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 3696.
  2. Lew Klein College of Media and Communication requirements, including KLN 1001
  3. Minimum 46 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 3401Social Activism and Community 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 46-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.

Core Courses
JRN 1111Journalism and Society 13
JRN 1196Writing and Reporting 1, 23
JRN 1113Audio/Visual Newsgathering3
JRN 2114Journalism Innovation and Design3
JRN 3101Journalism Law and Ethics3
JRN 36963
Capstone Course
Select one of the following:4
JRN 4173
Philadelphia Neighborhoods II: Audio Visual Storytelling
JRN 4174
Philadelphia Neighborhoods II: The Magazine
JRN 4175
Philadelphia Neighborhoods II: Data, Development and Design
JRN 4196
Philadelphia Neighborhoods Capstone: News Beat
The Future of Journalism
Select at least one of the following:3
JRN 2111
The Practice and Process of News
JRN 3258
Solutions Journalism
JRN 3709
The Entrepreneurial Journalist
JRN 3701
Contemporary Issues in Journalism
JRN 3712
The Business of Journalism
Related Special Topics courses in Journalism
Democracy, Inclusion, and Representation
Select at least one of the following:3
JRN 3702
Race and Racism in the News
JRN 3703
History of Journalism
JRN 3705
Gender and American Mass Media
JRN 3706
Journalism and Globalization
JRN 3711
Ethnic and Alternative News Media
Related Special Topics courses in Journalism
Area of Specialization Electives
Select a minimum of 6 Journalism courses. Students are open to take any elective in the department. The following lists offer guidance on which courses relate to each other by medium and topic area:18-24
Broadcast Journalism
JRN 2501
Broadcast Newswriting
JRN 2551
Broadcast Performance
JRN 3501
Radio News Reporting
JRN 3502
TV News Reporting
JRN 3504
Broadcast News Documentary
JRN 3506
Broadcast News Producing
JRN 3551
Advanced Video Newsgathering
JRN 3552
Crossroads: TUTV News Magazine
JRN 3554
A Broader View
JRN 4596
Broadcast Journalism Practicum
Magazine
JRN 2301
Introduction to Magazines
JRN 2396
Magazine Article Writing
JRN 3301
Magazine Editing
JRN 3302
Longform Magazine Writing
JRN 3303
Magazine Design
JRN 3351
Magazine Fiction Workshop
Visual Journalism
JRN 3401
Photography
JRN 3402
Photojournalism
JRN 3403
Documentary Photography
JRN 3404
Photography Seminar I
JRN 3405
Photography Seminar II
JRN 3451
Photographic Portfolio
JRN 3482
Photography Special Projects
JRN 3707
Visual Communication
Media Entrepreneurship and Innovation
JRN 3251
Business Writing
JRN 3505
Experimental Journalism
JRN 3605
Data Journalism
JRN 3708
Newsroom Management
JRN 3709
The Entrepreneurial Journalist
JRN 3712
The Business of Journalism
News and Public Affairs
JRN 2201
Public Affairs Reporting
JRN 2202
Editing the News
JRN 2702
News Literacy
JRN 3201
Investigative Reporting
JRN 3252
Editorial Writing
JRN 3253
Health and Environmental Writing
JRN 3605
Data Journalism
JRN 3702
Race and Racism in the News
JRN 3704
Ethical Issues in Journalism
JRN 3887
High School Journalism Workshop
Arts and Culture
JRN 2396
Magazine Article Writing
JRN 3256
Writing Humor
JRN 3296
JRN 3297
Writing Arts Criticism
JRN 3302
Longform Magazine Writing
JRN 3403
Documentary Photography
JRN 3351
Magazine Fiction Workshop
JRN 3901
Honors: Comics Journalism
International Journalism
JRN 3254
International Reporting
JRN 3296
JRN 3706
Journalism and Globalization
JRN 3711
Ethnic and Alternative News Media
JRN 3751
Foreign Studies in Journalism
JRN 3810
Special Topics in Journalism
JRN 3885
Internship
JRN 4571
International Studies in Media and Communication
Sports
JRN 3255
Sports Writing
JRN 3257
Advanced Sports Reporting
JRN 4597
Sports Production Practicum
JRN 2800
Special Topics in Journalism (Sports focus)
JRN 3800
Special Topics in Journalism (Sports focus)
JRN 3887
High School Journalism Workshop
Longform and Narrative Storytelling
JRN 2396
Magazine Article Writing
JRN 3302
Longform Magazine Writing
JRN 3352
Ripped from the Headlines
JRN 3403
Documentary Photography
JRN 3504
Broadcast News Documentary
JRN 3901
Honors: Comics Journalism
Critical Analysis of Journalism / Journalism Studies
JRN 2701
Approaches to Research in Journalism Studies
JRN 2702
News Literacy
JRN 3700
Journalism Studies Special Topics
JRN 3701
Contemporary Issues in Journalism
JRN 3702
Race and Racism in the News
JRN 3703
History of Journalism
JRN 3704
Ethical Issues in Journalism
JRN 3705
Gender and American Mass Media
JRN 3706
Journalism and Globalization
JRN 3707
Visual Communication
JRN 3711
Ethnic and Alternative News Media
JRN 3719
Research Colloquium in Journalism Studies
Writing and Editing
JRN 2202
Editing the News
JRN 2396
Magazine Article Writing
JRN 3251
Business Writing
JRN 3253
Health and Environmental Writing
JRN 3255
Sports Writing
JRN 3256
Writing Humor
JRN 3296
JRN 3297
Writing Arts Criticism
JRN 3302
Longform Magazine Writing
Total Credit Hours46-52

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
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