Bachelor's Degree in Journalism

Recommended Course Plan

Courses, prerequisites and credits

Course

Offered

Prerequisite

Credits

Lower Division Core

JRNL 100H- Media History and Literacy

Fall and Spring

3

Students must complete lower division prerequisites before moving into upper division courses.

JRNL 170- Elements of News Writing

Fall and Spring

Writ 101

3

JRNL 257-Beginning Visual Journalism

Fall and Spring

3

JRNL 270- Reporting

Fall and Spring

JRNL 170

3

four courses

Lower Division credit total

12

Upper Division Core

JRNL 300- First Amendment and Journalism Law

Spring

JRNL 270

3

JRNL 300 should be completed in the junior year and JRNL 400 should be completed in the senior year.

JRNL 400- Ethics and Trends in News Media

Fall and Spring

JRNL 270

3

JRNL 498- Supervised Internship

Fall, Spring and Summer

Junior status

1

three courses

Upper Division credit total

7

Electives

JRNL 328- Intermediate Photojournalism

Fall and Spring

JRNL 257

3

Students must complete at least five upper-division JRNL electives. One of those must be an upper- division writing course. (340, 352, 362 or 370)

JRNL 330- News Editing

Fall and Spring

JRNL 270

3

JRNL 331- Intermediate Web Reporting

Variable

JRNL 270

3

JRNL 332- Audience and Social Media

Fall

JRNL 270

3

JRNL 340- Intermediate Audio

Fall

JRNL 270

3

JRNL 342 Multimedia Sports Announcing and Writing

Fall

JRNL 270

3

JRNL 350- Intermediate Video

Fall and Spring

JRNL 257

3

JRNL 351- Intermediate Video Directing

Spring

JRNL 350

3

JRNL 352- Intermediate Video Reporting and Producing

Spring

JRNL 350

3

JRNL 362- Feature Writing

Fall and Spring

JRNL 270

3

JRNL 370- Public Affairs Reporting

Fall and Spring

JRNL 270

3

JRNL 414- Investigations

Fall

JRNL 270

3

JRNL 427- Advanced Photo & Multimedia Storytelling

Spring

JRNL 328

3

JRNL 428- Freelance Photography

Fall

JRNL 328

3

JRNL 429- Documentary Photojournalism

Variable

JRNL 427 or CI

3

JRNL 430- Print & Web Editing & Design

Spring

JRNL 330

3

JRNL 431- Online Journalism

Variable

JRNL 270

3

JRNL 432- Audience and Social Media II

Spring

JRNL 332

3

JRNL 433- Marketing Your Work

Spring

JRNL 270

2

JRNL 472- Opinion Writing

Fall

JRNL 270

3

JRNL 473- International Reporting

Spring

JRNL 270

3

JRNL 494- Pollner Seminar

Fall and Spring

JRNL 270 and CI

five courses

Electives credit total

15

Capstone Courses

JRNL 410- Native News Honors Project

Spring

JRNL 270 and CI

3

Students must complete at least one designated capstone course

JRNL 411- Reporting Native News

Spring

JRNL 270 and CI

3

JRNL 412- Montana Journalism Review

Fall

JRNL 270 and CI

3

JRNL 440- Advanced Audio

Spring

JRNL 340 or CI

3

JRNL 470- Covering Elections

Fall even numbered years

JRNL 370 or CI

3

JRNL 471- Covering the Legislature

Spring odd numbered years

JRNL 370 or CI

6-12

JRNL 480- Advanced Video Reporting

Fall

JRNL 352

3

JRNL 481- Advanced Video Photo and Directing

Fall

JRNL 351

3

JRNL 488- Student Documentary Unit

Spring

JRNL 351,352, CI

3

one course

Capstone credit total

3

 

Total

B.A. Journalism

Degree credit total

43-48

For incoming students staring in Fall of 2020, 43 journalism credits will be the minimum for a BA in Journalism. (That's an increase from 37.)