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Ithaca College Undergraduate Catalog 2002-2003

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Journalism

Bachelor of Arts

Chair, to be appointed

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
Major requirements

227-11100

Introduction to Journalism*

4

227-11200

Journalism Research*

4

221-12100

Introduction to Mass Media*

3

227-21100

News Reporting and Writing I*

4

227-21200

News Reporting and Writing II*

4

227-21300

Ethical Issues in Mass Communication*

3

227-25000

History of U.S. Mass Media*

3

221-31200

Government and Media*

3

227-38300

News Editing

4

227-39000

Practicum in Journalism: Special Topics*

3

227-48800

Issues and the News*

3

 

Total

38

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

227-48000

Digital Journalism Workshop (4)

 

227-48200

Print Journalism Workshop (4)

 

227-48600

Television Journalism Workshop (4)

 
 

Total

8

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

377-10600

Academic Writing I* (3)

 

377-10700

Academic Writing II* (3)

 
 

Total

3

Minor Requirement

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.

Summary

 

Major requirements

38

 

Digital, print, television workshops requirement

8

 

Writing requirement

3

 

Minor requirement

18-25

 

Foreign language requirement

0-12

 

Electives

34-53

 

Total, B.A. in journalism

120

Minor in Journalism

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)

227-11100

Introduction to Journalism*

4

227-11200

Journalism Research*

4

221-12100

Introduction to Mass Media*

3

227-21100

News Reporting and Writing I*

4

227-21200

News Reporting and Writing II*

4

227-48800

Issues and the News*

3

 

Total

22

Choose one of the following

227-21300

Ethical Issues in Mass Communication* (3)

 

227-25000

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

 

221-31200

Government and Media* (3)

3

 

Total, minor in journalism

25

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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