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Journalism

The Department of Journalism


The Journalism major at the University of Memphis offers preparation for careers in
advertising, broadcast news, web journalism, newspaper/magazine, and public
relations. The journalism student is required to take career-oriented skills courses to
enhance writing, editing, and graphic abilities, as well as theory courses to broaden the student's philosophical understanding.


Program objectives for a B.A. in Journalism are:
▪ To think critically, creatively and independently
▪ To conduct research and evaluate information by methods appropriate to the
communications professions in which they work
▪ To write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the communications
professions, audiences and purposes they serve
▪ To critically evaluate one's own work and that of others for accuracy and fairness,
clarity, appropriate style and grammatical correctness.
Journalism graduates typically work as newspaper or television reporters and
photographers, editors and anchors, advertising executives, public relations
professionals, freelance writers and producers, web content producers, web designers
and editors. No matter which concentration is selected, each student journalist requires a strong background in liberal arts and an understanding of the social sciences to augment his or her professional skills. Consequently, no more than 48 hours of journalism courses may be included in the 120 hours required for graduation. The remainder of the
student's course work must follow the guidelines provided by the university to qualify
for a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Practical experience is available on The Helmsman newspaper, radio station WUMR,
and Insight campus TV newscast productions. Additionally, journalism students may
participate in one of the following activities: University Public Information Office,
Athletic Publicity Office, Alumni Publicity Office. Qualified majors will be chosen for
senior-year internships with Memphis newspapers, magazines, advertising and public
relations agencies, and broadcasting stations.
JOUR 2121 is a prerequisite for journalism majors taking more advanced writing courses
in the program. Prerequisite journalism courses, including JOUR 2121, must be
completed with a minimum grade of "C" before moving on to any course in the program
to which the prerequisites are applied. A grade point average of 2.0 is required to
declare and maintain a journalism major. JOUR 1700, 1750 and JOUR 2121 must be
completed within the first calendar year as a major. Students who fail to comply with
the above criteria may be permanently dropped from the program. Additionally,
students must have a 2.0 grade point average in journalism classes to graduate.
Students majoring in journalism may select only one concentration. Of the 120 hours
required for graduation, 72 hours must be other than journalism or journalism skills
related courses. Twelve semester hours in a secondary area of emphasis, outside the
Department of Journalism, approved by the student's advisor, is recommended.
In order to be in compliance with the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism
and Mass Communications accreditation standards, UofM will accept no more than 12
semester hours or the equivalent in journalism courses for transfer from community
colleges to be applied toward the degree.
Portfolio requirement
All undergraduate students are required to develop and maintain an active portfolio of
their work. Students are to begin the portfolio in JOUR 2121 and contribute to it during
every skills course thereafter. The portfolio should contain samples of the student’s
work from their courses and/or professional experience and should develop as the
student builds skills. Portfolios will undergo a final review while students are enrolled
in the capstone course for their concentration.

Journalism Major (B.A.)

A. University General Education Program (41 hours)
See Graduation from the University for the University General Education Program
requirements.
B. Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) (12-16 hours)
The Bachelor of Arts requirements are in addition to the University General Education
Program requirements. Students must take at least 42 hours but may not exceed 48
hours of journalism.
C. The Major (42-48 hours)
1. Major Core (18 hours)
Completion of JOUR 1700, 1750, 2121, 3900, 4700 and one of the following: JOUR
4702, 4708, or 4716.
2. Concentrations (24-30 hours)
a. Advertising (24 journalism and 6 non-journalism hours): JOUR 3300, 3324,
4326, 4327, 4328, 4900; JOUR 3400 or 4930; and one journalism elective;
MKTG 3010, 3012.
b. News (24 hours): JOUR 3120, 3526, 4120, 4500, 4998, and three of the following:
3130, 3140, 3150, 3160, 4100, 4124, 4140, 4526, 4629, 4639, 4550, 4560, 4910,
4920 and 4930.
c. Public Relations (24 journalism and 6 non-journalism hours): JOUR 3400,
3409, 3421, 4410, 4440; JOUR 3120 or 3130; JOUR 3300, 4930 or 4500; and
one journalism elective; MGMT 3110; MKTG 3010;
D. Electives (13 hours)
Completion of courses to bring the total to 120 semester hours.

Journalism Minor

Any student wishing to minor in any area in the department of Journalism should see the department chair who will assign an appropriate advisor. The minor must consist of at least 18 hours of approved coursework, 9 of which must be upper division. Coursework for all minors will be determined by the student in conference with the advisor with the approval of the department chair.

