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  Academic Programs / Media & Communication

Journalism

Andrew Mendelson, Ph.D., Department Chair
316 Annenberg Hall
215-204-7433
journ@temple.edu

http://smc.temple.edu/journalism/

The curriculum for Journalism is based on developing critical thinking in students for a multimedia, urban, journalistic environment. This requires a broad educational background coupled with rigorous professional training. The curriculum emphasizes subject matter from other disciplines, particularly those in the liberal arts. The department also believes that effective writing is central to communication and is, therefore, integral to the department curriculum. 

Graduates of the program will develop:

1.  Strong skills in reporting, writing, photography, audio/video newsgathering, print and web editing and design.

2.  The ability to analyze critically past and present trends of journalism and to help craft alternative forms of journalism for the future.

3.  A strong sense of ethical responsibility and the knowledge necessary for ethical decision-making.

4.  An understanding of digital and interactive media technologies.

5.  The ability to provide information in multimedia formats.

6.  A culture of collaboration through team reporting....

7.  ...in order to tell stories emanating from a diverse urban environment.

8.  A keen understanding of the increasingly-global nature of today's journalistic environment.

9.  An appreciation of free expression and awareness of legal constraints guiding responsible journalism.

Students need to meet the department’s nine required courses as well as 18 credits of journalism electives, forming an area of emphasis. A capstone experience, Journalism 4196, combines urban community journalism with multimedia storytelling. This capstone produces the online news site, PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods.com.

Students who major in Journalism enter a variety of careers, including those as web reporters and producers, newspaper reporters and editors, still and video photographers, radio and television reporters and producers, and magazine writers and editors.

Although students must ultimately be responsible for their own academic programs, freshmen and first-semester transfer students will first meet with a School of Media and Communication (SMC) academic advisor. During the sophomore and junior years, a student must meet at least once each year with a faculty advisor who is knowledgeable about the area of study the student is following. 

Temple's Journalism Department is one of only two programs in Pennsylvania accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC). The department has a chapter of the national journalism and mass communication honor society, Kappa Tau Alpha. Additionally, every spring the department awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to deserving majors.  

 

Degree Requirements

The degree of Bachelor of Arts may be conferred upon a student majoring in Journalism by recommendation of the faculty and upon satisfactory completion of a minimum of 124 semester hours of credit with a cumulative average of 2.0 overall and in the major.

Students must meet:

1. University requirements:

  • New students starting in the 2013-2014 academic year are required to complete the General Education (GenEd) curriculum.
  • All students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses. The specific writing-intensive courses required for this major are listed below with a "WI" in the Attribute column, and are identified in their course descriptions in Self Service Banner, accessible through the TU Portal.

2. School of Media and Communication requirements
3. Major requirements in the department

 

Requirements for the Major

The following liberal arts courses are required of Journalism majors:

 

Degree Requirements      
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
History 1101 U.S. History to 1877 3  
History 1102 U.S. History since 1877 3  
Political Science 1101 The American Political System 3  
Political Science 2102 American State & Local Politics    3  
      
Plus one of the following: 3  
Sociology 1176 Introduction to Sociology    
Geography & Urban Studies 1021 Urban Society: Race, Class & Community    
Geography & Urban Studies 1025 World Urban Patterns    
Geography & Urban Studies 0861 Urban Dynamics: Global, Regional & Local Connections   GU
     
Plus one of the following:   3  
Economics 0858 American Economy   GU
Economics 1001 Introduction to the Economy    
Economics 1101 Macroeconomic Principles    
Economics 1102 Microeconomic Principles    
Economics 1103 Global Economic Issues    
     
Plus one of the following:   3-4  
Mathematics 1013 Elements of Statistics    
Psychology 1167 Foundations in Statistical Methods    
Sociology 1167 Social Statistics    
Statistics 0826 Statistics & the News   GQ
Total     21-22  

Of the 124 semester hours required for graduation, at least 72 semester hours must be in courses outside Journalism including a minimum of 46 credits taken outside the School of Media and Communication.

Coursework taken in Business Education, lower-level credits in Military Science, and the Extern Program are not applicable towards graduation.

Only 8 semester hours will be accepted from Kinesiology and Dance activity courses. No more than 30 hours may be taken in any single CLA department or other SMC department without special written permission from the Department of Journalism. These requirements are to ensure a broad-based liberal arts education for each major.

Students required to take English 0701 must complete that requirement before enrolling in Journalism 1196.

Specific Major Requirements

To receive the degree of Bachelor of Arts, students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 124 credit hours in the university, with at least 45 credits in Journalism but no more than 52 credits in Journalism. Students are cautioned to plan their program so they do not exceed the 52-credit hour limit that is set by our accrediting body.

It is the student's responsibility to meet all course prerequisite requirements.

