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Journalism B.A.

Communication
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 41
  • Required credits within the major: 120
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
In an ever-changing media environment, the journalism major is designed to be innovative and dynamic, while adhering to a critical understanding of media’s role in a diverse, global society. The major emphasizes community engagement and global competence. Our program gives students a toolbox of skills and a critical study of mass media. The B.A. in journalism starts with courses in journalism and communication that provide a core set of skills and a critical exploration of journalism. It then requires students to create a program of study that offers flexibility in how they apply journalism. These skills are further honed through application in a professional media setting. This degree requires students to choose either a minor or a second major that will further complement a student’s journalistic expertise. Students take courses from four categories: • Craft: courses in journalism and communication that develop skills in the practice of journalism. • Critical Inquiry: courses in journalism and communication that offer critical and theoretical study of journalism and mass media. • Application: courses where students apply their skills in a real-world situation through a practicum class, an internship, or working at campus media (e.g. The Statesman, KUMD). This is the capstone experience. • Electives: courses that allow students to specialize their journalism studies based on their skills, interests and long-term goals. These courses come primarily from JOUR and COMM, but they can also be interdisciplinary, including choices such as cultural entrepreneurship, writing studies, English, and art.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Introductory Requirement (1 cr)
Transfer students with 24 or more credits and current UMD students who change colleges to CLA are exempt from this requirement. New first-year students with 24 or more PSEO credits may request to be waived from this requirement.
UST 1000 - UMD Seminar (1.0-2.0 cr)
General Requirements
The Board of Regents, on recommendation of the faculty, grants degrees from the University of Minnesota. Requirements for an undergraduate degree from University of Minnesota Duluth include the following:
  1. Students must meet all course and credit requirements of the departments and colleges or schools in which they are enrolled including an advanced writing course. Students seeking two degrees must fulfill the requirements of both degrees. However, two degrees cannot be awarded for the same major.
  2. Students must complete all requirements of the Liberal Education Program.
  3. Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits.
  4. At least 30 of the last 60 degree credits earned immediately before graduation must be awarded by UMD.
  5. Students must complete at least half of their courses at the 3xxx-level and higher at UMD. Study-abroad credits earned through courses taught by UM faculty and at institutions with which UMD has international exchange programs may be used to fulfill this requirement.
  6. If a minor is required, students must take at least three upper division credits in their minor field from UMD.
  7. The minimum cumulative UM GPA required for graduation will be 2.00 and will include only University of Minnesota coursework. A minimum UM GPA of 2.00 is required in each UMD undergraduate major and minor. No academic unit may impose higher grade point standards to graduate.
  8. Diploma, transcripts, and certification will be withheld until all financial obligations to the University have been met.
Program Requirements
A second field of study (either a minor or another major) is required.
Core (22 cr)
The following craft and critical inquiry courses are required for all students in the major. Students are also required to take an application course.
Craft Core (13 cr)
JOUR 2001 - Introduction to Journalism (3.0 cr)
JOUR 2101 - Journalist's Toolbox (3.0 cr)
JOUR 3401 - Digital Storytelling (4.0 cr)
One course required:
COMM 3505 - Media Communications (3.0 cr)
or JOUR 3001 - Local Journalism (3.0 cr)
or JOUR 4001 - Specialized Reporting: Narrative Nonfiction (3.0 cr)
or JOUR 4021 - Outdoor and Environmental Journalism (3.0 cr)
Critical Inquiry Core (6 cr)
Students take two courses totaling 6 credits.
JOUR 2400 - Community and Journalism [GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
or JOUR 2501 - History of American Media (3.0 cr)
or JOUR 3700 - Media Law and Ethics (3.0 cr)
Application Core (3 cr)
JOUR 4102 - Newsroom Practicum (3.0 cr)
or JOUR 4197 - Journalism Internship (1.0-3.0 cr)
Electives (15 credits)
Courses that allow students to specialize their journalism studies based on their skills, interests and long-term goals. At least two courses must come from JOUR. Remaining courses may come primarily from JOUR and COMM, but they can be interdisciplinary.
Journalism electives
Take 2 or more course(s) from the following:
· JOUR 2xxx
· JOUR 3xxx
· JOUR 4xxx
Complementary electives
Students are encouraged to look campuswide for complementary courses. Choices such as cultural entrepreneurship (CUE), writing studies (WRIT), English (ENGL), and art (ART) or other relevant coursework, may apply with departmental approval. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor about their elective choices. Extra JOUR courses will apply here.
