Curriculum (2010-13)

The following curriculum is required for students who declared a major in Journalism during or after Fall 2010 semester and before the Fall 2013. All students who declared their major in Fall 2013 or after are required to complete the Journalism Department’s new curriculum. Students who declared their major prior to the Fall 2010 follow this curriculum.

The undergraduate Journalism curriculum emphasizes multimedia journalism in an urban setting. In addition, students are able to create their own areas of specialization. All journalism majors will be required to take eight core courses, which emphasizes solid reporting, writing, editing and research across online, print and broadcast news platforms; develops audio and video newsgathering skills, and develops introductory and advanced approaches to Web/multimedia storytelling. The requirements include the department capstone, the award-winning PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods.com. This is a real time news operation where students produce and publish online, multimedia enterprise pieces focused on various underreported Philadelphia communities.

In addition to the 25 credits of core courses, journalism majors are required to take 18 credits of electives (2000-level and above), which allows students to specialize in traditional areas of journalism, such as broadcast, magazine, photojournalism or news-editorial. Students also can create emphases in other areas including visual journalism, arts and music journalism, sports journalism, entrepreneurial journalism, news editing, long form journalism, and journalism studies (see below).

Degree Requirements

The degree of Bachelor of Arts may be conferred upon a student majoring in Journalism by recommendation of the faculty and upon satisfactory completion of a minimum of 124 semester hours of credit with a cumulative average of 2.0 overall and in the major.

Major Requirements

To receive the degree of Bachelor of Arts, students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 124 credit hours in the university, with at least 43 credits in Journalism but no more than 44 credits in Journalism. Students are cautioned to plan their program so they do not exceed the 44-credit hour limit that is set by our accrediting body.

It is the student’s responsibility to meet all course prerequisite requirements.

Journalism majors must receive a grade of C or higher in all required department courses and electives for them to count for the major, and must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the department as well as the 2.0 overall average required by the university to qualify for graduation. Students who fall below a 2.0 average for a semester, for all department courses or in their overall university courses, will be placed on probation or academic warning, the first step toward dismissal.

Required courses for the Journalism major

Basic Core Courses
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Journalism 1111 Journalism & Society 3 IN
Journalism 1196 Writing for Journalism 3 WI
Journalism 1113 Audio/Visual Newsgathering 3
Journalism 1114 Design for Journalists 3
Total 12
Advanced Core Courses
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Journalism 2101 Journalism Research 3
Journalism 3101 Journalism & the Law 3
Journalism 3601 Multimedia Storytelling 3
Total 9
Capstone Course
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Journalism 4196 Philadelphia Neighborhoods 4 WI
Specialization (elective) Courses
(2000-level and above only) 18
Total Number of Journalism Credits required = 43

Note:Students placed into English 0701 must pass (with a C or better) the two-credit Mass Media Writing Style Lab, Journalism 1101. Completion of Journalism 1111 and 1196 with grades of C or better is required before students enroll in any Journalism classes numbered higher than 1111. Students required to take English 0701 must complete that requirement before enrolling in Journalism 1196.

A maximum of 3 credits may be earned for internships and and a maximum of 3 credits for independent studies. If you plan to take multiple internships for credits, it is recommended that you register for 1-credit internships.

Please take notice of all prerequisites.

Required Liberal Arts courses for the Journalism Major

Degree Requirements
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
History 1101 U.S. History to 1877 3 AC
History 1102 U.S. History since 1877 3 AC
Political Science 1101 The American Political System 3 AC
Political Science 1114 American State & Local Politics 3
Plus one of the following:
Sociology 1176 Introduction to Sociology 3 IN
Geography & Urban Studies 1021 Urban Society: Race, Class & Community 3 RN
Geography & Urban Studies 1025 World Urban Patterns 3 IS
Geography & Urban Studies 0861 Urban Dynamics: Global, Regional & Local Connections 3 GU
Plus one of the following:
Economics 0858 American Economy 3 GU
Economics 1001 Introduction to the Economy 3 IN
Economics 1101 Macroeconomic Principles 3 IN
Economics 1102 Microeconomic Principles 3 IN
Economics 1103 Global Economic Issues 3 IS
Plus one of the following:
Statistics 2101* Statistical Methods & Concepts 3 QB
Mathematics 1013 Elements of Statistics 3 QB
Psychology 1167 Foundations in Statistical Methods 3 QB
Sociology 1167 Social Statistics 3 QB
Statistics 0826 Statistics & the News 4 GQ
Total 21
* C- or better grade in Statistics 1001 is a pre-requisite for this course.

