College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Progression Plans are for planning purposes
only; see the catalog for official details.

Journalism, Bachelor of Science in Journalism

Four Year Progression Plan Journalism - Emphasis

Campus Availability

  • Flagstaff

Year 1

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. COM101 Communication Analysis 3 COM101 Notes
Description: Integrated study of the analysis of oral, written, and visual messages. Emphasizes commonalities and differences across communication media. Letter grade only.
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
Notes: it is strongly recommended this course be taken the first year in the plan.
2. COM131 Writing For Comm Channels 3
Description: Fundamentals of style, grammar, and structure in writing for specific communication channels. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
3. JLS104 Grammar & Style 1 JLS104 Notes
Description: A review of basic English grammar as well as an overview of the AP writing style. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
Notes: A test out option exists. Please contact an advisor for details
4. JLS105 Intro To Journalism 3 JLS105 Notes
Description: What journalists do, why society needs them, history and ethics of the journalist, differences between corporate news and independent media, technological changes, reporter as witness and documenter of history. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
Notes: Strongly recommended to take the first year in the plan.
5. ENG105 Critical Read/Writng In Univ 4 ENG105 Notes
Description: Writing skills for completing university coursework. Fulfills the liberal studies requirement for English composition. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: ((English Placement Test Results (ACT 17+; Accuplacer WR 4-7; IELTS 6+; PLACE 30+; SATI 340+, TOEFL PB 525+/CB 193+/IB 70+)) or (Test Results (ACT < 7; AccuplacerWR < 4; PLACE 10; SATI < 340) and Corequisite: ENG 100))
Requirement Designation: Foundation Requirement
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Summer 2014 Fall 2014
Notes: Strongly recommended to take first year in the plan
6. GECOURSE General Elective Course 1
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. JLS131 Basic Reporting 3 JLS131 Notes
Description: An introduction to the elements of reporting: gathering information and interviewing people in order to create a compelling nonfiction story. Covers editing. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: COM 131 and JLS 104
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
Notes: Strongly recommended to take this course the first year in the plan
2. JLS284 Basic Photojournalism 3
Description: Fundamentals of photojournalism and media photography; visual storytelling applications including multimedia, and photo editing. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
3. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
4. MAT114 Quantitative Reasoning 3
Description: Contemporary quantitative methods, especially descriptive statistics, elementary probability, examples of statistical inference, linear and exponential models of growth and decay, and applicable discrete models. Fulfills liberal studies foundation requirement. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: (MAT 100 with a grade of P taken Fall 2013 or later) or (MAT 102X with a grade of C or better) or Math Placement Test Results (ALEKS/MATHA 35+; MATHC 30+; PLACE 43+) or International Exchange Student Group
Requirement Designation: Foundation Requirement
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Summer 2014 Fall 2014
5. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3

Year 2

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. JLS231 Field Reporting Topics 3
Description: This content development course focuses on increased reporting skills in writing and critical thinking as students create a blog and engage in real-world reporting around a specific topic. Letter grade only. May be repeated for up to 9 units of credit with different topics. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: JLS 131
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
2. EMF225 Production Techniques 3
Description: Introduction to the techniques of video and audio production, lighting, and editing. 2 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
3. MINORCOURSE Minor Course 3
4. LIBSTLAB Liberal Studies (LAB) Course 4
5. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. JLS231 Field Reporting Topics 3 JLS231 Notes
Description: This content development course focuses on increased reporting skills in writing and critical thinking as students create a blog and engage in real-world reporting around a specific topic. Letter grade only. May be repeated for up to 9 units of credit with different topics. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: JLS 131
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
Notes: This course is required to be taken twice with different topics in the 2nd year.
2. COM200 Basic Communication Theory 3 COM200 Notes
Description: Introduces the nature, elements, concepts, and processes of communication in its many settings; examines vocabulary and research methods of communication studies. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: ENG 105 or HON 190 with grade of C or better or English Placement Test Results (PLACE 60+)
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Summer 2014 Fall 2014
Notes: Strongly recommended to take the second year.
3. EMF223 Radio/Tv Newswriting/Reporting 3
Description: Introduces news writing and reporting, including grammar and style; news gathering; news judgment; story leads, organization, and selection; interviewing, actualities, and producing in electronic news media. 3 hrs. lecture. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: JLS 131
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
4. MINORCOURSE Minor Course 3
5. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3

