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.)

Suggested Four-Year Academic Map

Four-Year Suggested Academic Plan

University of Montana - Four-Year Academic Plan 2020-21

School of Journalism

B.A. in Journalism

 

This is an example of a four year graduation plan for a degree in Journalism.

This is a sample academic plan. Students should meet with an academic advisor prior to registration to formulate their own plan.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

 

Fall
 
Fall
 
Fall
 
Fall

 

 

JRNL 100HY-Journalism & American Society

3

 

JRNL270-Reporting the News (intermediate

writing course)

3

 

Upper-Division JRNL Elective

3

 

JRNL 400-Ethics and Trends in News Media

3

 

*WRIT 101-College Writing 1

3

 

General Education Requirements

6

 

Upper-Division Elective Outside JRLN

3

 

Upper-Division JRNL Elective (advanced writing

course)

3

 

Foreign Language

4

 

LD Journalism elective

3

 

Electives Outside JRNL

9

 

Upper-Division Elective Outside JRLN

3

 

General Education Requirements

6

 

LD electives outside journalism

3

 

 

 

 

Electives Outside JRNL

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Credits

16

Credits

15

Credits

15

Credit

12

Spring
 
Spring
 
Spring
 
Spring
 

 

JRNL 170-Writing the News

3

 

Upper-Division JRNL Electives

6

 

JRNL 300-First Amendment and JRNL

Law

3

 

JRNL-Capstone

6

 

JRNL 257A-Video and Photo Journalism

3

 

Lower-Division outside electives

6

 

Upper-Division JRNL Elective

3

 

 

 

 

Foreign Language

4

 

General Education Requirements

3

 

Upper-Division Elective Outside JRLN

3

 

Upper-Division Elective Outside JRLN

6

 

General Education Requirements

6

 

 

 

 

Elective Outside JRNL

6

 

Elective outside JRNL

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Credits

16

Credits

15

Credits

15

Credits

15

Summer

 

Summer

 

Summer

 

Summer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JRNL 498-Supervised Internship

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Credits

0

Credits

0

Credits

1

Credits

0

Total Credits

32

Total Credits

62

Total Credits

93

Total Credits

120

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

*Students who can't take WRIT 101 until spring should take JRNL 257 instead of WRIT 101. Students who take WRIT 101 in spring should add it in place of JRNL 257.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rev 2/19