Of the 124 semester hours required for graduation, at least 80 semester hours must be in courses outside Journalism; 65 of those credits must be in liberal arts and science courses. This limits to a minimum of 15 the number of credit hours taken from other departments in the School of Communications and Theater, Education, Business, etc., if the student plans to graduate with no more than 124 credits.

The remaining semester hours required outside the department may be taken in any department of the university except Business Education. The department also does not count towards graduation credits earned through Secondary Education 0317, Topical Studies, lower-level credits in Military Science, or the Extern Program.

Only 8 semester hours will be accepted from Kinesiology courses. No more than 30 hours may be taken in any single CLA department or other SCT department without special written permission from the Department of Journalism. These requirements are to ensure a broad-based liberal arts education for each major.

Suggested Semester-by-Semester Plans

Please note that these are suggested academic plans. Depending on your situation, your academic plan may look different.

Year 1 – Fall
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Journalism 1101 Elements of Writing 2
Journalism 1111 Journalism and Society 3
English 0802, 0812 or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Quantitative Literacy 4 GQ
Political Science 1101 The American Political System 3
COMM+TH 1001 Freshman Seminar 1
Semester Total 17
Year 1 – Spring
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Journalism 1196 Writing for Journalism 3 WI
History 1101 U.S. History to 1877 3
Intellectual Heritage 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Human Behavior 3 GB
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Arts 3-4 GA
Semester Total 15-16
Year 2 – Fall
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Journalism 1113 Audio-Visual Newsgathering 3
Journalism 2101 or 1114 Journalism Research or Design for Journalists 3
Intellectual Heritage 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
Political Science 2102 American State and Local Politics 3
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology I 3 GS
Semester Total 15
Year 2 – Spring
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Journalism 1114 or 2101 Design for Journalists or Journalism Research 3
Journalism Journalism Specialization 1 3
History 1102 U.S. History since 1877 3
GenEd 08xx or 09xx World Society 3 GG
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology II 3 GS
Semester Total 15
Year 3 – Fall
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Journalism Journalism Specialization 2 3
Journalism Journalism Specialization 3 3
GenEd 08xx or 09xx U.S. Society 3 GU
Electives 4
Select one of the following courses: 3
GUS 0861 Urban Dynamics: Global, Regional & Local Connections GU
GUS 1021 Urban Society: Race, Class & Community
GUS 1025 World Urban Patterns
Sociology 1176 Introduction to Sociology
Semester Total 16
Year 3 – Spring
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Journalism 3101 Journalism and the Law
Journalism 3601 Multimedia Storytelling 3
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Race & Diversity 3 GD
Select one of the following courses: 3 GU
Economics 0858 The American Economy
Economics 1001 Introduction to Economics
Economics 1101 Macroeconomic Principles
Economics 1102 Microeconomic Principles
Economics 1103 Global Economic Issues
Select one of the following courses: 3-4
Math 1013 Elements of Statistics
Psychology 1167 Foundations in Statistical Methods
Sociology 1167 Social Statistics
Statistics* 0826 Statistics & the News GQ
Statistics** 2101 Statistical Methods & Concepts
Semester Total 16-17
Year 4 – Fall
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Journalism Journalism Specialization 4 3
Journalism Journalism Specialization 5 3
Electives 10
Semester Total 16
Year 4 – Spring
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Journalism  4196 PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods.com 4 WI
Journalism Journalism Specialization 6 3
Electives 10
Semester Total 17

Total Hours for B.A. in Journalism: 124 (minimum)

* If STAT 0826 not taken as GenEd Quantitative Literacy (GQ) Requirement.
** STAT 1001 is a pre-requisite.

