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Journalism

(BA)

Incoming first-year and transfer students may declare journalism as a major upon entering the University. Students of sophomore standing or above who wish to declare a major offered by the Department of Journalism must have achieved a TCU cumulative GPA of 2.5 before they can declare a major inside the school. A journalism minor is offered through the department.

Bachelor of Art in Journalism

The BA with a major in journalism requires 124 hours with 33 hours of journalism, including JOUR 10113JOUR 10203JOUR 20003JOUR 20203JOUR 30204JOUR 30543 and JOUR 40523. Students must take at least one class from the following: JOUR 40003JOUR 40203JOUR 40213JOUR 40453JOUR 40463JOUR 40643JOUR 40820 or JOUR 40983, meaning all journalism majors must have a minimum of one Capstone course. Also, students must take at least one class from the following: JOUR 10103JOUR 30853JOUR 40443JOUR 40553JOUR 40563JOUR 40573JOUR 40613JOUR 40813JOUR 40993JOUR 50143JOUR 50183JOUR 50193 or JOUR 50523, meaning all journalism majors must have a minimum of one seminar course. Five hours of journalism electives complete the degree requirements. By combining electives and required courses, a student may earn certificates that accompany the BA degree and demonstrate advanced proficiency in a specific area of news media.

The BA degree in journalism requires proven competency at the fourth semester of college-level foreign language (the equivalent of 12 hours, which can be accomplished either through taking courses or testing out through examinations as required by the foreign language programs on campus). This requirement is consistent with international opportunities in emerging media.

A minor is required. Additionally, students may pursue a specialty by fulfilling requirements for a certificate in broadcast journalism, sports journalism or business journalism.

Students must declare their intent to earn specific certificates in the semester in which they intend to graduate and prior to the beginning of academic advising in that semester. Declaration is made in writing to the chair or the chair’s designee.

The Journalism minor takes a minimum of four semesters to complete. The Department of Journalism welcomes minors in journalism who are committed to significant journalism instruction while they specialize in majors that educate them in broad subject areas that may relate to news coverage. Students should recognize that it usually takes four regular semesters to complete the journalism minor. Students are strongly encouraged to become active in TCU student media.

22 hours in journalism, including JOUR 10113, JOUR 10203, JOUR 20003, JOUR 20203, JOUR 30204, JOUR 40523, And be enrolled in JOUR 30204 before enrolling in any elective course in the Department of Journalism.

News and Media Studies

The Bachelor of Science in News and Media Studies is an interdisciplinary major focusing on the study of media in society. The major requires 33 hours, including JOUR 10103 or JOUR 10203JOUR 10113JOUR 20003JOUR 30853JOUR 40523JOUR 40553 or JOUR 40613, and 15 hours of electives, six of which must be at the 30000-level or higher, from any area in the Bob Schieffer College of Communication (COMM, FTDM, JOUR, STCO) and/or from the list of approved courses outside the college.

Minor in Journalism

The journalism minor is a complement to many majors and prepares students to apply journalistic skills to many fields, or produce journalism with an intense focus in another area. Minors will take several skills courses that provide them with experiential learning opportunities and can expect to create a significant body of work as part of the journalism minor. Minors must complete the four core courses of the minor and be enrolled in the Reporting before enrolling in any elective course in the Department of Journalism. The journalism department welcomes minors who are committed to significant journalism instruction while they are specializing in majors that educate them in broad subject areas that may relate to news coverage. Students should recognize that it will likely take four regular semesters to complete the journalism minor. Such students are strongly encouraged to become full participants in the TCU Student Media. For additional information about the journalism minor at TCU, including a list of classes and other requirements, see the university catalog.