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BA in Journalism and Digital Media

About the Major in Journalism and Digital Media
The Knight School of Communication offers coursework leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Journalism and Digital Media. The Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Digital Media is a comprehensive curriculum that includes courses in journalism, digital media production, media studies and criticism, and studies and practice in multimedia, with a focus on community engagement. As a multimedia program, the degree prepares students to work and thrive in a convergent media environment.

Students pursuing the BA in Journalism and Digital Media are expected to develop strong basic writing, visualization and analytical skills, and then to become adept at writing and producing for multiple media platforms simultaneously, exhibiting the versatility necessary to succeed in a quickly evolving and growing digital media economy. The goal of the degree program is to provide a broad liberal arts education as well as developing professional skills so that graduates are able to fully exercise the civic responsibilities of journalists, media practitioners, media handlers and media theorists for the lively functioning of democratic institutions. Students are encouraged to choose a minor emphasis in another discipline that will help them fulfill the important role of information provider in today’s global, technological and information-based society.

Admission:

Students wishing to major in journalism and digital media must apply to the Knight School of Communication. Applications are available online and through the Knight School of Communication Dean's office. The School of Communication student qualifications committee reviews applications to the major and approves students for the major. Acceptance to the Knight School of Communication major programs requires a minimum GPA of 2.2 with no grades below C- in the prerequisite courses.

Requirements:

Requirements for the major in Journalism and Digital Media are completion of the foundation requirements (11 hours), the journalism focus requirements (12 hours), the digital media focus requirements (12 hours), the contexts requirements (9 hours), and the capstone requirements (4 hours), for a total of 48 hours toward the major. Required courses for the major are typically based upon a student's academic catalog of entry.

Foundation (11 credit hours)
COMM 204* News Writing and Reporting
COMM 210 Digital Media Production 
COMM 218 Mass Communication Theory
COMM 313 Community Media Ecosystems

Journalism Focus (12 credit hours)
COMM 219 Principles and History of Journalism
COMM 314 Multimedia Writing and Reporting  
COMM 315 Layout and Design
COMM 316 Community Journalism and Public Affairs
COMM 318 Photojournalism
COMM 319 Multimedia Storytelling
COMM 405 Journalism and Media Innovation

Digital Media Focus (12 credit hours)
COMM 321 Audio Production 
COMM 323 Serious Games and Mobile Media
COMM 370 Advanced Digital Media Production
COMM 410 Media Industry Workshop 
ART 319 Interactive and Web Design
ART 321 Digital Experience Design
ART 356 Information Design
ART 357 Game Design

Contexts (9 credit hours)
COMM 324 Studies in New Media
COMM 325 Global and International Media
COMM 328 Video Game Studies 
COMM 346 Middle East Media
COMM 348 Communication and Popular Culture
COMM 364 Media Law and Ethics 
COMM 401 Communication Seminar

Capstone (4 credit hours)
COMM 495 Communication Capstone

*COMM 204 satisfies the writing intensive course requirement.

General Education Requirements

Traditional Undergraduate Program, and the Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies Undergraduate Program. Prospective students should apply to the program whose curriculum and services best meets their needs.

  • The Traditional Undergraduate Program has degree requirements and services designed for the 18-22 year old student. Most traditional undergraduates live in residence halls and are enrolled full-time. A full range of student life activities and student services are available to students in this program, including the Core Program in the Liberal Arts, the John Belk International Program and the Honors Program. 
  • The Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies Undergraduate Program has degree requirements and services designed for the adult learner. Most Hayworth undergraduates are employed full-time and enrolled part-time. The Hayworth School also admits those persons wishing to take undergraduate courses as a non-degree candidate. The Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies realizes the demands that adult students face and assists with study plans, individual student advising and programs designed with flexibility to meet the specific needs of the adult learner. Classes meeting Hayworth degree requirements and several majors and minors are scheduled in the evenings for the convenience of students employed during the day.

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