Take no more than 3 course(s) from the following:
· ART 1605 - Fundamentals of Photography [LE CAT10, FINE ARTS] (3.0 cr)
· ART 2040 - Digital Filmmaking: Visual Narratives (3.0 cr)
· COMM 2101 - Foundations of Mass Communication [LE CAT8, SOC SCI] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3211 - Communication and Technology in the Information Age (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3405 - Health Campaigns (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3505 - Media Communications (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3520 - Media Effects [SOC SCI] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3525 - Deciding What's News (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3550 - Children and Media (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3615 - Analysis of Public Discourse (3.0 cr)
· COMM 4505 - Media Theory and Research (3.0 cr)
· JOUR 2xxx
· JOUR 3xxx
· JOUR 4xxx
· WRIT 1506 - Literacy, Technology and Society [LE CAT7, HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 4100 - Introduction to Grant Writing and Project Planning (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 4250 - New Media Writing (3.0 cr)
Advanced Writing (3 cr)
WRIT 31xx - Adv Writing (3 cr)
 
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UST 1000 - UMD Seminar
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02403 - EHS 1000/UST 1000
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Facilitates the successful transition into college learning and student life at UMD. Credit will not be granted if already received for EHS 1000.
JOUR 2001 - Introduction to Journalism
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Gateway course for journalism. Draws on a craft-based, digital-first approach to introduce students to fundamentals used by all journalists: information gathering, audience engagement, writing stories, basic news practices and ethics, news style, structure and readability, and interviewing techniques. Students also analyze various styles of journalism and talk about core theoretical concepts behind journalism and mass communication.
JOUR 2101 - Journalist's Toolbox
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Exposes students to the always-changing tools that can be used in journalistic storytelling. The course is designed for students interested in using these journalistic tools in myriad disciplines: journalism, public relations, marketing, design and various communication-related disciplines. prereq: 2001, WRIT 1120; credit will not be granted if already received for 3101
JOUR 3401 - Digital Storytelling
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Produce various forms of digital news stories drawing on photography, audio, video and other digital forms of storytelling. Learn the style differences between writing electronic news scripts and writing for print. Learn basic field recording techniques and production skills for audio and video. prereq: 2001
COMM 3505 - Media Communications
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Survey of journalistic, critical, public relations and advertising writing techniques. Students write radio essays, newsletter articles, news stories, press releases. They also prepare communication strategies for a mini advertising campaign, write a movie review and develop a feature article for a newspaper. prereq: WRIT 1120
JOUR 3001 - Local Journalism
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Skills-based that builds on JOUR 2001. Write publishable news stories based on field work and interviews. Emphasis on fully-developed, multi-source news stories that are fair and complete. Expand interview and research skills, and become familiar with the wide range of information available in public documents. prereq: 2001
JOUR 4001 - Specialized Reporting: Narrative Nonfiction
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Survey of different styles of narrative nonfiction writing including science writing, food and agricultural journalism, travel writing and other specialized forms of journalism. Read and critique examples. Produce work in an area of specialization. prereq: 2001; no grad credit
JOUR 4021 - Outdoor and Environmental Journalism
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Covers the basics of outdoor and environmental journalism as it pertains to newspapers, magazine, television and online. Read and critique examples and produce work in this genre. Pre-req: JOUR 2001
JOUR 2400 - Community and Journalism (GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Examines the role of journalism in defining communities. Exposure to various concepts of community and the role journalism has in defining these communities on both a local and global scale. Analyze a specific case study of one community journalism entity, and explore the ramifications of technology on the transformation of community. .
JOUR 2501 - History of American Media
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Explores the social and cultural history of journalism in the United States. Explore examples of journalism in various forms and critiques of journalism from time periods and study key moments in journalism history. Examines the practice of journalism, its core values, and how these have changed over time. Explores how technological, social and economic change shape journalism.
