B.A. in Journalism & PR

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree: 120 units

Taken directly from the 2014-2015 University Catalog

See Bachelor's Degree Requirements 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 for both the Public Relations and News options to help students meet all graduation requirements within four years. Please click on the desired journalism option below to view the MAP and other current advising information on the CSU, Chico Web.

Major Academic Plan for Public Relations

Major Academic Plan for News

General Education Pathway Requirements: 48 units

See General Education in the University Catalog and the Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education Pathway Requirements and course offerings.

  • JOUR 260, JOUR 321, and JOUR 341 are approved GE Writing Intensive Substitutions.

Diversity Course Requirements: 6 units

See Diversity Requirements in the University Catalog. Most courses taken to satisfy these requirements may also apply to General Education .

Literacy Requirement:

See Mathematics and Writing Requirements in the University Catalog. Writing proficiency in the major is a graduation requirement and may be demonstrated through satisfactory completion of a course in your major which has been designated as the Writing Proficiency (WP) course for the semester in which you take the course. Students who earn below a C- are required to repeat the course and earn a C- or higher to receive WP credit. See the Class Schedule for the designated WP courses for each semester. You must pass ENGL 130I or JOUR 130I (or equivalent) with a C- or higher before you may register for a WP course.

Course Requirements for the Major: 40-41 units

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

National accreditation standards require a journalism major to take a 40/41-unit journalism/communication curriculum. Of the 120-unit degree program, 72 units must be taken outside the journalism/communication curriculum. The following courses, if taken as General Education or upper-division pathway, will apply to the 72 outside units: CMST 131, CMST 132, CMST 255, CMST 334. Community college transfer students may apply 9 units (e.g., JOUR 101, JOUR 244, and JOUR 260) to the 40/41-unit major.

COMPLETE J&PR COURSE DESCRIPTIONS are available in the current Chico State catalog.

Major Core Program: 12 units

4 courses required:

Students must earn a grade of C or higher in JOUR 260 to advance to subsequent writing courses in the Department of Journalism.

This course is also offered as CDES 101 .

OR (the following course may be substituted for the above)

Prerequisites: ENGL 130.
Prerequisites: JOUR 101, JOUR 260. For Option in News: JOUR 321. For Option in Public Relations: JOUR 341.

Formal Minor Requirement

All Journalism majors are required to complete a formal minor in a department outside the School of Communication.  GE Pathway minors do not fulfill this requirement.

Major Option Course Requirements: 28-29 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.  Use the links below to jump to your chosen option.



The Option in News: 28-29 units

4 courses required:

Prerequisites: JOUR 101, JOUR 260.
Prerequisites: ENGL 130I or JOUR 130I (or equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, HIST 130, JOUR 260, POLS 155.
Prerequisites: JOUR 260.
Prerequisites: JOUR 260; JOUR 327 or JOUR 341; or faculty permission.

17-18 units selected from:

Group A

2 courses selected from:

Prerequisites: ENGL 130I.
This course is also offered as WMST 211 .
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of JOUR 260 for Journalism majors.
This course is also offered as POLS 244 .
Prerequisites: JOUR 260.
Prerequisites: JOUR 260.
Prerequisites: CMST 131, CMST 330, CMST 331, CMST 350, and CMST 370 with a grade of C- or higher for CMST majors only.
This course is also offered as CMST 424 , POLS 424 .
Prerequisites: CMST 131, CMST 330, CMST 331, CMST 350, and CMST 370 with a grade of C- or higher for CMST majors only.
This course is also offered as CMST 428 , POLS 428 .

Group B

11-12 units selected from:

Prerequisites: JOUR 260.
Prerequisites: JOUR 260; JOUR 327 or JOUR 341; or faculty permission.
Prerequisites: JOUR 329 and faculty permission.
Prerequisites: JOUR 260.
Prerequisites: JOUR 260 for majors, no prerequisite for non-majors.
Prerequisites: JOUR 255, JOUR 260.
Prerequisites: ARTS 240 or APCG 112 or CDES 206 or JOUR 353.
Prerequisites: JOUR 355.
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

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

JOUR 489 is repeatable, with instructor and advisor permission, up to 3 units.

The Option in Public Relations: 28-29 units

5 courses required:

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of JOUR 260 for Journalism majors.
This course is also offered as POLS 244 .
Prerequisites: ENGL 130I or JOUR 130I (or equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, JOUR 244, JOUR 260.
Prerequisite: JOUR 244.
Prerequisites: JOUR 244, JOUR 260, JOUR 341, JOUR 342.
Prerequisites: JOUR 244, JOUR 260, JOUR 341, JOUR 344.

14 units selected from:

Group A

2 courses selected from:

Prerequisites: ENGL 130I.
This course is also offered as WMST 211 .
Prerequisites: JOUR 101, JOUR 260.
Prerequisites: JOUR 260.
Prerequisites: JOUR 260.
Prerequisites: CMST 131, CMST 330, CMST 331, CMST 350, and CMST 370 with a grade of C- or higher for CMST majors only.
This course is also offered as CMST 424 , POLS 424 .

Group B

8-9 units selected from:

Prerequisites: ENGL 130I or JOUR 130I (or equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, HIST 130, JOUR 260, POLS 155.
Prerequisites: JOUR 260.
Prerequisites: JOUR 260.
Prerequisites: JOUR 260; JOUR 327 or JOUR 341; or faculty permission.
Prerequisites: JOUR 260.
Prerequisites: JOUR 260 for majors, no prerequisite for non-majors.
Prerequisites: JOUR 255, JOUR 260.
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
Prerequisites: JOUR 244, JOUR 260, JOUR 341, JOUR 344, JOUR 445.
Prerequisites: JOUR 244, JOUR 260, JOUR 341, JOUR 344.
Prerequisites: ARTS 240 or APCG 112 or CDES 206 or JOUR 353.
Prerequisites: JOUR 355.
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

JOUR 329 and JOUR 445 are repeatable, with instructor and advisor permission, for a total of 4 units: 2 units for the option core, 2 units toward Group B.

JOUR 399 and JOUR 489 are repeatable, with instructor and advisor permission, up to 3 units.

Substitutions in course electives or prerequisites for either major option may be allowed with permission of the department chair.

Electives Requirement:

To complete the total units required for the bachelor's degree, select additional elective courses from the total University offerings. You should consult with an advisor regarding the selection of courses which will provide breadth to your University experience and possibly apply to a supportive second major or minor.

Grading Requirement:

All courses taken to fulfill major course requirements must be taken for a letter grade except those courses specified by the department as Credit/No Credit grading only.

Advising Requirement:

Advising is mandatory for all majors in this degree program. Consult your undergraduate advisor for specific information.