The BA with a major in journalism requires 124 hours with 33 hours of journalism, including JOUR 10113, JOUR 10203, JOUR 20003, JOUR 20203, JOUR 30204, JOUR 30543 and JOUR 40523. Students must take at least one class from the following: JOUR 40003, JOUR 40203, JOUR 40213, JOUR 40453, JOUR 40463, JOUR 40643, JOUR 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 10103, JOUR 30853, JOUR 40443, JOUR 40553, JOUR 40563, JOUR 40573, JOUR 40613, JOUR 40813, JOUR 40993, JOUR 50143, JOUR 50183, JOUR 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.
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 10203, JOUR 10113, JOUR 20003, JOUR 30853, JOUR 40523, JOUR 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.