Summary of 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:
    1. All students are required to complete the General Education (GenEd) curriculum.
    2. All students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses in the major at Temple University. The specific writing-intensive courses required for this major are JRN 1196 and JRN 4196.
  2. Lew Klein College of Media and Communication requirements.
  3. Minimum 45 credits in Journalism required. Maximum 52 credits in the Lew Klein College of Media and Communication permitted (excluding certain Communication and Social Influence courses). Students must complete 72 credits outside the Lew Klein College of Media and Communication.
    1. Students are cautioned to plan their program so they do not exceed the 52-credit hour limit (excluding certain Communication and Social Influence courses) that is set by our accrediting body.
    2. Below is the list of Communication and Social Influence courses that could be exempted from the ACEJMC accreditation cap:
      CSI 1111Introduction to Public Speaking3
      or CSI 1911 Honors Introduction to Public Speaking
      CSI 1112Introduction to Communication and Social Influence3
      CSI 1113Persuasion3
      CSI 1201Communication and Civic Engagement3
      CSI 1401Conflict and Communication Behavior3
      CSI 1601Communication and Behavior Change3
      CSI 2111Argumentation and Advocacy3
      CSI 2112Social Influence Inquiry3
      CSI 2201The Meaningful Enjoyment of Civic Life3
      CSI 2296Resistance, Protests, and Social Movements (WI)3
      CSI 2401Intercultural and Cross Cultural Conflict3
      CSI 2403Civil Disobedience3
      CSI 2602Rhetoric of Hate and Violence3
      CSI 2696Risk Communication (WI)3
      CSI 3201Rhetoric and Civic Culture3
      CSI 3401Urban Organizing3
      CSI 3402Conflict and Influence: Identity, Emotion and Power3
      CSI 3601Misperceptions and Misinformation3
      CSI 3602Rhetoric of Science3
      CSI 3701Intercultural Communication3
      CSI 3702Communication, Culture and Identity3
      CSI 3896Rhetorical Criticism (WI)3
      CSI 4402Multiparty Conflict Proceses: Dialogue, Facilitation and Multiparty Mediation3
      CSI 4601Narrative Persuasion3
  4. For Journalism department courses to fulfill the 45-credit requirement in the Journalism major, students must earn a grade of C- or higher.
  5. 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.
  6. Only 8 credits will be accepted from Kinesiology and Dance activity courses.
  7. No more than 30 credits may be taken in any single CLA department without special written permission from the Department of Journalism. These requirements are to ensure a broad-based liberal arts education for each major.
  8. 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; maximum 9 credits from a non-accredited program. Under no circumstances will credit be allowed for duplicate courses.
  9. 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.
  10. Coursework taken in Business Education, lower-level credits in Military Science, and the Extern Program are not applicable towards graduation.

Departmental Requirements for the Major

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

Foundation Courses
JRN 1101Elements of Writing 12
JRN 1111Journalism and Society 13
JRN 1196Writing for Journalism 1, 23
JRN 1113Audio/Visual Newsgathering3
JRN 1114Design for Journalists3
Advanced Courses
JRN 2101Journalism Research3
JRN 3101Journalism and the Law3
JRN 3601Multimedia Storytelling3
Capstone Course
JRN 4196Philadelphianeighborhoods.com4
Area of Emphasis Electives
2000-level and above electives18
Total Credit Hours45

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


Students required to take ENG 0701 Introduction to Academic Discourse must complete that requirement before enrolling in JRN 1196 Writing for Journalism.

Required Liberal Arts Courses for the Journalism Major

HIST 1101U.S. History to 18773
HIST 1102U.S. History since 18773
POLS 1101The American Political System3
POLS 2102American State and Local Politics3
Select one of the following:3
GUS 0861
Urban Dynamics: Global, Regional, and Local Connections
GUS 1021
Urban Society: Race, Class, and Community
GUS 1025
World Urban Patterns
SOC 1176
Introduction to Sociology
Select one of the following:3
ECON 0858
The American Economy
ECON 1001
Introduction to the Economy
ECON 1101
Macroeconomic Principles
ECON 1102
Microeconomic Principles
ECON 1103
Global Economics Issues
Select one of the following:3-4
MATH 1013
Elements of Statistics
PSY 1167
Foundations in Statistical Methods
SOC 1167
Social Statistics
STAT 0826
Statistics in the News
Total Credit Hours21-22