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Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (120 units)

General Requirements

Computer Prerequisites to Entering Journalism Classes:

All students entering journalism skills courses must be familiar with at least one established word-processing program at the level of at least 40 words per minute.

Professional Skills:

JOUR 101, 120 and 311 are the basic writing and reporting courses for journalism and are prerequisites for most upper division skills courses in the department.

Residency Requirements:

Transfer students must complete at least 50 percent of their upper-division journalism units at CSULB. Journalism courses taken on another campus may not be substituted for CSULB journalism courses without the approval of the CSULB Department of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Distribution of Units:

Journalism majors may apply no more than 40 units of journalism courses toward the 120 units required for the degree of Bachelor of Arts. Students should meet with a journalism adviser before declaring the major and the minor.

Journalism majors are required to have a minor or a double-major. Each CSULB department defines its own minor, and these vary between 18 and 24 units. Students interested in pursuing the Single-Subject Credential in English/Journalism should consult the teaching credential adviser in the Department of English.

By default, students are placed in the Journalism program but may also choose to pursue a Specialization in Public Relations.

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Specific Requirements for the Journalism Degree

This degree program requires 40 units in the major, of which seven are lower division and 33 are upper division.

Lower Division:

Take all the following courses:

  • JOUR 101 English for Media Writers (1)
    Prerequisite: None
  • JOUR 110 Introduction to Mass Communications (3)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: One GE Foundation.
  • JOUR 120 Writing Across the Media (3)
    Prerequisite: None

Upper Division:

Take all of the following:

  • JOUR 311 Reporting and Information Gathering (3)
    Prerequisites: JOUR 120 with a grade of "C" or better.
  • JOUR 340 Introduction to Online Media (3)
    Prerequisite: JOUR 311 with a grade of "C" or better.
  • JOUR 430 Law of Mass Communications (3)
    Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing.
  • JOUR 431 Mass Media Ethics (3)
    Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing.
  • JOUR 495 Senior Seminar (3)
    Prerequisite: JOUR 311 with a grade of "C" or better, senior standing.

Take two courses chosen from the following:

  • JOUR 312, JOUR 315, JOUR 370, JOUR 412, JOUR 415, JOUR 418, JOUR 494

Take three units total from the following:

  • JOUR 497, JOUR 498

Take three courses from the following:

  • JOUR 300, JOUR 305, JOUR 310, JOUR 316, JOUR 318, JOUR 320, JOUR 321, JOUR 331, JOUR 374, JOUR 380, JOUR 382, JOUR 405, JOUR 420, JOUR 422, JOUR 440, JOUR 471, JOUR 478, JOUR 480, JOUR 482, JOUR 485, JOUR 490, JOUR 499

In addition to the "C" average in the overall major, journalism majors must earn a "C" or better in each of these core courses:

  • JOUR 110, JOUR 120, JOUR 311, JOUR 340, JOUR 430, JOUR 431 and JOUR 495.

Specialization in Public Relations

Requirements

This specialization requires 40 units in the major, of which seven are lower division and 33 are upper division.

Lower Division:

Take all the following courses:

  • JOUR 101 English for Media Writers (1)
    Prerequisite: None
  • JOUR 110 Introduction to Mass Communications (3)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: One GE Foundation.
  • JOUR 120 Writing Across the Media (3)
    Prerequisite: None

Upper Division:

Take all the following courses:

  • JOUR 311 Reporting and Information Gathering (3)
    Prerequisites: JOUR 120 with a grade of "C" or better.
  • JOUR 370 Principles of Public Relations (3)
    Prerequisite: None
  • JOUR 374 Written Communication Public Relations (3)
    Prerequisites: JOUR 120 with a grade of "C" or better, JOUR 370.
  • JOUR 430 Law of Mass Communications (3)
    Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing.
  • JOUR 431 Mass Media Ethics (3)
    Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing.

Take two of the following three courses:

  • JOUR 471 Public Relations Mgmt and Campaigns (3)
    Prerequisites: JOUR 311 with a grade of "C" or better, JOUR 374.
  • JOUR 478 Public Relations Case Studies (3)
    Prerequisites: JOUR 311 with a grade of "C" or better, JOUR 374
  • JOUR 485 Public Relations Agency (3)
    Prerequisites: JOUR 370.

Take three units total from the following:

  • JOUR 497, JOUR 498

Take three courses from the following:

  • JOUR 300, JOUR 305 (recommended for public relations), JOUR 310, JOUR 312, JOUR 315, JOUR 316, JOUR 318, JOUR 320, JOUR 321, JOUR 331, JOUR 340, JOUR 380, JOUR 382, JOUR 405, JOUR 412, JOUR 415, JOUR 418, JOUR 420, JOUR 422, JOUR 440 (recommended for public relations), JOUR 480, JOUR 482, JOUR 490, JOUR 494 (highly recommended for public relations), JOUR 495 and JOUR 499.

In addition to the "C" average in the overall major, journalism majors specializing in Public Relations must earn a "C" or better in each of these core courses as taken:

  • JOUR 110, JOUR 120, JOUR 311, JOUR 370, JOUR 374, JOUR 430, JOUR 431, JOUR 471, JOUR 478, JOUR 485.

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