Bachelor's Degree in Journalism

Recommended Course Plan

Courses, prerequisites and credits

Course

Offered

Prerequisite

Credits

Lower Division Core

JRNL 100H- Journalism and American Society

Fall and Spring

3

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

JRNL 170- Writing the News

Fall and Spring

3

JRNL 257-Beginning Video and Photojournalism

Fall and Spring

3

JRNL 270- Reporting the News

Fall and Spring

JRNL 170

3

 

Lower Division credit total

12

 

 

Lower Division Electives

 

 JRNL 140A - Introduction to Radio/Audio Storytelling

Fall

JRNL 102Y - News Literacy: Calling Bullsh*t

Fall

3

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- Social Media and Audience

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- Beat 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 330 - News Editing

Spring and Fall

JRNL 270 

 

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

Diversity in the Media (Course Number TBA)

Variable

(Course Number TBA)

3

JRNL 391 - Hollywood and the War Correspondent

Fall 

 JRNL 391

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. Each capstone also includes a 3-credit lab.

JRNL 411- Reporting Native News

Spring

JRNL 270 and CI

3

JRNL 412- Magazine Production and Design

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- Reporting Video News

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 and later 43 journalism credits will be the minimum for a BA in Journalism. (That's an increase from 37.)

Four-Year Academic Plan

University of Montana - Four-Year Academic Plan 2022-23
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-Media History and Literacy 3   JRNL270-Reporting (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   Elective Outside JRNL 6   Electives Outside JRNL 9   Upper-Division Elective Outside JRLN 3
  General Education Requirements 3         Electives Outside JRNL 6
  JRNL 194-Freshman Seminar 1            
           
             
Credits 14 Credits 15 Credits 15 Credits 15

Spring

 

Spring

 

Spring

 

Spring

 

  JRNL 170-Elements of News Writing 3   Upper-Division JRNL Elective  3   JRNL 300-First Amendment and JRNL Law 3   JRNL-Capstone + lab 6
  *JRNL 257-Beginning Visual Journalism 3   Elective Outside JRLN 6   Upper-Division JRNL Elective  3   Upper-Division JRNL Elective  3
  Foreign Language 4   General Education Requirements 6   Upper-Division Elective Outside JRLN 3   Upper-Division Elective Outside JRLN 3
  General Education Requirements 6         Elective Outside JRNL 6      
               
             
               
Credits 16 Credits 15 Credits 15 Credits 12
Summer
 
Summer
 
Summer
 
Summer
 
      JRNL 498-Supervised Internship 3    
           
               
               
Credits 0 Credits 0 Credits 3 Credits 0
Total Credits 30 Total Credits 60 Total Credits 93 Total Credits 120