Chairperson: Ana C. Garner, Ph.D.

The journalism major is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to become socially responsible digital journalists who produce in-depth journalism stories based upon authentic, reliable sources and data. Students learn to gather, synthesize and present news and information using a variety of digital story techniques and platforms. Courses provide hands-on opportunities to develop strong writing, reporting and editing skills as well as an understanding of evidence based data gathering and analysis using appropriate research methodologies. Grounded in the liberal arts, journalism majors also gain familiarity with the law, history and the ethics of the profession.
 
Majors are strongly encouraged to pursue a co-curricular path that includes working for Student Media (MU Wire, Marquette Tribune, Marquette Journalism, MUTV and MU Radio) beginning their freshman year. As majors gain experience it is expected that they would advance to leadership/mentor positions in Student Media, obtain internships, and/or obtain an elite position working with an O’Brien Fellow in Public Service Journalism.
 
 

Journalism Major

A total of 40 credit hours of course work must be completed for the major in journalism. Students with a major in journalism cannot take more than 48 credit hours in the mass communication areas (ADVE, COMM, DGMD, JOUR and PURE) and are required to take 72 credit hours outside of the mass communication areas. The following courses must be completed toward the 40 credit hours:

Required Courses

JOUR 1001Introduction to Journalism 2
JOUR 1050Journalism Tools and Techniques2
JOUR 1100Digital Journalism 1: Journalism Bootcamp3
JOUR 1550Digital Journalism 2: Reporting and News Design3
JOUR 2100Digital Journalism 3: Community Reporting3
JOUR 3900Ethical Problems of Journalism3
COMM 3800Media Law3
Two Advanced Theory/Research/History Courses:6
Mass Media and the American Family
International Communication
Survey Research and Reasoning for Communication Professionals
Health, Science and Environmental Communication
Mass Communication Theory and Research
Race and Gender Issues in Mass Media
Media and the "Other"
Media Management
Media and Politics
Media, Technology and Culture
Media Entrepreneurship
Journalism History
Seminar in Journalism
Four Advanced Journalism Courses12
Television Reporting
Radio Reporting
Internship in Journalism
Narrative Nonfiction Reporting
Publications Editing
Freelance Writing
Media Entrepreneurship
Magazine Design and Production
Online Editing and Design
Methods for Advising School Publications, Teaching Secondary Journalism
Advanced Topics in Journalism
MU Led Travel/Study Abroad
Independent Study in Journalism
One Senior Capstone Course3
Capstone in Journalism
Total Credit Hours40

One of the following courses is also required but does not count as credit hours in the major:

Modern Elementary Statistics
Psychological Measurements and Statistics
Social Statistics

Typical Program for Journalism Majors

Freshman
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
COMM 1000 or 12003COMM 1200 or 10003
COMM 10501PHIL 10013
ENGL 10013JOUR 1050 or THEO 10012-3
JOUR 10012JOUR 11003
Second language or UCCS Diverse Culture3-4Second language or UCCS Diverse Culture3-4
THEO 1001 or JOUR 10502-3 
 14-16 14-16
Sophomore
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
COMM 11003JOUR 21003
COMM 25003MATH 1700 (or UCCS Science)3
JOUR 15503PHIL 23103
MATH 1700 or UCCS Science3UCCS Diverse Culture or Minor/elective course3
UCCS History3UCCS Literature/Performing Arts3
 15 15
Junior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
JOUR Theory/History/Research elective3JOUR Theory/History/Research elective3
UCCS Theology3Advanced JOUR course3
Advanced JOUR course3Minor/elective9
Minor/elective7 
 16 15
Senior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
COMM 3800 or JOUR 39003COMM 3800 or JOUR 39003
Advanced JOUR course3JOUR 49973
Minor/electives9Advanced JOUR couse3
 Minor/electives6
 15 15
Total credit hours: 119-123

Wisconsin Teaching Licensure in Journalism (Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence)

In addition to completing all requirements as specified by the College of Education, students must also complete all requirements listed under the journalism major.

