College of Social and Behavioral Sciences2013-2014
Journalism, Bachelor of Science in Journalism
- Available Emphasis Areas:
- Journalism - Emphasis (ending Summer 2016)
- Photojournalism and Documentary Studies - Emphasis (ending Summer 2016)
What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism in Journalism?
Earning a journalism degree at Northern Arizona University will help you develop tangible skills and theoretical knowledge. Students gain competence in written, oral, and visual communication as their foundation, adding specialized professional skills in ethics, environmental issues, reporting and editing, and communication and publication law.
Note: Journalism students must complete the communication core classes before applying to the journalism major program. Students who take the environmental communication emphasis must minor in a natural science.
Career opportunities that might be pursued:
- News director
- Public information officer
With further education, one of these paths is possible:
- Web designer
- University professor
To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.
- All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
- All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
- At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
- At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
- A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
In addition to University Requirements:
- At least 54-57 units of major requirements including a required emphasis
- At least 18 units of a minor
- Be aware that you may not use courses with a JLS prefix to satisfy liberal studies requirements
- Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units
Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.
|Minimum Units for Completion||120|
|Highest Mathematics Required||MAT 114|
|Additional Admission Requirements||Required|
|Emphasis, Minor, Certificate||Required|
|University Honors Program||Optional|
|Progression Plan Link||View Progression Plan|
Additional Admission Requirements
- Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
- Journalism students must complete the communication core classes before applying to the journalism major program. Students who take the environmental communication emphasis must minor in a natural science.
Take the following 54 - 57 units with a Grade of "C" or better in each course:
Core Requirements (33 units)
- COM 101, COM 200, COM 400 (9 units)
- EMF 225 (3 units)
- JLS 105, JLS 131, JLS 284 (9 units)
- JLS 231, two courses with different topics (6 units)
- JLS 328W or JLS 335W (3 units)
- JLS 431C (3 units)
- For students wishing to do additional work in broadcast news, choose from the following to apply as university electives: EMF 124, EMF 226, EMF 324, EMF 325, EMF 326, and EMF 333.
You must complete a minor of at least 18 units from those described in this catalog. In consultation with your advisor, you should select a minor that's appropriate for your career aspirations and educational needs. Your minor advisor will advise you about this part of your academic plan.
Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit.
You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)
- See the School of Communication page for information about the Communication Core, Advising and Student Responsibilities, and Graduation Requirements.
All majors must earn the grade of "C" or better in their freshman composition required course, and their foundation mathematics course.
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
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