Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Journalism

Journalism, Bachelor of Science in Journalism


Academic Information

This degree has evolved as the needs of the modern journalist have changed and escalated. The program gives students essential professional experiences, as well as practical and philosophical tools such as ethics, reporting, editing, and publication law.

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College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Journalism

Journalism, Bachelor of Science in Journalism


Careers

What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism in Journalism?

When you read or watch the news, do you have an eye for accuracy, fairness, good storytelling, and professionalism? If you're the kind of person who believes that the world deserves the clearest possible view of important news, a degree in jourmalism might be a great fit for you. Careers in this field are fast-paced, diverse, and critical to a healthy democracy.

Coursework for a journalism degree at Northern Arizona University will engage you as you develop tangible skills and theoretical knowledge. Required coursework will foster your competence in written, oral, and visual communication. Specialized professional skills in ethics, environmental issues, reporting and editing, and communication and publication law will round out your expertise.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Editor, print or online
  • News director
  • Photojournalist
  • Investigative Journalist
  • Public information officer
  • Media relations
  • Documentary films

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Attorney
  • Publisher
  • University professor
  • Mediator

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Journalism

Journalism, Bachelor of Science in Journalism


University Requirements

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Journalism

Journalism, Bachelor of Science in Journalism


Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

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
Major GPA C
Highest Mathematics Required MAT 114
Emphasis, Minor, Certificate Required
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Optional
University Honors Program Optional
AZ Transfer Students complete AGEC-A Recommended
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Purpose Statement

The Journalism Program provides students with the hands-on experience to tell compelling nonfiction stories in a variety of media platforms. 

We build a strong foundation in the history, philosophy and ethics of journalism and photojournalism and emphasize how these disciplines serve varied communities and facilitate the free flow of information needed in a democratic society. Students learn to take a global perspective as they critically assess journalistic work from a variety of places and historical periods. By valuing the principles of the journalistic tradition, our students obtain the critical and creative edge to innovate and be relevant in an evolving media world. 
 
Built upon the fundamentals of storytelling and nonfiction narrative, our curriculum ensures that students can cover breaking news as well as develop features and deeper, under-reported stories. Our students are informed and curious about their communities, and develop a critical understanding of media forms that allows them to identify audience needs and place stories within context. By honing methods of investigative research, relationship building and interviewing, our students learn to gather the materials needed to craft compelling narratives. Their creative works are refined through individual mentoring from instructors as well as through intensive student peer review.
 
The program’s faculty are innovative teachers and professionals who engage students in their current projects through hands-on experience and personalized mentoring. Students produce and publish journalism for real audiences through classwork and in our state-of-the-art Student Media Center, which integrates a newsroom, TV studio and radio station. Internship and independent study projects allow them to report in depth on subjects important to our community or structured around their passions.
 
Our goal is to train students to be savvy media consumers and producers who can succeed not only in the realm of professional journalism, but within whatever future they create.

Student Learning Outcomes
 
Understanding the Role of Journalism in Society

Students will develop a strong foundation in the history, philosophy, laws, and ethics of journalism, and will incorporate this knowledge into their practice of journalism.  Students will:
Understanding the Fundamentals of Storytelling

Students will understand and apply the fundamentals of storytelling and nonfiction narrative to a variety of traditional and innovative media.  Students will:
Mastering the Practice of Journalism

Students will learn about journalism by practicing it.  Students will:
Writing/editing track
 
Students on this track will intensively study and apply the use of language in journalism, with a focus on both writing and editing skills. They will:


Photojournalism track
 
Students on this track will gain intensive hands-on experience in visual storytelling through the use of still images, photo editing, and audio and video storytelling techniques. They will: 

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Journalism

Journalism, Bachelor of Science in Journalism


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College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Journalism

Journalism, Bachelor of Science in Journalism


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