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Department of Journalism

Andrew Mendelson , Ph.D., Department Chair
316 Annenberg Hall

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 traditional liberal arts and sciences. The department also believes that effective writing is central to communication and is, therefore, integral to the department curriculum. 

Students need to meet the department’s foundation requirements, as well as the requirements of their chosen sequence. The Journalism sequences are:  Broadcast Journalism, Magazine, News-Editorial, and Photography for the Mass Media. A capstone experience, the Multimedia Urban Reporting Lab (MURL) combines community journalism with multimedia storytelling.

Students who major in Journalism enter a variety of careers, including those as broadcasters, online and news reporters, news producers and managers, graphic designers, photographers, radio and television anchors, 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 Communications and Theater 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 sequence of study the student is following. 

The department has a chapter of the national journalism and mass media honor society, Kappa Tau Alpha. Additionally, every spring the department awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to deserving majors. Once a year, the department holds an induction ceremony for the outstanding majors and hosts a nationally-known speaker. 

There are also active student organizations affiliated with national groups. Temple’s Journalism Department is one of the only two programs in Pennsylvania accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC).

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 126 semester hours of credit with a cumulative average of 2.0 overall and in the major.

Students must meet:
1. University Core requirements
2. School of Communications and Theater requirements
3. Major requirements in the department

Requirements for the Major

The following University-wide courses are required of Journalism majors, some of which also count toward the University Core Curricular requirements:

Degree Requirements      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
History CO67 U.S. History to 1877 3 AC 
History CO68 U.S. History since 1877 3 AC 
Political Science CO51 The American Political System 3 AC 
Political Science 0145 American State and Local Politics    3  
Sociology CO50 Intro to Sociology 3 IN  
Plus one of the following:      
Economics CO50 Introduction to the Economy 3 IN 
Economics CO51 Macroeconomic Principles 3 IN 
Economics CO52 Microeconomic Principles 3 IN 
Economics CO55 Global Economic Issues 3 IS 
Economics R065 Economics of Diversity 3 RS 
Plus one of the following:      
Statistics C021 Statistical Methods and Concepts 3 QB
Mathematics C067 Elements of Statistics 3 QB
Psychology C067 Foundations of Statistical Methods 3 QB
Sociology C067 Social Statistics 3 QB
Total     21  

Of the 126 semester hours required for graduation, at least 80 semester hours must be in courses outside Journalism; Broadcasting, Telecommunications, and Mass Media (BTMM);  and Advertising; 65 of those credits must be in liberal arts and science courses. This limits to 15 the number of credit hours taken from Education, Business, etc. if the student plans to graduate with no more than 126 credits.

The remaining semester hours required outside the department may be taken in any department of the University except Business Education. The department also does not count towards graduation credits earned through Sec. Ed. 0317, Topical Studies, Military Science, or the Extern Program.

Only 8 semester hours will be accepted from Kinesiology courses. No more than 30 hours may be taken in any single CLA department or other SCT 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 0040 must complete that requirement before enrolling in Journalism 0150.

Specific Major Requirements

To receive the degree of Bachelor of Arts, students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 126 credit hours in the University with at least 35 credits in Journalism (depending on the sequence) but no more than 46 credits in Journalism; Broadcasting, Telecommunication and Mass Media (BTMM); or Advertising. Students are cautioned to plan their program so they do not exceed the 46-credit hour limit that is set by our accrediting body.

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

A maximum of 12 semester hours of Journalism-related coursework may be transferred from a program accredited by the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. (This includes classes in public relations and advertising.) Students transferring from all other institutions will be allowed a maximum of 9 semester hours of Journalism-related transfer credit, including Journalism C055 (Journalism and Society) and Journalism 0150 (Writing for Journalism). 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 and sequence courses 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. Students who fall below a 2.0 average for a semester, for all department courses or in their overall University courses, will be placed on probation or academic warning, the first step toward dismissal.

Departmental Requirements for the Major

Foundation Courses      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
JOUR C055 Journalism and Society 3 IN
JOUR 0150 Writing for Journalism 3  
JOUR 0151 Audio/Visual Newsgathering Techniques 3  
JOUR 0152 Design for Journalism 3  
Total     12  
Advanced Courses      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
JOUR 0260 Electronic Information Gathering 3  
JOUR W382 Journalism and the Law 3 WI
JOUR   Studies Elective 3  
Total     9  
Capstone Course      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
JOUR 0388 Multimedia Urban Reporting Lab 4  
Sequence Requirements      
See individual Sequence sections    
Total Number of Journalism Credits required = 35-38, depending on sequence    

Note: Students placed into English 0040 must pass (with a C or better) the two-credit Mass Media Writing lab, JOUR 0051. Completion of JOUR CO55 and 0150 with grades of C or better is required before students enroll in any Journalism classes numbered higher than 0150.

Broadcast Journalism Sequence

Karen Turner, JD, Director

Students who wish to make a career in broadcast news, as a reporter, anchor, news writer, or producer should follow this course of study:

Required Courses        
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
JOUR 0234 Broadcast News Writing 3  
JOUR 0336 Radio News Reporting 3  
JOUR 0337 Television News Reporting 3  
JOUR 0338 Broadcast News Producing 3  
Recommended Electives        
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
JOUR 0216 Broadcast Performance 4  
JOUR 0372 Production Practicum - Temple Update      3  

Magazine Sequence

Laurence Stains, Director

Students who wish to pursue a career in the magazine industry should follow this course of study:

Required Courses        
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
JOUR 0222 Introduction to Magazines 3  
JOUR W231 Magazine Article Writing 3 WI
Choose two of the following:      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
JOUR 0354 Magazine Article Editing 3  
JOUR 0355 Advanced Magazine Writing 3  
JOUR 0356 Publication Design 3  

News Editorial Sequence

Linn Washington, JD, Director

This sequence of courses is designed for students who wish to become reporters, editors and managers of newspapers.  Students are encouraged to emphasize political science, finance, urban studies and language studies in their choice of coursework outside of the department.

Required Courses        
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
JOUR O251 Public Affairs Reporting 3  
JOUR 0255 Editing the News 3  
JOUR 0344 Investigative Reporting 3  
JOUR 0389 Internship 1-3  

Photography for the Mass Media Sequence                   

Edward J. Trayes, Ph.D., Director

Students who wish to make a career as a newspaper or magazine photographer or as a photography editor, should follow this course of study.

Required Courses        
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
JOUR 0362 Photography 4  
JOUR 0363 Photojournalism 2  
JOUR 0366 Documentary Photography 3  
JOUR 0368 Photography Seminar I 2  
JOUR 0369 Photography Seminar II 2  
Recommended Electives:      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
JOUR 0360 Visual Communication 3  
JOUR 0364 Photographic Portfolio 2  
JOUR 0365 Photography Special Projects 1-4  

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