Year 3

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
EMF405 Field Production Topics 3
Description: This topics course allows students to receive training and experience in a specific area of video and audio production. May be repeated for up to 9 units of credit if topic is different. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: EMF 225
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
-Option B-
EMF323W Tv News Story Production 3
Description: Writing television news from story conception to finished news packages; visual storytelling including gathering, writing, reporting, and production of news packages. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: EMF 223, EMF 225, Junior Status, and (ENG 105 or HON 190 or English Placement Test Results (PLACE 60+))
Requirement Designation: Junior Writing Requirement
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
2. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
JLS208 Fieldwork Experience 3
Description: Supervised field experience in an appropriate organization for students who have a limited background in a discipline. Instructor consent required.Pass-Fail only. May be repeated for up to 12 units of credit. Course fee required.
Grade Required: Grade of "P" - "Pass"
Currently Scheduled: Summer 2014 Fall 2014
-Option B-
JLS333 Special Projects Workshop 3
Description: Advanced practice in planning and producing verbal and visual information materials. Letter grade only. May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit. Course fee required.
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
-Option C-
EMF251 Converged Media Workshop I 1 EMF251 Notes
Description: Professional hands-on production, post production, writing, marketing, graphic design, programming, or sales experience in working as a staff member in one of the departments of student media operations of NAZ Today, UTV or KJACK radio. 1 hr. lecture, 3 hrs. lab. EMF 251 and EMF 252 may be repeated for a combined maximum of 12 units. Pass-fail only. Course fee required.
Currently Scheduled: Summer 2014 Fall 2014
Notes: Pass Fail or Letter Grade Must be taken with EMF 252 to meet requirement if this option is chosen
3. MINORCOURSE Minor Course 3
4. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
5. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
JLS328W In Depth Reporting Topics 3
Description: Students learn the techniques, research, and function of investigative and feature storytelling as they work on larger reporting projects. May be taken for up to 9 units of credit with different topics. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: JLS 231, EMF 225, (ENG 105 or HON 190 or English Placement Test Results (PLACE 60+)) and Junior Status or higher
Requirement Designation: Junior Writing Requirement
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
-Option B-
JLS335W Env Reporting Topics 3
Description: Students learn the techniques, research, and function of investigative and feature storytelling as they work on environmental reporting projects. May be repeated for up to 9 units of credit with different topics. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: Junior Status or higher and (ENG 105 or HON 190 or English Placement Test Results (PLACE 60+))
Requirement Designation: Junior Writing Requirement
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
2. JLS332 Editing Strategies 3
Description: Applying publication design principles, structure, and styles for a variety of journalism media. Type, illustrations, color, and new technology; writing publication specifications. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: JLS 231
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
3. MINORCOURSE Minor Course 3
4. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
5. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3

Year 4

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
JLS389 Cooperative Education 12
Description: Individualized preplanned cooperative employment experience related to your field of study or career objectives. Department consent required. Pass-fail only. No repeat limit. Fee required. No repeat limit.
Grade Required: Grade of "P" - "Pass"
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
-Option B-
JLS408 Field Work Experience 12
Description: Supervised field experience in an appropriate agency or organization. Department consent required. Pass-fail only. May be repeated for credit. Course fee required.
Grade Required: Grade of "P" - "Pass"
Currently Scheduled: Summer 2014 Fall 2014
-Option C-
JLS466 Legislative Internship 12
Description: Supervised internship in the Arizona Legislature during spring term. Students are selected on a competitive basis, and you must apply during the fall term. (To be eligible, you must be a candidate for a bachelor's degree, have completed all lower-division requirements, and have attained senior status at the end of the fall term preceding the internship.) Course enrollment is handled by the associate provost for academic administration after the legislature has made its final selection. Department consent required. Pass-fail only. May be repeated for up to 12 units of credit.
Grade Required: Grade of "P" - "Pass"
-Option D-
JLSELECTIVE See Catalog or Advisor 12
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
2. MINORCOURSE Minor Course 3
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. JLS431C Journalism Capstone Project 3
Description: Students create a publishable-quality journalism project in a medium of student's choice. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: (JLS 328W or JLS 335W) and (EMF 323W or EMF 405)
Requirement Designation: Senior Capstone
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
2. COM400 Mass Comm Regulatn/Responsblty 3
Description: Laws that govern mass communication, both printed and electronic;  as well as other controlling factors, and interpretations of First Amendment rights. Letter grade only. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units with instructor's consent.
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Summer 2014 Fall 2014
3. MINORCOURSE Minor Course 3
4. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
-Option B-
MINORCOURSE Minor Course 3
5. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
-Option B-
MINORCOURSE Minor Course 3

