BS Four-Year Degree Plan: Journalism

The following is a sample schedule for this major – your actual schedule may vary.

Meet with your advisor and review the class schedule before confirming your schedule.

Missouri State is committed to helping you graduate in four years.

The following degree plan is based on the 2018-19 catalog and Missouri State general education requirements.

First semester (fall)

CoursesHours
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
MED 120 Mass Media and Society 3
MED 130 Fundamentals of Media Convergence 3
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
ENG 110 Writing I 3
Total hours14

Second semester (spring)

CoursesHours
JRN 270 Introduction to Journalism 3
Life Sciences (no lab) or Physical Sciences (no lab) - General Education 3
Humanities - General Education 3
Social and Behavior Sciences - General Education 3
Total hours12

Third semester (fall)

CoursesHours
MED 304 Mass Media Theory 3
JRN 370 News Reporting and Writing 3
The Arts - General Education 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
3
Course for minor 3
Total hours15

Fourth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
JRN 381 Broadcast News Writing 3
Written Communication and Integrative and Applied Learning - General Education 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
Quantitative Literacy - General Education 3
Course for minor 3
Total hours15

Fifth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
JRN 388 Electronic News Gathering 3
JRN 407 Media Law 3
Course for minor 3
Life Sciences (lab) or Physical Sciences (lab) - General Education 4
Cultural Competence - General Education 3
Total hours16

Sixth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
JRN 478 Mobile Journalism 3
JRN 384 Broadcast Performance 3
Course for minor 3
Public Issues - General Education 3
General elective 3
Total hours15

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
JRN 374 Opinion Writing
or JRN 375 Feature Writing
or JRN 376 Business Reporting
or JRN 592 Newscast Practicum
3
JRN 476 Copy Editing and Design
or JRN 481 Multi-platform News Producing
3
JRN elective (MED 355 or MED 390 is available) 3
General elective 3
General elective (upper level) 3
Total hours15

Eighth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
MED 581 Issues in Media Ethics 3
JRN 595 Journalism Internship 1-6
Course for minor 3
General elective 3
General elective (upper level) 3
University Exit Exam - BS requirement 0
Total hours15

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.

Degree plan last reviewed 06-14-2018.