copyreading3.0FS
Prerequisites: JOUR 260.
JOUR329Laboratory Newspaper2.0FS
Prerequisites: JOUR 260; JOUR 327 or JOUR 341; or faculty permission.
JOUR351Public Relations Publications3.0FA
Prerequisites: JOUR 260; JOUR 244 and JOUR 341 for public relations option; JOUR 321 for news-editorial option.
JOUR355Internet Newspapers/Magazines3.0FS
Prerequisites: JOUR 260.
JOUR429Advanced Feature Writing3.0FS
Prerequisites: JOUR 260; JOUR 321 or 325 for news-editorial option; JOUR 335 or 341 for public relations option.
JOUR444Public Relations Laboratory1.0FS
Prerequisites: JOUR 244, JOUR 260, JOUR 341, JOUR 344, JOUR 445.
JOUR445Public Relations Laboratory2.0FS
Prerequisites: JOUR 244, JOUR 260, JOUR 341, JOUR 344.
JOUR489Journalism Internship1.03.0FS
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

JOUR 329 and JOUR 445 are repeatable, with instructor and adviser permission, for a total of 8 units: 2 units for the option core, 2 units toward Group B, and up to 4 units as electives.

JOUR 489 is repeatable, with instructor and adviser permission, up to 3 units, with 1 unit counting toward Group B and 2 units as electives.

Group C - Visual Literacy

1 course selected from:
CDES206Intro Photo Com & Dig Imaging3.0FS
JOUR351Public Relations Publications3.0FA
Prerequisites: JOUR 260; JOUR 244 and JOUR 341 for public relations option; JOUR 321 for news-editorial option.
JOUR353Photojournalism3.0FS
Prerequisites: JOUR 260.
JOUR355Internet Newspapers/Magazines3.0FS
Prerequisites: JOUR 260.

Please see the Electives, Grading, and Advising Requirements under the BA in Communication Studies.

Please see Honors in the Major under the BA in Communication Studies.

NOTE: Students majoring in journalism who elect to complete the minor in Management of Human Resources will take 6 units (instead of 3 units) from the menu titled "These elective courses which reflect the changing composition of the work force." The additional 3 units will take the place of the requirement to take 3 units from courses within the College of Business.