B.A. in Journalism & PR

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree: 120 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 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

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

Taken directly from the 2013-2014 University Catalog

Course Requirements for the Major: 40-41 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. Course descriptions.

National accreditation standards require a journalism major to take a 40/41-unit journalism/communication curriculum. Of the 120-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 40/41-unit major.

Major Core Program: 12 Units

Four Courses Required:

JOUR 101 - Introduction to Communication - 3 Units - FS

This course is also offered as CDES 101

JOUR 255 or JOUR 255i - Media Literacy and Civic Values - 3 Units - FS GE WI=255i (Part of the Science, Technology & Values GE Pathway.)

JOUR 260 - Writing for Mass Media - 3 Units - FS

Prerequisites: JOUR 130 or ENGL 130

JOUR 460 - Ethical Problems in Mass Media - 3 Units - FS

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


Formal Minor Requirement

Journalism majors with options in News and Public Relations are required to complete a formal minor in a department outside of the School of Communication. Pathway minors may be completed, but will not fulfill formal minor requirement.

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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.

The Option in News: 28-29 units

4 Courses Required:

JOUR 320 - Mass Communication Law - 3 Units - S

Prerequisites: JOUR 101, JOUR 260.

JOUR 321 - Public Affairs Reporting - 3 Units - FS WP

Prerequisites: JOUR 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, HIST 130, JOUR 260, POLS 155.

JOUR 327 - News Editing and Copyreading - 3 Units - FS

Prerequisites: JOUR 260.

JOUR 329 - Laboratory Newspaper - 2 Units - FS

Prerequisites: JOUR 260; JOUR 327 or JOUR 341; or faculty permission.

Group A Electives2 Courses Selected From:

JOUR 210 - Pop Culture / Media / Values - 3 Units - FS* GE (Part of Science, Technology & Values GE Pathway.)

Prerequisites: JOUR 130 or ENGL 130.

JOUR 211 - Women/Men/Media - 3 Units - SP* GE (Part of Gender & Sexuality GE Pathway.)

This course is also offered as WMST 211.

JOUR 244 - Intro to Public Relations - 3 Units - FS

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of JOUR 260.

This course is also offered as POLS 144.

JOUR 313 - International Communication - 3 Units - S

JOUR 322 - History of American Journalism - 3 Units - F

Prerequisites: JOUR 260.

JOUR 411 - Race and Diversity in Media - 3 Units - FS

Prerequisites: JOUR 260.

JOUR 424 - Public Opinion and Propaganda - 3 Units - FS

Prerequisites: CMST 131, CMST 330, CMST 331, and CMST 350, and CMST 370 with a grade of C- or higher for CMST majors only.

This course is also offered as CMST 424, and POLS 424.

JOUR 428 - Politics and the Media - 3 Units - F

Prerequisites: CMST 131, CMST 330, CMST 331, and CMST 350, and CMST 370 with a grade of C- or higher for CMST majors only; faculty permission.

This course is also offered as CMST 428, and POLS 428.

 

Group B/C Electives - Applied Skills & Visual Storytelling - 11-12 Units Selected From:

JOUR 325 - Magazine Writing - 3 Units - FS

Prerequisites: JOUR 260.

JOUR 329 - Laboratory Newspaper - 2 Units - FS

Prerequisites: JOUR 260; JOUR 327 or JOUR 341; or 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.

JOUR 331 - Lab Newspaper Management - 3 Units - FS

Prerequisites: JOUR 329 and faculty permission.

JOUR 351 - Public Relations Publications - 3 Units - FS

Prerequisites: JOUR 260

JOUR 353 - Photojournalism - 3 Units - FS

Prerequisites: JOUR 260.

JOUR 355 - Internet Newspaper/Magazines - 3 Units - FS

Prerequisites: JOUR 260.

JOUR 445 - Public Relations Laboratory - 2 Units - FS

Prerequisites: JOUR 244, JOUR 260, JOUR 321.

