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College of Humanities
Dean: Nancy McDermid
Department of Journalism
Chair: Erna Smith
Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism
Director: Iván Román
Professors--Burks, Johnson, J.T., Kobré, -Sellers
B.A. in Journalism
The Bachelor of Arts in Journalism prepares students for careers in journalism. This is accomplished by providing instruction that requires students to develop a working knowledge of the skills, laws, ethics, power, and responsibilities of the news media. A strong liberal arts education also is required.
The writing, editing, photography, and multimedia skills taught in the department prepare students for entry level jobs on a wide variety of newspapers, magazines, and new media. The critical thinking and clear expression that are taught in department courses prepare students well for jobs in broadcast journalism and in many fields outside journalism. Because of the department's national reputation for excellent preparation of students and for being ethnically diverse, students in the department are recruited from throughout the nation for internships and entry-level jobs in journalism.
BACHELOR OF ARTS IN JOURNALISM
To earn the Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, students must complete the core requirements of nineteen journalism units and take a total of 34 journalism units. For students in news-editorial and magazine sequences, only six journalism units may be lower division--JOUR 200 and JOUR 221 (plus JOUR 235 for photojournalism students), or their equivalents taken elsewhere. Courses numbered 300 and above are not open to freshmen. The department does not require but strongly recommends students have their own personal computer and modem. Upon enrolling in journalism classes, students are required to sign up for an SFSU e-mail account.
Units Core course units 19 Sequence course units 15 Total required Journalism units 34 Non-Journalism units (The 90 must include the nine-unit upper division block in a single subject chosen in consultation with an adviser and at least 65 units in liberal arts and sciences. Classes in broadcasting, public relations, and advertising cannot qualify as non-journalism units.) 90 Total 124All courses in this discipline are listed in alphabetical sequence elsewhere in this Bulletin (consult Index for page reference).
Units JOUR 200 Journalism and the Mass Media 3 JOUR 221 Newswriting 3 JOUR 300 Reporting 3 JOUR 301 History of Journalism 3 JOUR 305 Mass Communication Law 3 JOUR 610 Ethnic Diversity and U.S. Journalism 1 JOUR 666 Ethical Issues in Journalism 3 Total for core 19 Courses selected from one of the sequences listed below 15 Non-journalism block units on advisement 9 Total for major 43
Journalism majors and minors must earn at least C+ in all laboratory and skills courses.
Journalism majors and minors must take all journalism courses and the nine-unit upper division non-journalism block for letter grade only.
JOUR 330 Editing 3 Two courses selected from the following: 6 JOUR 320 Depth Reporting JOUR 321 Feature Writing JOUR 420 Reporting of Public Affairs JOUR 421 Analytic Journalism JOUR 595 Magazine Writing Two sections of laboratory courses (may not be taken same semester) 6 JOUR 480 Newspaper Laboratory I (may be taken twice) JOUR 485 Magazine Laboratory I (may be taken once) Total for sequence 15
JOUR 330 Editing 3 Two sections of laboratory courses (may not be taken same semester) 6 JOUR 480 Newspaper Laboratory I (may be taken once) JOUR 485 Magazine Laboratory I (may be taken twice) JOUR 500 The Contemporary Magazine 3 JOUR 595 Magazine Writing 3 Total for sequence 15
Three of the following courses (JOUR 235, 335, and 435; or, if JOUR 235 has been taken at another campus, JOUR 335, 435, and 535): 9 JOUR 235 Photojournalism I JOUR 335 Photojournalism II JOUR 435 Photojournalism III JOUR 535 Photojournalism IV Two sections of laboratory courses (may not be taken same semester) 6 JOUR 480 Newspaper Laboratory I (may be taken twice) JOUR 485 Magazine Laboratory I (may be taken twice) Total for sequence 15NOTE: JOUR 235 and JOUR 335 must be taken in consecutive order; either JOUR 435 or JOUR 535 may be taken after successfully completing JOUR 335.
Units JOUR 200 Journalism and the Mass Media 3 JOUR 221 Newswriting 3 JOUR 300 Reporting 3 JOUR 610 Ethnic Diversity and U.S. Journalism 1 One course selected from the following: 3 JOUR 320 Depth Reporting JOUR 321 Feature Writing JOUR 420 Reporting Public Affairs JOUR 421 Analytic Journalism JOUR 595 Magazine Writing JOUR 330 Editing 3 One course selected from the following: 3 JOUR 301 History of Journalism JOUR 666 Ethical Issues in Journalism One course selected from the following: 3 JOUR 480 Newspaper Laboratory I JOUR 485 Magazine Laboratory I Total 22
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