Sample Areas of Specialization

(these are just suggestions of how courses can be combined)
(please be mindful of all prerequisites)

Broadcast Journalism

  • J2501 Broadcast Newswriting
  • J2551 Broadcast Performance
  • J3501 Radio News Reporting
  • J3502 Television News Reporting
  • J3504 Broadcast News Documentary
  • J3505 Experimental Journalism
  • J3506 Broadcast News Producing
  • J3551 Advanced Video Newsgathering
  • J3552 Crossroads: A TUTV News Magazine
  • J3587 WRTI Radio News Workshop
  • J4596 Broadcast Journalism Practicum (Temple Update)
  • J4597 Sports Production Practicum (Sports Update)

Photojournalism

  • J3401 Photography*
  • J3402 Photojournalism*
  • J3403 Documentary Photography*
  • J3404 Photography Seminar I*
  • J3405 Photography Seminar II*
  • J3451 Photographic Portfolio
  • J3482. Photography Special Projects
  • J3551 Advanced Video Newsgathering
  • Photographic Lighting (NEW CLASS)
  • J3304 Philadelphia People
  • J3885 Internship

*Recommended classes

Magazine Journalism

  • J2301 Introduction to Magazines
  • J2396 Magazine Article Writing
  • J3256 Writing Humor
  • J3296 Travel Writing
  • J3301 Magazine Article Editing
  • J3302 Advanced Magazine Writing
  • J3303 Publication Design
  • J3304 Philadelphia People
  • J3351 Magazine Fiction Workshop
  • J3297 Writing Arts Criticism
  • J3885 Internship

Public Affairs Journalism

  • J2201 Public Affairs Reporting
  • J3201 Investigative Reporting
  • J3251 Business Writing
  • J3252 Editorial Writing
  • J3253 Health and Environmental Writing
  • J3254 International Reporting
  • J3885 Internship
  • Study Away in Harrisburg
  • Study Away in Washington, D.C.

News Management/Entrepreneurship

  • J2301 Introduction to Magazines
  • J3301 Magazine Article Editing
  • J3709 The Entrepreneurial Journalist
  • J2202 Editing the News
  • J3708 Newsroom Management
  • News Innovation Workshop (NEW CLASS)
  • J3704 Ethical Issues in Journalism

Journalism Studies Emphasis

  • J3701 Contemporary Media Issues
  • J3702 Race and Racism in the News
  • J3703 History of Journalism
  • J3704 Ethical Issues in Journalism
  • J3705 Gender and American Mass Media
  • J3706 International News Communication
  • J3707 Visual Communication
  • J3708 Newsroom Management
  • J3711Ethnic and Alternative News Media
  • Senior Thesis (New class)

International Journalism

  • J3751 Foreign Studies in Journalism
  • J3706 International News Communication
  • J3254 International Reporting
  • Reporting on Race and Culture (NEW CLASS)
  • J3711 Ethnic and Alternative News Media
  • J3296 Travel Writing
  • J3885 Internship

Arts and Music Journalism

  • J3297 Writing Arts Criticism
  • J2396 Magazine Article Writing
  • J3256 Writing Humor
  • J3296 Travel Writing
  • J3302 Advanced Magazine Writing.
  • J3304 Philadelphia People
  • J3351 Magazine Fiction Workshop
  • J3885 Internship
  • Study Away in Los Angeles

Sports Journalism

  • J3255 Sports Writing
  • J3257 Advanced Sports Writing
  • J4597 Sports Production Practicum (Sports Update)
  • J2396 Magazine Article Writing
  • J3302 Advanced Magazine Writing
  • J3304 Philadelphia People
  • J3885 Internship

Visual Journalism

  • J3303 Publication Design
  • J3304 Philadelphia People
  • J3401 Photography
  • J3402 Photojournalism
  • J3551 Advanced Video Newsgathering
  • News Innovation Workshop (NEW CLASS)
  • J3885 Internship

News Editing

  • J2301 Introduction to Magazines
  • J3301 Magazine Article Editing
  • J2202 Editing the News
  • J3708 Newsroom Management
  • J3704 Ethical Issues in Journalism
  • J3885 Internship

Long-form Journalism

  • J2396 Magazine Article Writing
  • J3296 Travel Writing
  • J3302 Advanced Magazine Writing.
  • J3351 Magazine Fiction Workshop
  • J2201 Public Affairs Reporting
  • J3201 Investigative Reporting