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

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
Mexican American Studies6
MAS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
MAS 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 Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
Preparation for the Major21
MCOM 063. New Media3
MCOM 100W. Writing Workshop: Mass CommunicationsZ3
MCOM 163. Advanced New Media Technologies3
Academic Focus, chosen with approval of school major academic advisor12
Requirements of the Major42
Mass Communication Core18
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 from:
MCOM 104. Introduction to Mass Communications Research3
MCOM 105. Lifestyles, Diversity and the Media3
MCOM 106. Global Mass Communication3
Journalism Core24
JOUR 061. Writing for Print, Electronic and Online Media3
JOUR 095. Beginning Digital News Photography3
JOUR 132. Magazine Reporting, Print and Online3
JOUR 133. Editing and News Management3
JOUR 135. Reporting, Editing, and Management1-3
JOUR 136. Newspaper and Magazine Design3
JOUR 165. Television News Staff1-3
JOUR 166. Convergence Newsroom3
University Electives7
The JMC School is nationally accredited by the Association of College Educators in Journalism and Mass Communications. All journalism degree students must successfully complete 72 units outside the major, and of them, 65 must be liberal arts and science classes.

Total Units:120