BS in Journalism


All Journalism students must complete COM CO 201 Introduction to Communication Writing in addition to the nine departmental requirements listed here.

The following six courses are required of all Journalism majors and are taken concurrently with those in one of the sequences.

Core Courses

  • COM JO 250 Fundamentals of Journalism (prereq: CO 201)
  • COM JO 303 Visual Journalism
  • COM JO 304 Multimedia Journalism (prereq: JO 303)
  • COM JO 310 Beat Reporting (prereq: JO 250)
  • COM JO 357 History and Principles of Journalism
  • COM JO 525 Media Law and Ethics

Recommended Focus Areas

In addition to the courses listed above, all journalism students take three 300-level Journalism courses which can be chosen from these tracks. Please note that all courses do not have to be selected from one specific track:

Broadcast Journalism

  • COM JO 351 Reporting with Audio and Video (prereq: JO 250)
  • COM JO 431 Video Enterprise Reporting (prereq: JO 351)
  • COM JO 435 Online Radio Newsroom (prereq: JO 351)
  • COM JO 451 Television Newsroom (prereq: JO 351)
  • COM JO 519 Narrative Radio (prereq: JO 435)
  • COM FT 544 Documentary Production

Journalism (a general program)

  • COM JO 309 Feature Writing (prereq: JO 310)
  • COM JO 503 Journalism Research
  • COM JO 527 Narrative Journalism (prereq: JO 310)
  • COM JO 535 Investigative Reporting (prereq: JO 310)


  • COM JO 301 Editorial Design
  • COM JO 309 Feature Writing (prereq: JO 310)
  • COM JO 403 Magazine Writing (prereq: JO 310)
  • COM JO 503 Journalism Research

Online Journalism

  • COM JO 508 Copy Editing
  • COM JO 520 Advanced Editorial Design (prereq: JO 301)
  • COM JO 550 Advanced Multimedia (prereq: JO 304)


  • COM JO 312 Photojournalism I (prereq: JO 303 or JO 305)
  • COM JO 513 Advanced Photojournalism (prereq: JO 312)
  • COM JO 515 Multimedia Photojournalism (prereq: JO 312)
  • COM JO 522 Professional Portfolio (prereq: JO 303)

Students must also complete a sequence of at least three courses at the 300 level or above in the College of Arts & Sciences to satisfy the major’s CAS focus. For a foreign language focus, lower-level courses may be accepted for the three course requirement. Students pursuing a minor in CAS may also use lower-level courses toward the CAS focus.

Internship Program

In conjunction with New England publishers, agencies, and broadcasters, the department has developed an extensive internship program for print, photo, and broadcast journalism majors.

Internships for superior undergraduates can be arranged with the publishers of weekly and daily newspapers and magazines as well as radio, television, and cable news and public affairs programs. When possible, the student selects a publication within his or her field of specialization. Students may intern either part time during a regular semester or full time over the summer. For more details, see the course description for COM JO 411, COM JO 412, or COM JO 413.

Internships are also available year-round to broadcast journalism students at both public and commercial radio and television stations, and at Internet news organizations.

All candidates for internships with credit must have at least junior standing, have completed COM JO 250 and either COM JO 303 or COM JO 357, and have a 3.0 grade point average in their COM courses.