BS Three-Year Degree Plan: Journalism

The three-year degree plan was created to demonstrate that it is possible for you to graduate in six regular and three summer semesters. However, a three-year degree plan is not best suited for every student. It assumes:

  • No remedial course work is required.
  • The student does not fail any classes.
  • The student does not change either the major or minor.
  • The student is willing to take classes each summer.

Also, a three-year degree plan does not take into account dual credit or transfer credit that you may bring with you upon admission to the University. Please remember that course availability and prerequisites are subject to change, so consult with your advisor when scheduling your classes.

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 hours18
MED 120 Mass Media and Society 3
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
(See your advisor for replacement course.) 2
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
ENG 110 Writing I 3
MED 130 Fundamentals of Media Convergence 3
KIN 210 Healthy Lifestyles: Preventive Approaches 3

Second semester (spring)

Total hours18
MED 220 Case Studies in Mass Media 3
JRN 270 Introduction to Journalism 3
General Education: Self-Understanding - Humanities 3
MTH 130 Contemporary Mathematics 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
Minor Course 3

Third semester (summer)

Total hours6
General Education: Self-Understanding - Creativity 3
General Elective 3

Fourth semester (fall)

Total hours19
MED 304 Mass Media Theory 3
JRN 381 Broadcast News Writing 3
JRN 388 Electronic News Gathering 3
General Education: Science 4
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
Minor Course 3

Fifth semester (spring)

Total hours19
JRN 476 Copy Editing and Design
or JRN 481 Broadcast News Reporting and Producing
MED 383 Television Production 3
General Education: Science with lab 4
General Education: Writing II 3
Minor course (both at 300+ level) 6

Sixth semester (summer)

Total hours6
General Education: Culture and Society - Humanities 3
General Elective 3

Seventh semester (fall)

Total hours18
JRN 407 Media Law 3
JRN 384 Broadcast Performance 3
Minor Courses (at 300+ level) 6
General Elective 6

Eighth semester (spring)

Total hours13-18
JRN 595 Journalism Internship 1-6
MED 581 Issues in Media Ethics 3
JRN/MED Elective 3
Minor Course (at 300+ level) 3
General Elective (at least 3 hrs at 300+ level) 3

Ninth semester (summer)

Total hours6
General Elective 3
GEN 499 University Exit Examination 0
General Education: Self-Understanding - Social 3

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.