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New Mexico State University

2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog


DEGREE: Bachelor of Arts

MAJOR: Journalism and Mass Communications

Studies in Journalism and Mass Communications prepares students for careers in mass media, including print, broadcasting, advertising, public relations and photojournalism. Students study these disciplines and learn the trends and changes in the industry, such as how they converge on the internet. The curriculum emphasizes the skills of gathering, evaluating and disseminating information and related skills. Students also are instructed in the theory, law, history and professional guidelines of mass media.

Students are required to complete 15 hours of core courses, 17 hours of core courses if they do not meet the required English ACT or SAT scores (see below), then complete a minimum 24 hours of courses in the department, bringing the allowable minimum of 39 hours (41 hours to those who don't meet the required English scores). Students must complete at least 72 hours of courses outside the department. Students are required to fulfill a Second Language equivalent to one year. Refer to the Arts & Sciences College Degree Requirements for specifics.

Requirements

Core Requirements (required of majors)

JOUR 102Grammar for Journalists

2 cr.

JOUR 105GMedia and Society

3 cr.

JOUR 110Introduction to Mass Media Writing

3 cr. (2+2P)

JOUR 201Introduction to Multimedia

3 cr.

JOUR 210Newswriting for Print and Internet

3 cr. (2+2P)

JOUR 493Mass Communications Law

3 cr.

JOUR 102: for those with ACT English score below 25 or SAT below 570

Students must pass JOUR 102 or have an ACT score of 25+ or 570+ SAT score prior to enrolling in basic writing classes, such as JOUR 110, Introduction to Mass Media Writing and higher writing-based JOUR courses and to earn a Journalism and Mass Communications Degree. However, students are allowed to take JOUR 110 while they are taking JOUR 102.

Advanced Requirements

Students must complete 24 hours of non-core courses, including at least one course from each category listed below. Entry into courses is subject to successful completion of appropriate prerequisites.

Introductory Professional Courses (Take one or more courses)

All introductory classes, except JOUR 310, don't require any prerequisite class to get into these classes. However, students must successfully finish JOUR 210 to get into JOUR 310.  

JOUR 300Introduction to Advertising

3 cr.

JOUR 302Video Production

3 cr.

JOUR 310Intermediate Print Reporting

3 cr.

JOUR 319Intro Photography

3 cr.

JOUR 321Media Graphic Design

3 cr.

JOUR 374Principles of Public Relations

3 cr.

JOUR 407Media Internship

3 cr.

JOUR 408Media Practicum

1-3 cr.

JOUR 300 and JOUR 374: recommended for students specializing in advertising or public relations (PR); JOUR 302: recommended for students specializing in broadcasting; JOUR 310: recommended for students specializing in news editorial or multi-media; JOUR 319: recommended for students specializing in photojournalism.

Intermediate Professional Courses (Take one or more courses)

JOUR 306Feature Writing for magazines and Newspapers

3 cr.

JOUR 312Advertising/Copywriting

3 cr.

JOUR 314Broadcast Reporting

3 cr. (2+2P)

JOUR 315News 22

1-3 cr.

JOUR 317News Editing

3 cr.

JOUR 320Photojournalism

3 cr.

JOUR 330Electronic News Gathering

3 cr. (2+4P)

JOUR 425Media Planning and Buying

3 cr.

JOUR 427Multimedia Publishing

3 cr.

JOUR 306, 317 and 427: recommended for students specializing in news editorial or multi-media; JOUR 312 and JOUR 425: recommended for students specializing in advertising and PR; JOUR 314, 315, and 330: recommended for students specializing in broadcasting; JOUR 320: recommended for students specializing in photojournalism.

Advanced/ Capstone Professional Courses (Take one or more courses)

JOUR 412Documentary Photojournalism

3 cr.

JOUR 414RTV Scriptwriting/Performance

3 cr.

JOUR 423Advanced Digital Reporting

3 cr. (2+2P)

JOUR 476Public Relations Cases and Problems

3 cr.

JOUR 490Advertising Campaigns

3 cr.

JOUR 412: capstone class for students specializing in photojournalism; JOUR 414: capstone class for students specializing in broadcasting; JOUR 423: capstone class for students specializing in news editorial or multi-media; JOUR 476: capstone class for students specializing in PR; JOUR 490: capstone class for students specializing in advertising.

Mass Communications Courses (Take one or more courses)

JOUR 350History of Mass Media

3 cr.

JOUR 377VMass Media Ethics

3 cr.

JOUR 380Women and the Mass Media

3 cr.

JOUR 460Public Relations Promotion in Sports

3 cr.

JOUR 484Public Opinion

3 cr.

JOUR 489Mass Media Research

3 cr.

JOUR 494Special Topics

3 cr.

JOUR 495Mass Communication Theory

3 cr.

JOUR 499Independent Study in Mass Communications

1-3 cr.