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Andrew Mendelson, Ph.D., Department Chair
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.
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:
2. School of Media and Communication requirements
The following liberal arts courses are required of Journalism majors:
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.
*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
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