Bachelor of Arts
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 for the major
Majors, including freshmen, are required to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 in all required courses, which does not include the 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. This applies to all applicants to the degree program, including students transferring from another major in the Park School or from another major at Ithaca College, and those applying from other academic institutions.
(*denotes a liberal arts course)
Requirements for the Major
Digital, print, television workshop requirement (two courses are required)
Writing requirement (one course or demonstrated equivalent proficiency is required)
Journalism majors are required to choose a minor outside of the Roy H. Park School of Communications. Some suggested required minors (and the credits required) are in anthropology (18), economics (21-22), history (21), philosophy (18), politics (21), or sociology (21). 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.
Foreign Language Requirement
Journalism majors are required to complete a foreign 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.
Christopher Harper, Professor and Park Distinguished Chair, and Coordinator
Not open to journalism majors. Information concerning application deadlines, admission criteria, and program requirements is available in the journalism department office. Students must have a cumulative GPA above 3.00 in order to apply to the journalism minor.
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. Enrollment in the minor is limited. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 in order to apply to the minor.
Required courses for the minor
(*denotes a liberal arts course)
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Additional requirements for the minor
Minors are required to maintain a GPA of 2.50 in all required courses, as well as an overall cumulative GPA of 2.50.
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