University Requirements Specified by Major

University requirements includes 35 units of liberal studies and 6 units of diversity coursework. The courses listed below are required for the major, but may also be used to satisfy liberal studies and/or diversity. Know that if a course is used to satisfy more than one requirement it is only counted once in the cumulative totals. The sections that are blank can be satisfied with any course from the approved list of liberal studies or diversity.
Foundation Requirements:English (FNRQ:ENG) (4 units) ENG 105 (4)
Foundation Requirements:Math (FNRQ:MAT) (3 units) MAT 114 (3)
Aesthetic and Humanistic Inquiry (AHI) (6 units) Student Choice (6)
Social and Political Worlds (SPW) (6 units) Student Choice (6)
Cultural Understanding (CU) (6 units) Student Choice (6)
Science/Applied Science (SAS/LAB) (7 units) Student Choice (7)
Liberal Studies Elective (3 units) Student Choice (3)
Diversity:U.S. Ethnic (DIV:ETHN) (3 units) Student Choice (3)
Diversity:Global (DIV:GLBL) (3 units) Student Choice (3)

Program Information

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Photojournalists and documentarians tell the stories of our time. They report on events that influence communities and individuals, whether it’s the latest news from city hall, an interview with an artist, Arizona border issues, or stories from around the globe.  

The program in Photojournalism & Documentary Studies at Northern Arizona University’s School of Communication offers an opportunity for students to explore diverse approaches to documentary work in video/film, audio, multimedia, photography, nonfiction writing, and print journalism. The program is an emphasis that integrates critical thinking, writing, photojournalism, and video-journalism in an interdisciplinary exploration ideally suited to prepare students for today's world of web-based journalism.

Be aware that courses in the major may have prerequisites that must be completed before taking those courses. Courses for this major are offered in specific sequence and the communication core and required prerequisite courses must be completed in sequence when offered to avoid being unable to enroll in a required course for which the prerequisites have not been completed.

This Journalism plan is affiliated with the Southwest Education Council for Journalism and Mass Communication. Your professors are associated with such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society of News Design, the Arizona Newspaper Association, the National Newspaper Association, the First Amendment Congress, and the International Association of Weekly Newspaper Editors.   

All majors must earn the grade of "C" or better in COM 101, COM 200, COM 400 and the freshman composition required course and foundation mathematics course.

Students must earn a grade of  “C” or better in all courses required for the Bachelor of Science in Journalism major to complete this degree.


BE AWARE THAT THE FINAL RESPONSIBILITY OF SELECTING COURSES RESTS WITH YOU. IT IS YOUR FULL RESPONSIBILITY TO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF YOUR COURSE OF STUDY, IN THEIR PROPER ORDER, SO YOU DON’T FIND YOURSELF IN YOUR SENIOR YEAR INELIGIBLE FOR GRADUATION.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Office of Academic Services and Advising
School of Communication Building #16, Room 370  
PHONE: 928-523-8055 or 928-523-6540  
WEB Page: http://www.nau.edu/sbs/advising
EMAIL: sbs.advisor@nau.edu
School of Communication WEB page: http://www.nau.edu/sbs/communication

General Information

Progression Plans are intended to provide a general road map related to the sequencing of courses. 

For a full description of degree requirements, review the Academic Catalog.  To determine what requirements you may have already met through transfer credits, AP/IB courses, or test credits review your Academic Requirements, advisement report.

Some courses may have prerequisites and/or require appropriate placement scores in Mathematics and English.  If you do not have the appropriate placement or prerequisite courses, you may have to take more courses than are presented on the Progression Plan. 

Not all classes are offered every term so use caution when changing the sequencing of courses.

For further clarification, refer to the catalog (link provided at the top of this page) or speak with an academic advisor.