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Journalism and Mass Communications

BS - Journalism

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example, course grade minimums). Associate Transfer Degrees (ADT) pathway roadmaps can be found here.

Journalism and Mass Communication International Experience Requirement

To satisfy the Journalism and Mass Communication Department international requirement, students must study abroad for at least nine days in an approved program (exemption from the study abroad portion of the requirement must be approved by the dean of the College of Applied Sciences and Arts based on compelling individual life experiences or physical limitations. A relevant cross-cultural experience in the U.S. will be substituted). Specific details can be found on the college website at http://www.sjsu.edu/chahs/international-experience/.


Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements50
Core Lower Division General Education33
Of the 39 units required by the university, 6 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C-" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Upper Division General Education9
Of the 9 units required by the university, 0 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A/B) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A/B, 2A/B) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
African American Studies6
AFAM 002A. African Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD23
AFAM 002B. African Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IID3+US1233
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015. Essentials of U.S. History D2+US13
POLS 015. Essentials of U.S. & California Government D3+US233
Chicana and Chicano Studies6
CCS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
CCS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see http://testing.sjsu.edu/wst. Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at http://info.sjsu.edu/gwar.html.
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
Preparation for the Major12
MCOM 063. New Media3
MCOM 072. Mass Communication and SocietyD33
MCOM 100W. Writing Workshop: Mass CommunicationsZ3
MCOM 163. Advanced New Media Technologies3
Requirements of the Major46-55
College International Experience0-3
In consultation with advisor, select an International Experience course that is followed by -ITL.
Core Courses18
JOUR 061. Writing for Print, Electronic and Online Media3
JOUR 095. Beginning Digital News Photography3
JOUR 130. Student Media Apprentice3
JOUR 132. Magazine Reporting, Print and Online3
JOUR 133. Editing and News Management3
MCOM 111. Internship3
Complete one course from:
JOUR 140A. Student Media Production: Update News3
JOUR 140B. Student Media Production: Spartan Daily3
JOUR 140C. Student Media Production: The Spear3
JOUR 140D. Student Media Production: Magazine3
Upper Division Journalism Electives13
JOUR 136. Newspaper and Magazine Design3
JOUR 140A. Student Media Production: Update News3
JOUR 140B. Student Media Production: Spartan Daily3
JOUR 140C. Student Media Production: The Spear3
JOUR 140D. Student Media Production: Magazine3
JOUR 142. Beginning Visual Journalism for Print/Electronic Media3
JOUR 150. News Media Management3
JOUR 167. Television News Magazine3
JOUR 176A. Documentary Unit I - Short Form Feature Production3
JOUR 176B. Documentary Unit II - Long Form/Series Production3
MCOM 070. Visual Communication for Modern Media3
MCOM 105. Lifestyles, Diversity and the Media3
MCOM 106. Global Mass Communication3
MCOM 107. Audio Podcasting, Aesthetics and Invention3
MCOM 108. Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality and Mass Media3
MCOM 139. Specialized Writing3
MCOM 180. Independent Study1-6
MCOM 180ITL. JMC International Experience1-6
Area of Specialization15-21
Select an area of specialization below or one of the following minors in consultation with advisor: Human Rights, Legal Studies, Sports & Social Action, or any science minor
Journalism
JOUR 140A. Student Media Production: Update News3
JOUR 140B. Student Media Production: Spartan Daily3
JOUR 136. Newspaper and Magazine Design3
JOUR 150. News Media Management3
MCOM 139. Specialized Writing3
Mass Communication
MCOM 070. Visual Communication for Modern Media3
MCOM 072. Mass Communication and SocietyD33
MCOM 101. Media Law and Ethics3
MCOM 111. Internship3
MCOM 180ITL. JMC International Experience3
Complete one course:
MCOM 104. Introduction to Mass Communications Research3
MCOM 105. Lifestyles, Diversity and the Media3
MCOM 106. Global Mass Communication3
Sports Journalism
JOUR 138. Sports Journalism Investigation3
JOUR 140C. Student Media Production: The Spear3
JOUR 150. News Media Management3
MCOM 180. Independent Study3
Two Journalism and Mass Communication Electives6
Visual Journalism & New Documentary
JOUR 136. Newspaper and Magazine Design3
JOUR 142. Beginning Visual Journalism for Print/Electronic Media3
JOUR 176A. Documentary Unit I - Short Form Feature Production3
JOUR 176B. Documentary Unit II - Long Form/Series Production3
MCOM 070. Visual Communication for Modern Media3
MCOM 180. Independent Study3
Complete one course from:
JOUR 140A. Student Media Production: Update News3
JOUR 140B. Student Media Production: Spartan Daily3
JOUR 140C. Student Media Production: The Spear3
JOUR 140D. Student Media Production: Magazine3
University Electives0-3

Total Units:120