College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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

Journalism and Political Science, Bachelor of Science

Four Year Progression Plan

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 to take this course in the first year in this plan.
2. COM131 Writing For Comm Channels 3 COM131 Notes
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
Notes: Course must be taken first term to make progress toward this plan.
3. JLS105 Intro To Journalism 3
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
4. 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: Test out option is available. See Academic Advisor for requirements and process.
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: Students must take this course in the first year in the program to make satisfactory progress toward this plan.
6. GECOURSE General Elective Course 1
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. JLS131 Basic Reporting 3
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
2. COM200 Basic Communication Theory 3
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
3. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
POS120 World Politics 3
Description: Studies the international system, its actors, and their capabilities; ends and means of foreign policy; international tension, conflict, and cooperation. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Requirement Designation: Cultural Understanding
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
-Option B-
POS110 American Politics 3
Description: Basic introduction to American national government; constitutional foundations, the structures of government, courts, Congress, the presidency, interest groups, political parties, and major political issues facing the American people. This course satisfies state teacher certification for teachers in Arizona for federal constitution only. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Requirement Designation: Social and Political Worlds
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Summer 2014 Fall 2014
4. LIBSTSAS Liberal Studies (SAS) Course 3
5. 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

Year 2

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. POS201 Introduction To Politics 3
Description: Issues in contemporary political analysis, human values, and political goals; comparative study of how political systems differ; how nations influence one another. Letter grade only.
Requirement Designation: Social and Political Worlds
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Summer 2014 Fall 2014
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. POSELECTIVE POS Elective 3
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
4. LIBSTLAB Liberal Studies (LAB) Course 4
5. 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
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. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
POS120 World Politics 3
Description: Studies the international system, its actors, and their capabilities; ends and means of foreign policy; international tension, conflict, and cooperation. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Requirement Designation: Cultural Understanding
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
-Option B-
POS110 American Politics 3
Description: Basic introduction to American national government; constitutional foundations, the structures of government, courts, Congress, the presidency, interest groups, political parties, and major political issues facing the American people. This course satisfies state teacher certification for teachers in Arizona for federal constitution only. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Requirement Designation: Social and Political Worlds
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Summer 2014 Fall 2014
3. POSELECTIVE POS Elective 3
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
4. POSELECTIVE POS Elective 3
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
5. 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

Year 3

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. POSELECTIVE POS Elective 3
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
2. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
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
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
-Option B-
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
3. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
4. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. 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
2. POSELECTIVE POS Elective 3
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
3. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
4. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
Students must see an academic advisor before enrollment or the 7th term in preparation for graduation.

Year 4

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. 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
2. POSELECTIVE POS Elective 3
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
3. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
4. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
Students must submit graduation application during 7th term.
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. POSELECTIVE POS Elective 3
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
3. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
4. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective 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)
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

The Journalism major benefits from an integrated approach to communication that develops professional skills while focusing on ethics and freedom of expression. This Merged degree plan reflects the latest developments in the profession, giving the student the opportunity to attain valuable hands-on experience with university media and through professional internships.  Students are required to select 21 units of Political Science courses (excluding POS 220, which does not satisfy the major requirement). Please consult your faculty advisor in the selection of your Political Science electives.

Some courses in your major may have prerequisites that you must complete before taking those courses. Courses for your major are offered in specific sequence and you must complete the communication core (COM 101 and COM 200) and required prerequisite courses in sequence when they are offered to avoid being unable to enroll in a required course for which you have not completed the prerequisites. Failure to take courses in sequence may delay completion of your plan.

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, their freshman composition required course and their foundation mathematics course.

You 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

Academic Services and Advising Center
School of Communication Building #16, Room 370
PHONE: 928-523-8055
EMAIL: sbs.advisor@nau.edu

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.