Journalism and Mass Communication

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In our classrooms, computer labs and broadcast studio, our faculty of award-winning journalists and academics teach students to report, produce and write for all forms of media. Classes include database and multi-platform reporting, investigative journalism, environmental journalism and studio production. The curriculum also focuses on the role journalism and media play in civic and political life.

Students can choose to either major or minor in the Journalism and Mass Communication program that will provide practical skills and an academic background in the role and effects of journalism and media messages. The program emphasizes analysis and critical thinking as students pursue the practical study of media and journalism, media law, history, processes, ethics and effects.

Students interested in the Journalism and Mass Communication minor should fill out a declaration form (.PDF), declaring the minor before the end of their junior year. 


Degree Requirements


The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

Required courses (34 credits):  
PSC 1002 Introduction to American Politics and Government  
or PSC 1002W Intro-American Politics & Govt
STAT 1053 Introduction to Statistics in Social Science  
SMPA 2101 Journalism: Theory & Practice  
SMPA 2110W Introduction to News Writing and Reporting (minimum grade of B required)  
SMPA 2111W Advanced News Reporting  
SMPA 2112 Digital Media I: Introduction to Video Production  
SMPA 2113 Digital Media II: Introduction to Web Production and Social Media  
SMPA 2151 Research Methods  
SMPA 2152 Data Analysis for Journalism and Political Communication  
SMPA 2173 Media Law  
SMPA 3150 Journalism Ethics  
One required advanced writing/reporting course (3 credits) from the following:  
SMPA 3230 Reporting in the Digital Age  
SMPA 3235W Broadcast News Writing  
SMPA 3242 Investigative Reporting  
Five additional courses (15-18 credits) from the advanced writing/reporting courses listed above or from the following:  
SMPA 2120 Public Opinion  
SMPA 2177 Media History  
SMPA 3193 Selected Topics in Journalism and Mass Communication Skills  
SMPA 3195 Selected Topics in Journalism and Mass Communication  
SMPA 3196 Independent Study  
SMPA 3197 Internship (Only one, three-credit internship can count toward the major)  
SMPA 3233 Photojournalism  
SMPA 3234 Editing and Design for Print and Web  
SMPA 3236W Broadcast News Reporting  
SMPA 3240W Washington Reporting  
SMPA 3241W Campaign Reporting  
SMPA 3243W Feature Writing  
SMPA 3244W Narrative Journalism  
SMPA 3245W Editorial & Persuasive Writing  
SMPA 3246 Specialized Reporting  
SMPA 3247 Documentary Production  
SMPA 3428 Media, Politics, and Government  
SMPA 3450 Social Media  
SMPA 3460 Race, Media & Politics  
SMPA 3463 Media Bias  
SMPA 3469 International Communication  
SMPA 3470 Comparative Media Systems  
SMPA 3471 Media in the Developing World  
SMPA 3472 Media and Foreign Policy  
SMPA 3475 Media Management  
SMPA 3476 Media, Technology, and Culture  
SMPA 3477 Information Technology and Politics  
SMPA 3479 Documentary  
SMPA 3480 The Future of Journalism  
SMPA 4198 Special Honors Research Seminar  
One capstone course (4 credits) from the following:  
SMPA 4180 Online Journalism Workshop  
SMPA 4181 Television News Workshop  
SMPA 4182 Specialized Journalism Workshop  

SMPA 3195 Selected Topics in Journalism and Mass Communication

 Curriculum Worksheet (.PDF)


JMC Special Honors 

To apply for Journalism and Mass Communication Honors, graduating seniors must have a minimum 3.7 GPA and a portfolio of published work. A short letter to faculty members on the SMPA Awards Committee should outline applicable achievements and career goals. 

Applications are due at 11:59pm EST on Sunday, April 25th for Spring 2021 Seniors. 



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