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.

Required Courses

JOUR 1001Introduction to Journalism 2
JOUR 1050Journalism Tools and Techniques2
JOUR 1100Digital Journalism 1: Giving Voice3
JOUR 1550Digital Journalism 2: Writing the News3
JOUR 2100Digital Journalism 3: Seeing the Story3
JOUR 3900Ethical Problems of Journalism3
JOUR 4150Investigative Reporting3
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
Journalism History
Seminar in Journalism
Four Advanced Journalism courses - Senior Capstone experience12
Students take one of the following three senior capstone options:
Seminar in Journalism (O'Brien Fellowship 6 crs., plus two advanced courses 6 crs.)
Capstone in Journalism (3 crs., plus three advanced courses 9 crs.)
Internship in Journalism (3 crs., plus three advanced courses 9 crs.)
Advanced Journalism courses:
Writing Literary Journalism
Publications Editing
Freelance Writing
Magazine Design and Production
Television News Management
Podcasting for Journalists
Methods for Advising School Publications, Teaching Secondary Journalism
Advanced Topics in Journalism
MU Led Travel/Study Abroad
Independent Study 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 10501ENGL 1001 or ESSV1 (MCC)3
ENGL 1001 or ESSV1 (MCC)3JOUR 1050 or elective2-3
JOUR 10012JOUR 11003
JOUR 1050 or elective2-3PHIL 1001 or THEO 1001 (MCC)3
PHIL 1001 or THEO 1001 (MCC)3 
 14-15 14-15
Sophomore
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
COMM 11003JOUR 21003
COMM 25003CORE 1929 or DSCV (MCC)1, 23
JOUR 15503MATH 1700 or DSCV (MCC)1, 23
CORE 1929 or DSCV (MCC)1, 23DSCV (MCC) 1, 23
MATH 1700 or DSCV (MCC)1, 23Minor/elective3
 15 15
Junior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
JOUR Theory/History/Research elective3JOUR Theory/History/Research elective3
Advanced JOUR course3Advanced JOUR course3
Minor/elective8Minor/elective6
JOUR 41503DSCV (MCC)1, 23
 17 15
Senior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
COMM 3800 or JOUR 39003COMM 3800 or JOUR 39003
Adv JOUR course or capstone3Advanced JOUR course3
CORE 4929 (MCC)3Adv JOUR course or capstone3
Minor/electives6Minor/electives6
 15 15
Total credit hours: 120-122

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: Giving Voice3
JOUR 1550Digital Journalism 2: Writing the News3
JOUR 2100Digital Journalism 3: Seeing the Story3
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
Journalism History
Seminar in Journalism
Four Advanced Journalism courses:12
Internship in Journalism
Writing Literary Journalism
Publications Editing
Freelance Writing
Magazine Design and Production
Television News Management
Podcasting for Journalists
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: Giving Voice. 3 cr. hrs.

Covers basic journalism skills and concepts, including news values, story selection, reporting and fact verification. Students identify and interview sources, and write radio and audio news reports. Prereq: JOUR 1050, which may be taken concurrently.

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

Explores 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. Prereq: JOUR or DGMD majors and minors; or cons. of dept. ch.

JOUR 1550. Digital Journalism 2: Writing the News. 3 cr. hrs.

Students learn to research and write stories about timely local issues related to police, fire, courts and taxation, and learn to incorporate statistics. Report and write for web and print, and draw on photography and audio skills to create multidimensional news packages. Prereq: JOUR 1100.

JOUR 2100. Digital Journalism 3: Seeing the Story. 3 cr. hrs.

Learn to write and report well-balanced, comprehensive and visually compelling news stories. Students draw on photography, audio and text reporting skills to create multidimensional news packages, with a special emphasis on video journalism. Prereq: JOUR 1550.

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 4150. Investigative Reporting. 3 cr. hrs.

Learn the fundamentals of in-depth reporting: identifying possible stories; tracing the backgrounds of groups and individuals; obtaining and analyzing documents and data; cultivating human sources; and evaluating online sources -- all to hold the powerful accountable. Learn to make ethical decisions, improve your interviewing, reporting and writing techniques; find reliable experts; and organize and ensure the accuracy of your work. Prereq: JOUR 2100.

JOUR 4160. Writing Literary Journalism. 3 cr. hrs.

Emphasizes long-form journalism, stresses strong reporting, immersion in a single subject over the course of a term, in-depth interviews and detailed observation. Students work individually, turning in portions of their work weekly. Publish a long-form article as the final project. Prereq: JOUR 2100, Jr. stndg.; or 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 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 4530. Television News Management. 3 cr. hrs.

Principles and practices of television news management, including hands-on experience with television news producing, writing, assignment editing, managing reporting crews and ethical decision-making under deadline. Prereq: JOUR 2100.

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 4710. Podcasting for Journalists. 3 cr. hrs.

Apply all aspects of non-fiction audio storytelling to the creation of journalism podcasts. Interviewing techniques, story development and research, script writing, remote recording and audio editing are reinforced. Students also learn how to mix sound and export audio files for podcast distribution online. A hands-on learning environment where students workshop their journalism podcasts from start to finish. Prereq: JOUR 2100.

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 4986. Internship in Journalism. 0-3 cr. hrs.

Work experience and the opportunity for publication in area related to journalism. Supervised by an approved professional coupled with related academic work assigned. May not substitute for a journalism writing requirement. Can count toward the JOUR capstone experience. May be taken more than once to a maximum of three credits. 0 credit will be SNC/UNC grade assessment; 1-3 credits will be S/U grade assessment. Prereq: Jr. stndg., JOUR major, cons. of dept. ch. and intrnshp prog. dir.

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.