Journalism-related coursework must be evaluated for transfer (including courses taken through study abroad programs after enrolling at Temple University) by the Department Chair. No more than 12 credits in total will be accepted for transfer from an accredited journalism/mass communication program; nine from a non-accredited program. Under no circumstances will credit be allowed for duplicate courses.

The department does not award credit for academic or life experience. Students with extensive experience may present evidence and petition for a waiver of department course requirements.

Journalism majors must receive a grade of C or higher in all required department courses and electives for them to count for the major and must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the department as well as the 2.0 overall average required by the university to qualify for graduation.

Departmental Requirements for the Major

 

Foundation Courses      
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Journalism 1101 Elements of Writing* 2  
Journalism 1111 Journalism & Society* 3  
Journalism 1196 Writing for Journalism* 3 WI
Journalism 1113 Audio/Visual Newsgathering 3  
Journalism 1114 Design for Journalists 3  
Total     14  
     
Advanced Courses      
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Journalism 2101 Journalism Research 3  
Journalism 3101 Journalism & the Law 3  
Journalism 3601 Multimedia Storytelling 3  
Total     9  
     
Capstone Course      
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Journalism 4196 PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods.com 4 WI
     
Area of Emphasis Electives   18  
(2000-level and above only)    
     
Total Number of Journalism Credits required: 45  

*Completion of Journalism 1101, 1111 and 1196 with grades of C or better is required before students enroll in any Journalism classes numbered higher than 1111.

A maximum of 6 credits may be earned for internships and a maximum of 3 credits for independent studies. If students plan to take multiple internships, please keep in mind the six-credit maximum. Internships may be taken for 1-3 credits.

Please take notice of all prerequisites.


 

Suggested Semester By Semester Plan

Please note that these are suggested academic plans. Depending on your situation, your academic plan may look different.

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2013-2014 Academic Year

 

Year 1 - Fall
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Journalism 1101 Elements of Writing 2  
Journalism 1111 Journalism and Society 3  
English 0802, 0812 or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Quantitative Literacy 4 GQ
Political Science 1101 The American Political System 3  
Communications & Theater 1001 Freshman Seminar  1  
Semester Total     17  
 
Year 1 - Spring
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Journalism 1196 Writing for Journalism 3 WI
History 1101 U.S. History to 1877 3   
Intellectual Heritage 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Human Behavior 3 GB
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Arts 3-4 GA
Semester Total     15-16  
 
Year 2 - Fall
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Journalism 1113 Audio-Visual Newsgathering 3  
Journalism   Journalism Area of Specialization 3  
Intellectual Heritage 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
Political Science 2102 American State & Local Politics 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology I 3 GS
Semester Total     15  
 
Year 2 - Spring
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Journalism 1114 Design for Journalists 3   
Journalism   Journalism Area of Specialization 3  
History 1102 U.S. History since 1877 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Global/World Society 3 GG
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology II 3 GS
Semester Total     15  
 
Year 3 - Fall
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Journalism 2101 Journalism Research 3  
Journalism   Journalism Area of Specialization 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx U.S. Society 3 GU
Electives   Non-Journalism Elective 3  
         
Select one of the following courses: 3  
Geography & Urban Studies 0861 Urban Dynamics: Global, Regional & Local Connections   GU
Geography & Urban Studies 1021 Urban Society: Race, Class & Community    
Geography & Urban Studies 1025 World Urban Patterns    
Sociology 1176 Introduction to Sociology    
Semester Total     15  
 
Year 3 - Spring
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Journalism 3101 Journalism and the Law 3   
Journalism   Journalism Area of Specialization 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Race & Diversity 3 GD
         
Select one of the following courses: 3  
Economics 0858 The American Economy   GU
Economics 1001 Introduction to Economics    
Economics 1101 Macroeconomic Principles    
Economics 1102 Microeconomic Principles    
Economics 1103 Global Economic Issues    
         
Select one of the following courses: 3-4  
Mathematics 1013 Elements of Statistics    
Psychology 1167 Foundations in Statistical Methods    
Sociology 1167 Social Statistics    
Statistics* 0826 Statistics & the News   GQ
Semester Total     15-16  
 
Year 4 - Fall
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Journalism 3601 Multimedia Storytelling 3  
Journalism   Journalism Area of Specialization 3  
Journalism   Journalism Area of Specialization 3  
Electives   Non-Journalism Electives 6  
Semester Total     15  
 
Year 4 - Spring
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Journalism 4196 PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods.com 4 WI
Electives   Non-Journalism Electives 11-12  
Semester Total     15-16  
         
Total Hours for B.A. in Journalism: 124 (minimum)
 
* If Statistics 0826 not taken as GenEd Quantitative Literacy (GQ) Requirement.
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