Ithaca College

Roy H. Park School of Communications

Journalism

Bachelor of Arts

Mead Loop, Associate Professor and Chair

The Department of Journalism offers an integrated curriculum designed to prepare students for careers in journalism, law, and other professions. The concept of media convergence is a key component of the curriculum. This means journalism students are taught print, broadcast, and digital journalism in the majority of their classes so that they develop expertise that can easily be applied to the rapidly changing world of journalism, which requires journalists to communicate effectively in more than one medium.

Academic Policies

Majors, including freshmen, are required to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 in all required courses (with the exception of language or minor requirements), as well as an overall cumulative GPA of 3.00. All majors must complete a minimum of 60 credits outside communications, and a minimum of 75 percent of their credits (normally 90) in courses designated as liberal arts (LA). Transfer students applying to the B.A. in journalism must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher to have their application considered; however, this minimum does not guarantee acceptance to the degree program. This applies to all applicants to the degree program, including students transferring from another major in the Park School or at Ithaca College and those applying from other academic institutions.

Requirements for the Major

*Denotes a liberal arts course

Major requirements

JOUR-11100

Introduction to Journalism*

4

JOUR-11200

Journalism Research*

4

TVR-12100

Introduction to Mass Media*

3

JOUR-21100

News Reporting and Writing I*

4

JOUR-21200

News Reporting and Writing II*

4

JOUR-21300

Ethical Issues in Mass Communication*

3

JOUR-25000

History of U.S. Mass Media*

3

TVR-31200

Government and Media*

3

JOUR-38300

News Editing

4

JOUR-39001-39099

Special Topics in Journalism*

3

JOUR-48800

Issues and the News*

3

Total

38

Digital, print, television workshop requirement (two courses are required)

JOUR-48000

Digital Journalism Workshop (4)

JOUR-48200

Print Journalism Workshop (4)

JOUR-48600

Television Journalism Workshop (4)

Total

8

Writing requirement (one course or demonstrated equivalent proficiency is required)

WRTG-10800

Academic Writing I for Humanities and Sciences* (4)

WRTG-11100

Academic Writing II* (3)

Total

3-4

Minor requirement

Journalism majors are required to choose a minor outside of the Roy H. Park School of Communications. Journalism majors may not have a business minor without undertaking additional liberal arts courses. Total credits in the minor must be 18 to 25 and may not include communications courses, except for the communications courses in the culture and communication minor.

Second language requirement

Journalism majors are required to learn a language other than their native language through the intermediate level or to demonstrate equivalent proficiency as part of their degree requirements. This may require up to four courses, depending on the level of proficiency demonstrated.

Summary

Major requirements

38

Digital, print, television workshops requirement

8

Writing requirement

3-4

Minor requirement

18-25

Second language requirement

0-12

Electives

33-53

Total, B.A. in journalism

120

Minor in Journalism

Mead Loop, Associate Professor and Coordinator

Not open to journalism majors. Information concerning application deadlines, admission criteria, and program requirements is available in the journalism department office. Enrollment in the minor is limited. Students must have a cumulative GPA above 3.25 in order to apply to the journalism minor, but this minimum does not guarantee acceptance.

The minor in journalism offers students the opportunity to expand and enhance their college experience. It is designed to give students from a variety of disciplines a broad-based yet rigorous knowledge of journalistic theory and practice. Students work on news and public affairs coverage of issues relevant to their own major areas through a variety of lecture, seminar, and laboratory courses. The concept of media convergence is a key component of the minor curriculum. This means students in the journalism minor are taught print, broadcast, and digital journalism in many of their classes so that they develop expertise that can be applied to the rapidly changing world of journalism.

Requirements for the Minor
Required courses

*Denotes a liberal arts course

JOUR-11100

Introduction to Journalism*

4

JOUR-11200

Journalism Research*

4

TVR-12100

Introduction to Mass Media*

3

JOUR-21100

News Reporting and Writing I*

4

JOUR-21200

News Reporting and Writing II*

4

JOUR-48800

Issues and the News*

3

Total

22

Choose one of the following:

JOUR-21300

Ethical Issues in Mass Communication* (3)

JOUR-25000

History of U.S. Mass Media* (3)

TVR-31200

Government and Media* (3)

3

Total, minor in journalism

25

Additional requirements

Minors are required to maintain a GPA of at least 3.00 in all required courses, as well as an overall cumulative GPA of 3.00.