Wisconsin Teaching Licensure in Journalism (Early Adolescence/Adolescence)

In addition to completing all requirements as specified by the College of Education, students seeking Wisconsin teaching licensure in journalism at the early adolescence/adolescence level must also complete 40 hours including:

Required Courses

JOUR 1001Introduction to Journalism 2
JOUR 1050Journalism Tools and Techniques2
JOUR 1100Digital Journalism 1: Journalism Bootcamp3
JOUR 1550Digital Journalism 2: Reporting and News Design3
JOUR 2100Digital Journalism 3: Community Reporting3
JOUR 3900Ethical Problems of Journalism3
COMM 3800Media Law3
Two Advanced Theory/Research/HistoryCourses6
Mass Media and the American Family
International Communication
Survey Research and Reasoning for Communication Professionals
Health, Science and Environmental Communication
Mass Communication Theory and Research
Race and Gender Issues in Mass Media
Media and the "Other"
Media Management
Media and Politics
Media, Technology and Culture
Media Entrepreneurship
Journalism History
Seminar in Journalism
Four Advanced Journalism Courses12
Television Reporting
Radio Reporting
Internship in Journalism
Narrative Nonfiction Reporting
Publications Editing
Freelance Writing
Media Entrepreneurship
Magazine Design and Production
Online Editing and Design
Methods for Advising School Publications, Teaching Secondary Journalism
Advanced Topics in Journalism
MU Led Travel/Study Abroad
Independent Study in Journalism
One Senior Capstone Course:3
Capstone in Journalism
Total Credit Hours40

Courses

JOUR 1001. Introduction to Journalism. 2 cr. hrs.

An introduction to the field of journalism, its standards, values and practices, as well as, key moments in the development of journalism in the United States.

JOUR 1050. Journalism Tools and Techniques. 2 cr. hrs.

Provides hands-on training of the journalism tools and techniques used in journalistic storytelling. Experience is gained using cameras, audio and video equipment, as well as appropriate editing software. Prereq: JOUR major.

JOUR 1100. Digital Journalism 1: Journalism Bootcamp. 3 cr. hrs.

Covers basic journalism skills and concepts, including news values, story selection and fact verification by covering neighborhoods and events. Students find and interview sources and write for radio, TV, web and print, with emphasis on learning and audio skills. Prereq: JOUR 1050, which may be taken concurrently.

JOUR 1200. Basic News Photography. 3 cr. hrs.

Explore the historical, technical and aesthetic aspects of news photography. Assignments cover control of exposure, light, motion and composition. Lab work includes training and use of 35mm cameras and basic knowledge of software to produce a variety of finished images. Emphasis on visual communication in the digital age. Cameras are available for assignments.

JOUR 1550. Digital Journalism 2: Reporting and News Design. 3 cr. hrs.

Move beyond event coverage and learn to research and produce stories about important neighborhood issues. Learn to cover civic issues related to police, fire, courts and taxation, and dig for statistics and facts in databases. Includes writing for radio, TV, web and print, with an emphasis on learning still photography skills. Projects appear on a course website. Prereq: JOUR 1050 and JOUR 1100.

JOUR 2100. Digital Journalism 3: Community Reporting. 3 cr. hrs.

Learn to mine databases, public records, archives, interviews, public meetings and press conferences for critical information. Investigative skills are used to uncover and report issues of public interest. Continue to develop news writing, editorial judgement and story production skills and values, with a special emphasis on video journalism. Projects appear on a class website. Prereq: JOUR 1050, JOUR 1100 and JOUR 1550.

JOUR 3500. Television Reporting. 3 cr. hrs.

Students will produce professional quality television news stories that demonstrate the techniques of video storytelling, including reporting, writing, shooting and editing.

JOUR 3700. Radio Reporting. 3 cr. hrs.

Students will develop advanced writing and production techniques used in a variety of radio formats and become stronger storytellers.

JOUR 3900. Ethical Problems of Journalism. 3 cr. hrs.

Designed to help aspiring journalists explore the moral issues and dilemmas that they can expect to confront while working as professional journalists. Topics include, but are not limited to: truth-telling, conflicts of interest, promise-keeping, social justice, beneficence, avoiding harm and repairing harm. The topics are situated within normative theories of ethics. Prereq: PHIL 2310, which may be taken concurrently.

JOUR 3986. Internship in Journalism. 0-3 cr. hrs.

Work experience in an area related to major supervised by an approved professional coupled with related academic work assigned. Approval of adviser and Internship Program Director required in advance of internship. May not substitute for a Journalism writing requirement. May be taken more than once to a maximum of three credits. Prereq: Jr. stndg.; JOUR major; and cons. of dept. ch. 0 credit will be SNC/UNC grade assessment; 1-3 credits will be S/U grade assessment.

JOUR 4160. Narrative Nonfiction Reporting. 3 cr. hrs.

