Journalism (BA)

Arts and Sciences
HEGIS Number: 0602

The Online Bulletin is for information purposes only. Current students must complete the requirements as outlined in the York Bulletin as applicable.
Course Descriptions
Course descriptions can be found in the online PDF version of the Bulletin

Students majoring in Journalism receive a comprehensive grounding in strong traditional writing and reporting skills, as well as in interactive media delivery methods, ethics and legal issues, and localized new coverage.

The Journalism Major offers concentrations in News Writing and Reporting, Broadcast Journalism, and Book and Magazine Publishing. The degree program combines a strong liberal arts and general journalism education with specific training in these areas of media, all centered right here in New York City. Students majoring in journalism are given at least one hands-on Fieldwork experience.

Effective Fall 2014


Journalism BA


Major Requirements


I. Required Foundation Courses

(Normally taken during Sophomore year)
JOUR280 Introduction to Journalism 
JOUR281 Introduction to Feature Writing 

II. Additional Required Courses

(Normally taken during Sophomore and Junior year)
ENG270 Introduction to Grammar and Syntax 
POL103 Politics and Government in the United States 
JOUR285 Basics of Online Journalism 
JOUR383 Beat Reporting and Community News Coverage 
JOUR385 Essentials of Editing 
JOUR387 Journalism Ethics and Legal Issues 

III. Electives

Choose a minimum of four courses (in consultation with an advisor) from the following, with at least one course at the 300-level:
CT101 Digital Storytelling 
CT240 Studio Television Production 
ENG286 Introduction to Creative Writing 
JOUR282 Introduction to Writing Broadcast News 
JOUR321 Editorial Writing, Commentary and Criticism 
JOUR322 Advanced Feature Writing 
JOUR381 Investigative Journalism & In-Depth Reporting 
JOUR382 Non-Fiction Book Writing 
JOUR384 Journalism Literature 
JOUR388 Digital Photojournalism 
JOUR389 Advanced Reporting and Writing for Broadcast News 
JOUR399 Special Topics in Journalism 

IV. Capstone*

Journalism Majors may take up to 6 credits of Fieldwork (3 credits for each semester of their senior year).
Choose one course from the following:  
JOUR481 Journalism Fieldwork I 
JOUR483 Journalism Fieldwork II 

*Senior Project: Seniors will present a cumulative portfolio for review upon completion of fieldwork. In addition, for students to qualify for Journalism Fieldwork they are required to have senior status and 27 credits towards the major.

** Advisors may steer students to specific combinations of electives in Broadcast Journalism or News Writing and Reporting or Publishing, depending on students' career goals. Advisors may deem certain elective courses as acceptable for more than one study area. Special Topics in Journalism courses will be designated for different study areas in consultation with advisors.

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