Communication: Journalism Bachelor of Arts

Emphasizes the theory and practice of all forms of journalism including print, electronic, and Internet. An interdisciplinary approach will prepare critical thinkers and reflective practitioners. Research, writing, production, and analysis are all stressed. The program balances the teaching and learning of the practical skills needed in the profession with intellectual, historical, theoretical, and analytic foundations necessary for good journalists.

Requirements for Communication: Journalism

(44-45 credit hours, which includes core requirements of 7 credit hours; at least 12 credit hours must be taken at Fredonia)

Communication Core (7 credit hours):

COMM 101Fundamentals of Communication

3

COMM 105Public Speaking

3

COMM 199Communication Orientation

1

Total Credit Hours:7

Group A - Major Core (18 credit hours):

COMM 130Foundations in Journalism

3

COMM 230News Gathering

3

COMM 231Storytelling: Words, Images, Sound

3

COMM 232Critical Analysis of Journalism

3

COMM 420Communication Law and Ethics

3

COMM 440Journalism Convergence Capstone

3

Total Credit Hours:18

Group B (6-7 credit hours, choose one of the following two-course sequences):

COMM 346Print/Digital Editing and Design

3

COMM 347Print/Digital Narrative

3

or

COMM 395Radio News and Podcasting

4

COMM 345Broadcast Writing and Presentation

3

Total Credit Hours:6-7

Group C (9 credit hours, one course from each of the following three categories):

C1 Experiential Courses (1 credit hour from one of the following courses):

Short-term study abroad

COMM 480Communication Internship

1-15

COMM 470Fredonia Radio Systems/WNYF/Leader Practicum

3

Total Credit Hours:1

C2 Theory Courses (3 credit hours):

COMM 102Mass Media and Society

3

COMM 221Interpersonal Communication

3

COMM 222Principles of Public Relations

3

COMM 295Research Methods

3

COMM 301Group Communication

3

COMM 302Rhetoric and Criticism

3

COMM 313Political Communication

3

COMM 359Special Topics in Communication

1-3

COMM 385International Media

3

COMM 460Organizational Communication

3

COMM 465Intercultural Communication

3

Total Credit Hours:3

C3 Skills Courses (9 credit hours):

C3A (6 credit hours):

COMM 315Selected Topics in Journalism

3

Total Credit Hours:6

NOTE:

  • COMM 315 is to be taken twice, with different topics, for a total of 6 credit hours.
  • Specialty topics will include Governmental Affairs Reporting, Arts Journalism, Sports Journalism, Investigative Journalism, and others depending on demand and availability of staff.

C3B (3 credit hours from one of the following non-Journalism courses):

COMM 110Desktop Motion

1

COMM 111Web Design

1

COMM 112Desktop Video

1

COMM 113Flash

1

COMM 114Electronic Darkroom

1

COMM 115Advanced Electronic Darkroom

1

COMM 116Desktop Publishing

1

COMM 118Desktop Audio

1

COMM 244Introduction to Social Media

3

COMM 251Audio Production I

3

COMM 254Video Field Production

3

COMM 255Studio Production

3

COMM 312Multimedia Integration

3

ENGL 366Opinion in Journalism

3

COMM 459Special Topics in Communication

1-3

Total Credit Hours:3

NOTE:  COMM 110-116 and COMM 118: 3 mini courses. Only three credit hours may be from the one-credit mini-courses (COMM 111-116).

Total Credit Hours: 44-45