JOUR 3700 - Media Law and Ethics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Examines laws, regulations and major court decisions that affect journalists and news organizations. Topics include First Amendment principles of press freedom, libel, invasion of privacy, prior restraint, access to information, and the regulation of electronic media content. prereq: Writ 1120
JOUR 4102 - Newsroom Practicum
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01662 - Jour 4102/5102
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Experience in a working newsroom. Apply skills from other journalism classes to plan, produce and manage an online news publication. Basic principles as well as practical skills with advanced computer programs. Includes editing, managing and reporting, as well as the discussion of both journalism and leadership issues. Advance theory and practice in news selection, preparation, and display for newspaper, magazine, broadcast and photojournalism media. Emphasis on the ethical and professional responsibility of the journalist. prereq: 2001; no grad credit
JOUR 4197 - Journalism Internship
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 6.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01648 - Jour 4197/5197
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Supervised professional experience as a working staff member with a newspaper, magazine, broadcast station or other communications organization. prereq: 2001, 3700, minimum 60 credits, instructor consent, no grad credit
ART 1605 - Fundamentals of Photography (LE CAT10, FINE ARTS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01385 - Art 2600/1600/1605/1607
Prerequisites: Not for art majors or minors
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Introduction to photography and its roles in the communications culture. Basic photographic principles and introduction to digital darkroom. Assignments emphasize creative thinking. Requires digital camera with adjustable shutter speeds and apertures. Laptop and software required; instruction presented only on the Mac platform. prereq: Not for art majors or minors
ART 2040 - Digital Filmmaking: Visual Narratives
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01834 - Art 1800/Art 2010
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Introduction to the fundamental of digital video production and basic concepts of cinematic narrative. Beginning hands-on experience using digital video tools to create short narrative works. Creative studio art approach to low budget film techniques and project collaboration. Individual and team projects include visual concept development, storyboarding, video production, and digital editing. Emphasis on the visual language of filmmaking and critical appreciation of cinematic media. prereq: 1013 or Journalism major or film minor or instructor consent
COMM 2101 - Foundations of Mass Communication (LE CAT8, SOC SCI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Theories, research, regulation, and ethical concerns surrounding contemporary mass media. Identifies U.S. media's role within the international marketplace. Survey of contemporary media content, industry structures, technology, and delivery systems.
COMM 3211 - Communication and Technology in the Information Age
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Explores communication technologies in the information society; introduces students to new technologies used in contemporary organizations; explores implications of those technologies for human communication; and provides hands-on experience within a theoretical framework.
COMM 3405 - Health Campaigns
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Survey course examines how individual and community models of health behavior change are used to design, implement, and evaluate campaigns that promote healthy behaviors and reduce high-risk health behaviors.
COMM 3505 - Media Communications
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Survey of journalistic, critical, public relations and advertising writing techniques. Students write radio essays, newsletter articles, news stories, press releases. They also prepare communication strategies for a mini advertising campaign, write a movie review and develop a feature article for a newspaper. prereq: WRIT 1120
COMM 3520 - Media Effects (SOC SCI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Theory and research on the effects of media. Topics include media violence effects, sexual media content, fight reactions to media, news and political content effects, the impact of stereotyping, advertising effects, and the impact of new media technologies. prereq: credit will not be granted if already received for COMM 2102
COMM 3525 - Deciding What's News
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Review history of news in the United States, examine definitions of news, engage in critical evaluations of news in its various genres (news magazines, infotainment, investigative journalism, checkbook journalism, tabloid journalism, etc.).
COMM 3550 - Children and Media
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Theory and research on the impact of media on children.
COMM 3615 - Analysis of Public Discourse
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Guided historical, critical, and theoretical investigation of public discourse, examining the rhetorical practice manifest in traditional models of public oratory, mass media texts, and messages that address us via new media. Topics and periods vary. prereq: credit will not be granted if already received for COMM 2505
COMM 4505 - Media Theory and Research
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Theoretical concepts and research perspectives currently used to understand intricacies of a mediated society. Introduction and application of basic research methods to study questions concerning impact of media on society and individuals. prereq: 1500 or 2101, minimum 60 credits or instructor consent; no Grad credit
WRIT 1506 - Literacy, Technology and Society (LE CAT7, HUMANITIES)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Historical survey of cultures without writing systems and cultures with writing systems and then later with printing, telegraph, radio, telephone, television, computers as well as other forms of technology. Survey of attitudes toward technology from Thoreau to Gandhi and beyond. prereq: Credit will not be granted if already received for Comp 1506.
WRIT 4100 - Introduction to Grant Writing and Project Planning
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01653 - Writ 4100/5100
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Introduction to basic grant writing principles, including common types of grants, project planning, locating and researching funders, and writing effective narratives, preparing budgets, and evaluating program outcomes. Course utilizes lectures, discussion, group work, and guest speakers. prereq: 1120, min 60 cr, no grad credit
WRIT 4250 - New Media Writing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01657 - Writ 4250/5250
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Combines the theory and production of new media writing--digital, verbal practices in converged media--through the application of readings and discussion to five projects that progress from written, print-based genres to new-media presentation. prereq: minimum 60 cr, no grad credit