BS Four-Year Degree Plan: Journalism

The broadcast journalism degree at Missouri State can be completed in eight regular semesters. However, a four-year degree plan does not take into account dual credit or transfer credit that you may bring upon admission to the University. Make an appointment with your advisor to discuss schedules and options.

Sample schedule

Check out the course rotations before scheduling your classes.

The below schedule is only one example of a possible degree plan and is provided for informational purposes only. Meet with an advisor early to develop a degree plan that best suits your needs.

The following degree plan is based on the general education program instituted in fall 2014. For the previous general education requirements, please access these Student Transition Resources.

First semester (fall)

Total hours16
MED 120 Mass Media and Society 3
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
(See your advisor for replacement course.) 2
MED 130 Fundamentals of Media Convergence 3
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
ENG 110 Writing I 3

Second semester (spring)

Total hours16
MED 220 Case Studies in Mass Media 3
General Education: Science 4
MTH 130 Contemporary Mathematics 3
General Education: Self-Understanding - Creativity 3
JRN 270 Introduction to Journalism 3

Third semester (summer)

Total hours15
JRN 381 Broadcast News Writing 3
MED 304 Mass Media Theory 3
General Education: Self-Understanding - Humanities 3
HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 1877
or HST 122 Survey of the History of the United States since 1877
General Elective (to meet 125 hour graduation 3

Fourth semester (fall)

Total hours15
JRN 384 Broadcast Performance 3
GEN ED Writing II course 3
GEN ED Culture and Society – Humanities 3
General Education: Science with Lab 4
KIN 210 Healthy Lifestyles: Preventive Approaches 3

Fifth semester (spring)

Total hours15
JRN 388 Electronic News Gathering 3
JRN 407 Media Law 3
General Education: Self-Understanding - Social 3
Minor Course 3
Gen Elective Course (may include JRN or MED) 3

Sixth semester (summer)

Total hours18
JRN 481 Broadcast News Reporting and Producing 3
MED 383 Television Production 3
2 Minor courses (at least 3 hrs at 300+ level) 6
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
Gen Elective 3

Seventh semester (fall)

Total hours15
JRN/MED Elective (consider JRN 592 Newscast Practicum) 3
2 Minor courses (at least one at 300+ level) 6
2 Gen Elective courses 6

Eighth semester (spring)

Total hours15
MED 581 Issues in Media Ethics 3
JRN 595 Journalism Internship 1-6
Minor course (at least 3 hrs at 300+ level) 3
2 General Electives (at 300+ level) 6
GEN 499 University Exit Examination 0

You need a minimum of 40 hours of course work at a 300+ level to graduate. Elective course work in media and journalism must be approved by your advisor.