Journalism (BA)

Arts and Sciences
HEGIS Number: 0602

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Course Descriptions
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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 local 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 have at least one hands-on Fieldwork experience as part of their degree program.


Journalism BA


Major Requirements


I. Required Foundation Courses

JOUR280Introduction to Journalism 
JOUR281Introduction to Feature Writing 

II. Additional Required Courses

ENG270Introduction to Grammar and Syntax 
POL103Politics and Government in the United States 
POL285Urban Government in the United States* 
JOUR285Basics of Online Journalism 
JOUR383Beat Reporting and Community News Coverage 
JOUR385Essentials of Editing 
JOUR387Journalism Ethics and Legal Issues 
*Students who major in Journalism and minor in Political Science must take both POL 103 and POL 285 to satisfy the requirements of both programs. All other Journalism majors may take either POL 103 or POL 285. 

III. Electives

In consultation with an advisor, choose a minimum of four courses from the following, with at least one course at the 300-level.** 
CT101Digital Storytelling 
CT240Studio Television Production 
ENG286Introduction to Creative Writing 
JOUR282Introduction to Writing Broadcast News 
JOUR284Social Justice Journalism 
JOUR321Editorial Writing, Commentary and Criticism 
JOUR322Advanced Feature Writing 
JOUR381Investigative Journalism & In-Depth Reporting 
JOUR382Non-Fiction Book Writing 
JOUR384Journalism Literature 
JOUR388Digital Photojournalism 
JOUR389Advanced Reporting and Writing for Broadcast News 
JOUR399Special Topics in Journalism 

IV. Capstone***

Journalism Majors must take one 3 credit fieldwork course after they have completed 27 credits in the major.

JOUR481Journalism Fieldwork I 
Students may take JOUR 483 Journalism Fieldwork II as a second fieldwork elective. 

**Advisors may direct 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.

***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.