Advising

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 2013 semester and after the Fall 2010 follow this previous curriculum. Students who declared their major prior to the Fall 2010 follow this curriculum.

Journalism students are welcome to meet with their faculty advisors and with advisors in the SMC Advising Center. Freshmen students and first-semester transfer students must meet with advisers in the SMC Advising Center. Please call 215-204-5273 or stop in Annenberg Hall 9 to schedule an appointment with an advisor.

1. Who Is My Faculty Advisor?

Students see a faculty advisor based on their journalism sequence/specialization once they have taken more than 30 credits total (at Temple or through transfer).

Arts and Music Journalism: Profs. Meredith Broussard, Brian Creech and George Miller
Broadcast Journalism: Profs. Karen Turner and Fran Viola
Data Journalism: Prof. Meredith Broussard
International Journalism: Profs. Brian Creech, Fabienne Darling-Wolf and Chris Harper
Journalism Studies: Profs. Brian Creech, Fabienne Darling-Wolf, Carolyn Kitch and Andy Mendelson
Long-form Journalism: Profs. Meredith Broussard, Chris Harper, George Miller, Larry Stains and Lori Tharps
Magazine Journalism: Profs. Fabienne Darling-Wolf, Carolyn Kitch, George Miller, Larry Stains and Lori Tharps
News Editing: Profs. Chris Harper, Maida Odom, Ed Trayes and Linn Washington
News-Editorial: Profs. Linn Washington and Maida Odom
News Management/Entrepreneurialism: Profs. Meredith Broussard, George Miller and Larry Stains
Photojournalism: Profs. Andy Mendelson, George Miller and Ed Trayes
Public Affairs Journalism: Profs. Brian Creech, Chris Harper, George Miller, Maida Odom and Linn Washington
Sports Journalism: Prof. George Miller
Undecided: Profs. Brian Creech, Carolyn Kitch, George Miller and Lori Tharps
Visual Journalism: Profs. Fabienne Darling-Wolf, Carolyn Kitch, Andy Mendelson, Larry Stains and Ed Trayes

2. What Can My Faculty Advisor Help Me With?

Your faculty advisor can help you with course selection, career advice and portfolio critique. BUT if you are a first-semester transfer student or a freshman student, you should see the SMC advisors in the Advising Center.

3. When Do I Need to See SMC Advisors in the Advising Center?

Freshmen students and first-term transfer students must meet with advisors in the SMC Advising Center. Our advisers, Kathy, Justin, Mary Beth, Patrick, Jane and Brian, make sure that our students are on the right track, and are taking the appropriate courses for their majors. Journalism students should also make an appointment to see the SCT Advisors for a graduation check two semesters before they plan to graduate. Download a Graduation Check form here.

4. What If I Need to Petition to Substitute a Course?

In special cases, students may petition the department to substitue one required course for another, or to exempt themselves from a required course. On rare occasions, the department will grant a course petition to a student. Students can download a petition form here:

5. What are the Requirements for Journalism Majors?

Core requirements for all students and course requirements for each sequence within the Journalism Department are available in the following Requirements Checksheets.

6. Is There a Timeline for When I Should Take My Journalism Classes?

Students who enter Temple as Freshmen and students who enter Temple as transfer students will have slightly different timelines. Below are the course timelines suggested by the department.
(The 4-year grid with GenEd requirements)

Suggested Timeline for Four-Year Students

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.

Suggested Timeline for Two-Year Transfer Students

Year 1 Fall SemesterJOU 1101 – Elements of Writing
JOU 1111 – Journalism and Society
JOU 1196 Writing for Journalism
Year 1 Spring Semester
JOU 1113 – Audio-Visual Newsgathering
JOU 1114 – Design for Journalists
Year 1 Summer Semester
JOU 2101 – Journalism Research
Journalism Specializaiton 1
Journalism Specialization 2
Year 2 Fall Semester
Journalism Specialization 3
Journalism Specialization 4
Year 2 Spring Semester
Journalism Specialization 5
Journalism Specialization 6
JOU 3101 Journalism and the Law
Year 2 Summer Semester
JOUR 4196 – PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods.com

Click here to see a list of all Department of Journalism course descriptions.

7. What Are the Requirements to Register for PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods.com?

Journalism students interested in enrolling in the PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods.com (JOU 4196) must have completed all of the following courses. Please note that most students may choose whether to take PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods.com during their first or second semester as a senior.