Emphasizes longform journalism, stresses strong reporting, immersion in a single subject over the course of a semester, in-depth interviews and detailed observation. Students work individually, turning in portions of their work weekly. Produce a publishable 10,000 to 15,000 word article as the final project. Prereq: JOUR 2100 or equiv., cons. of instr.

JOUR 4200. Publications Editing. 3 cr. hrs.

Editing principles and practices for print and online news publications. Editing copy, photos, charts and graphs; verification of information; writing headlines and captions. News judgment, wire services, backpack journalism, digital newsroom; digital production software. Prereq: JOUR 2100; or ADPR 1800; or ENGL 3210; or cons. of dept. ch.

JOUR 4360. Freelance Writing. 3 cr. hrs.

Covers how newsstand, trade and online magazines work, how magazines use freelancers and writers, how magazine writing differs from newspaper reporting and other media, what excellence in magazine writing looks like and how students can focus, improve and polish hteir writing to sell to or work on a magazine.

JOUR 4400. Media Entrepreneurship. 3 cr. hrs.

The business side of being a journalist: management, financial, practical and professional issues running an online or print publication, operating as a backpack journalist, working as a freelancer. Management structures, business practices, contracts and marketing. Prereq: Jr. Stndg.

JOUR 4510. Magazine Design and Production. 3 cr. hrs.

Fundamentals of magazine design and production. Students develop understanding of basic elements of publication design and critical skills through analysis of various design problems. Prereq: JOUR 4200; computer workshop or demonstrated proficiency on the Macintosh computer with current design software.

JOUR 4520. Online Editing and Design. 3 cr. hrs.

Fundamental principles of processing and managing information in verbal and visual forms for Web publication. An emphasis on special editing and design issues created by the online environment and internet technology. Legal and ethical issues on the Internet. Prereq: JOUR 4200; computer workshop or demonstrated proficiency on the Macintosh computer with current design software.

JOUR 4600. Journalism History. 3 cr. hrs.

The origin and development of Journalism in the United States considered in relation to American political, social and economic history. Consideration of newspapers, magazines, the electronic media, and important figures within each field. Prereq: Jr. stndg.

JOUR 4800. Methods for Advising School Publications, Teaching Secondary Journalism. 3 cr. hrs.

Covers strategies and methods for advising yearbooks, newspapers, online news and features in the context of scholastic journalism and for teaching journalism. Includes developing student staff; planning, production and assessment of scholastic publications and online products; evaluation of journalism texts for secondary level; working with faculty, school administrators, school boards, parents; budgeting; advertising sales; using desktop publishing and current software. Prereq: Jr. stndg.; JOUR 4200; cons. of instr.

JOUR 4931. Topics in Journalism. 3 cr. hrs.

Study of, and practice in, various areas of specialized work such as regional, small community, union, organization journalism, and the special interest press. Prereq: Jr. stndg.

JOUR 4932. Advanced Topics in Journalism. 3 cr. hrs.

Advanced reporting and producing of news stories on a single topic that varies by semester. Prereq: JOUR 2100 or cons. of instr.

JOUR 4951. MU Led Travel/Study Abroad. 3 cr. hrs.

Travel to London to explore the arts, British culture and writing about the arts. Develop critical theories for evaluation of the arts within the cultural context of London. Observe, participate in and reflect upon the cultural similarities and differences. Think critically about the production of the lively arts in disparate cultures and apply journalistic reporting and writing skills to writing arts criticism for dance, music, museums, dining and theatre. Course taught in an international setting by Marquette professors and where students earn Marquette credit. Study Abroad expenses apply.

JOUR 4953. Seminar in Journalism. 1-3 cr. hrs.

Specific subjects of seminars to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. Variable topics. Prereq: Jr. stndg.

JOUR 4995. Independent Study in Journalism. 1-3 cr. hrs.

Prereq: Jr. stndg. and cons. of dept. ch. Prereq: Jr. stndg. and cons. of dept. ch.

JOUR 4997. Capstone in Journalism. 3 cr. hrs.

Students identify and conduct in-depth research on a variety of topics of public interest. Learn to write, shoot, edit, design and produce stories across media platforms and use social media to build audience for the content. Demonstrated competence with statistics and data is also expected. Topics vary. Prereq: JOUR 2100; Sr. stndg.

JOUR 4999. Senior Thesis. 1-3 cr. hrs.

The application of rigorous methodology in developing and writing a thesis under the direction of an adviser. Prereq: Jr. stndg. and cons. of dept. ch.