Communications: Journalism

Communications: Journalism
Hours43 Credit Hours
LEPLimited Enrollment Program of 200 Students.
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Program Requirements

All students must take a campus writing course before applying for admission to the major. The following writing course fills this requirement and satisfies the GE First-Year Writing requirement: WRTG 150. Note: Students must receive a B grade or better to be eligible to apply for admission to the program.
requirement 1 Complete 3 courses
Note: Students must receive a B grade or better in each course to be eligible to apply to the program.
requirement 2 Complete 2 courses
Complete the following: (Comms 300 and Comms 304 may be taken during the semester in which students apply for admission to the major.)
requirement 3 Complete 1 course
After admission to the major, complete the following:
requirement 4 Complete 1 option
option 4.1 Complete 1 course
requirement 7 Complete 1 course
Note: Journalism majors will need to complete Comms 313 prior to enrolling in Comms 365.
requirement 10 Complete 4.0 hours from the following course(s)
After consulting with an advisor, complete an internship in conjunction with 4 hours of the following: Note: A C- grade or better in the following prerequisite courses must be achieved before the internship experience: Comms 308; Comms 321 or 325.
requirement 11
Complete a minimum of 72 hours in courses outside of the department while meeting BYU's University Core requirements.
Program Outcomes: 

Effective Communication

Students will be able to communicate effectively with their audiences: Specifically, students will do so by planning and preparing mass communication messages in the appropriate style, using the appropriate research methods and appropriate technologies to best serve audience needs.

This learning outcome is aligned with the following ACEJMC Values and Competencies:

  • Write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the communications professions, audiences and purposes they serve;
  • Critically evaluate their own work and that of others for accuracy and fairness, clarity, appropriate style and grammatical correctness;
  • Conduct research and evaluate information by methods appropriate to the communications professions in which they work;
  • Apply basic numberical and statistical concepts;
  • Apply tools and technologies appropriate for the communications professions in which they work.

Professional Practice

Students will act professionally in their practice

Specifically, students will be able to practice communication within legal boundaries, while exhibiting standards of professional behavior and demonstrating sensitivity to ethical behavior. Students will also be literate in the language of the media industries.

Mass Communication Process

Students will be scholars of the mass communication process

Specifically, students will be able to apply relevant theory to communication practice, understand factors that shape their profession, value freedom of speech in the marketplace of ideas, and think critically about the relationship between mass media and society.

Applying Gospel-Centered Values

Students will be able to apply Gospel-centered values as they contribute to society

Specifically, students will respect diversity and agency in a global society, be able to exercise moral reasoning when faced with ethical dilemmas, and show a commitment to making a difference within their sphere of influence.