JOUR 453 - Advanced Photojournalism - 3 Units - FS

Prerequisites: JOUR 353.

JOUR 455 - Online Presentation of News and Public Relations - 3 Units - FS

Prerequisites: JOUR 355.

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

JOUR 489 - Journalism Internship - 1- Units - FS

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

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The Option in Public Relations: 28-29 Units

5 Courses Required

JOUR 244 - Intro to Public Relations - 3 Units - FS

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of JOUR 260.

This course is also offered as POLS 144.

JOUR 341 - Writing for Public Relations - 3 Units - FS WP

Prerequisites: JOUR 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, JOUR 244, JOUR 260.

JOUR 342 - Public Relations Research Measurement and Evaluation - 3 Units - FS>

Prerequisites: JOUR 244

JOUR 344 - Public Relations Strategy - 3 Units - FS

Prerequisites: JOUR 244, JOUR 260, JOUR 341.

JOUR 445 - Public Relations Laboratory - 2 Units - FS

Prerequisites: JOUR 244, JOUR 260, JOUR 341, JOUR 344.

14 Units Selected From:

14 Units Selected From:

Group A Electives - 2 Courses Selected From:

JOUR 210 - Pop Culture / Media / Values - 3 Units - FS GE (Part of Science, Technology & Values GE Pathway.)

Prerequisites: JOUR 130 or ENGL 130.

JOUR 211 - Women/Men/Media - 3 Units - SP* GE (Part of Gender & Sexuality GE Pathway.)

This course is also offered as WMST 211.

JOUR 313 - International Communication - 3 Units - S

JOUR 320 - Mass Communication Law - 3 Units - S

Prerequisites: JOUR 101, JOUR 260.

JOUR 322 - History of American Journalism - 3 Units - F

Prerequisites: JOUR 260.

JOUR 411 - Race and Diversity in Media - 3 Units - FS

Prerequisites: JOUR 260.

JOUR 424 - Public Opinion and Propaganda - 3 Units - FS

Prerequisites: CMST 131, CMST 330, CMST 331, and CMST 350, and CMST 370 with a grade of C- or higher for CMST majors only

This course is also offered as CMST 424, and POLS 424.

JOUR 447 - Public Relations Management - 3 Units - SP

Prerequisites: JOUR 244, JOUR 260, JOUR 341.


Group B/C Electives - Applied Skills & Visual Storytelling - 8-9 Units Selected From:

JOUR 321 - Public Affairs Reporting - 3 Units - FS

Prerequisites: JOUR 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, HIST 130, JOUR 260, POLS 155.

JOUR 325 - Magazine Writing - 3 Units - FS

Prerequisites: JOUR 260.

JOUR 327 - News Editing and Copyreading - 3 Units - FS

Prerequisites: JOUR 260.

JOUR 329 - Laboratory Newspaper - 2 Units - FS

Prerequisites: JOUR 260; JOUR 327 or JOUR 341; or faculty permission.

JOUR 351 - Public Relations Publications - 3 Units - FA

Prerequisites: JOUR 260; JOUR 244 and JOUR 341 for public relations option; JOUR 321 for news-editorial option.

JOUR 353 - Photojournalism - 3 Units - FS

Prerequisites: JOUR 260.

JOUR 355 - Internet Newspaper/Magazines - 3 Units - FS

Prerequisites: JOUR 260.

JOUR 444 - Public Relations Laboratory - 1 Unit - FS

Prerequisites: JOUR 244, JOUR 260, JOUR 341, JOUR 344, JOUR 445.

JOUR 445 - Public Relations Laboratory - 2 Units - FS

Prerequisites: JOUR 244, JOUR 260, JOUR 341, JOUR 344.

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

JOUR 453 - Advanced Photojournalism - 3 Units - FS

Prerequisites: JOUR 353.

JOUR 455- Online Presentation of News and Public Relations - 3 Units - FS

Prerequisites: JOUR 355.

JOUR 489 - Journalism Internship - 1-2 Units - FS

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.