 

Typical 4-Year Advertising Concentration Sequence

Freshman Year

ENGL 1010 3 ENGL 1020 3
History* 3 Foreign Language/B.A. 3
JOUR 1700** 3 JOUR 2121 3
Foreign Language/B.A. 3 Humanities/Fine Arts* 3
Social/Behavioral Sciences* 3 Elective 3
       
Semester Totals 15 hrs   15 hrs

Sophomore Year

JOUR 3300 3 JOUR 3900 3
Fine Arts/B.A.*** 3 Humanities/Fine Arts* 3
COMM 2381 3 Natural Science* 4
Foreign Language/B.A. 3 Foreign Language/B.A. 3
ENGL 2201 or 2202 3 MATH* 3
       
Semester Totals 15 hrs   16 hrs

Junior Year

JOUR 4500/4900 3 Natural Science/Math/B.A 3
MKTG 3010 3 History* 3
Natural Science* 4 MKTG 3012 3
Elective 3 UD Humanities/B.A 3
JOUR 3324 3 Elective 3
       
Semester Totals 16 hrs   15 hrs

Senior Year

JOUR 4326 3 JOUR 4930/3400 3
JOUR 4327 3 UD JOUR elective 3
JOUR 4700 3 JOUR 4328 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Elective 2 Elective 2
       
Semester Totals 15 hrs   14 hrs

Total Hours: 120.

Internship elective highly recommended last semester to enhance employability and complete minimum of 120 hours for degree.

Hours Required for Graduation: 120

*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement
**JOUR 1700 fulfills Social Science General Education Requirement
***Unless Fine Arts was taken in General Education Humanities/Fine Arts, then take elective

Typical 4-Year News Concentration Sequence

Freshman Year

ENGL 1010 3 ENGL 1020 3
History* 3 Foreign Language/B.A. 3
JOUR 1700** 3 JOUR 2121 3
Foreign Language/B.A. 3 Humanities/Fine Arts* 3
Social/Behavioral Sciences*  3 Social/Behavioral Sciences*  3
       
Semester Total 15 hrs   15 hrs  

Sophomore Year       

JOUR 3120  JOUR 3526 3
JOUR News emphasis 3 Humanities/Fine Arts* 3
COMM 2381 3 Natural Science* 4
Foreign Language/B.A. 3 Foreign Language/B.A. 3
ENGL 2201 or 2202 3 MATH* 3
       
 Semester Total 15 hrs   16 hrs

Junior Year     

JOUR 4500  3 Natural Science/Math/B.A. 
JOUR 4120 History* 3
Natural Science* JOUR News emphasis
Fine Arts/B.A.  3 UD Humanities/B.A.  3
Elective  Elective 
       
Semester Total  16 hrs    15 hrs 

Senior Year

JOUR 4998  JOUR 4130/3800***  1/3 
JOUR News emphasis UD JOUR elective
JOUR 4700 Elective 
Elective  Elective 
Elective 2 Elective 2
       
Semester Total 14 hrs    12-14 hrs 

Total Hours: 120.

Internship elective highly recommended last semester to enhance employability and complete minimum of 120 hours for degree.

Hours Required for Graduation: 120 

*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement
**JOUR 1700 fulfills Social Science General Education Requirement
***Students taking JOUR 3800 must also take a 2-hr elective
       
Typical 4-Year Public Relations Concentration Sequence

Freshman Year

ENGL 1010  ENGL 1020 
History* Foreign Language/B.A. 
JOUR 1700**  JOUR 2121 
Foreign Language/B.A. Humanities/Fine Arts* 
Social/Behavioral Sciences*  Elective 
       
Semester Total  15 hrs    15 hrs 

Sophomore Year

JOUR 3400  JOUR 3900 
Fine Arts/B.A.  Humanities/Fine Arts* 
COMM 2381 Natural Science* 
Foreign Language/B.A.  Foreign Language/B.A. 
ENGL 2201 or 2202 MATH* 
       
Semester Totals 15 hrs    16 hrs 

Junior Year   

JOUR 3409  Natural Science/Math/B.A. 
MKTG 3010  JOUR 3421 
Natural Science*  MGMT 3110 
Elective  UD Humanities/B.A.
History*  Elective 
       
Semester Total  16 hrs    15 hrs 

Senior Year 

JOUR 4410 JOUR 4430/3300/4500 
JOUR 4700  UD JOUR elective 
Elective JOUR 4440 
Elective  Elective 
Elective  Elective 
       
Semester Total  14 hrs    14 hrs 

Total Hours: 120.

Internship elective highly recommended last semester to enhance employability and complete minimum of 120 hours for degree.

Hours Required for Graduation: 120

*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement
**JOUR 1700 fulfills Social Science General Education Requirement
***Unless Fine Arts was taken in General Education Humanities/Fine Arts, then take elective