Communication - Digital Journalism (Bachelor of Arts)

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication is obtained by successfully completing 120 credit hours, with at least 72 hours outside the Communication major. Fifty-three (53) of those 72 hours must be courses in liberal arts and sciences. The program requirements include:

  1. 41 hours within the general studies curriculum and
    1. CS 201 Introduction to Information Technology (3)
    2. CS 315 Intro to Web Design (3)
    3. six hours of a foreign language sequence
  2. 45 hours in communication courses
  3. 18 or more hours in a minor field
  4.  Electives

Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.00 and complete, with a minimum grade of “C,” all Department of Communication courses required for the degree. Students who make a grade of “D” or “F” in a communication course may repeat the course only once. A second “D” or “F” in the same course will exclude a student from majoring or minoring in communication.

A major in communication must include:

Course Title Credits
COM 200Introduction to Mass Communication3
COM 320Video Production and Editing3
COM 358Communication Theory3
COM 380Communication Law (WI)3
COM 395Ethics and Global Journalism (WI)3
COM 415Mass Communication Research3
COM 491Internship 1, 23
Total Hours21

The concentration in Digital Journalism includes:

Course Title Credits
Digital Journalism
COM 315Introduction to News3
COM 317Editing3
COM 325Publication Design3
COM 410Media Features (WI)3
COM 420Advanced Reporting3
COM 445Media Management3
COM Electives (2 courses) 46
Total Hours24

Students enrolling in COM 404 Media Workshop (1)COM 405 Media Workshop (1)COM 406 Media Workshop (1)COM 407 Advanced Media Workshop (1)COM 408 Advanced Media Workshop (1)COM 411 Advanced Media Workshop (1)COM 475 Directed Study (3), or COM 491 Internship (3) must apply for eligibility into those courses no later than the pre-registration period preceding the semester in which the courses will be taken. Media workshop courses are strongly recommended electives for all students.

Communication electives for the Digital Journalism concentration should be selected from the following:

Course Title Credits
COM 301Introduction to Television Production3
COM 302Introduction to Audio Production3
COM 304Introduction to Advertising3
COM 305Advanced Audio Production3
COM 306Sport Communication3
COM 307Media Literacy3
COM 316Podcasting3
COM 330Introduction to Public Relations3
COM 345Social Media Strategy3
COM 385Multimedia Design3
COM 397Advanced Video Production3
COM 404Media Workshop1
COM 405Media Workshop1
COM 406Media Workshop1
COM 407Advanced Media Workshop1
COM 408Advanced Media Workshop1
COM 411Advanced Media Workshop1
COM 412Digital Media Analytics3
MKT 301Principles of Marketing3
MKT 325Digital Marketing3
MKT 378Consumer Behavior3

In addition to courses noted below, candidates for graduation must successfully complete all JSU Academic Regulations. More information about general education requirements can be found in the Summary of Degrees/Requirements section of the catalog.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
FallHours
EH Composition sequence 3
Fine Arts 3
EH 141 Speech 3
History sequence 3
MS 204
Basic Statistics
or Finite Mathematics
3
SSC 101 First Year Experience 0
 Hours15
Spring
EH Composition sequence 3
Natural Science sequence 4
History sequence 3
COM 200 Introduction to Mass Communication 3
Minor or General Electives 3
 Hours16
Sophomore
Fall
Literature sequence 3
Natural Science sequence 4
Social/Behavioral Science 3
COM 315 Introduction to News 3
Minor or General Electives 3
 Hours16
Spring
Literature sequence 3
Social/Behavioral Science 3
CS 201 Introduction to Information Technology 3
COM 317 Editing 3
COM 320 Video Production and Editing 3
 Hours15
Junior
Fall
Foreign Language sequence 3 3
COM 380 Communication Law (WI) 3
CS 315 Intro to Web Design 3
Minor or General Electives 5
COM 358 Communication Theory 3
 Hours17
Spring
Foreign Language sequence 3 3
COM 325 Publication Design 3
COM 410 Media Features (WI) 3
COM 415 Mass Communication Research 3
COM Elective 4 3
 Hours15
Summer
COM 491 Internship 3
 Hours3
Senior
Fall
COM 395 Ethics and Global Journalism (WI) 3
COM Elective 4 3
Minor or General Electives 6
 Hours12
Spring
COM 420 Advanced Reporting 3
COM 445 Media Management 3
Minor or General Electives 5
 Hours11
 Total Hours120