Bachelor of Arts in Journalism

Students need to meet the department’s nine required courses as well as 18 credits of journalism electives, forming an area of emphasis. A capstone experience, JRN 4196, combines urban community journalism with multimedia storytelling. This capstone produces the online news site, PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods.com.

Students who major in Journalism enter a variety of careers, including those as web reporters and producers, newspaper reporters and editors, still and video photographers, radio and television reporters and producers, and magazine writers and editors.

Although students must ultimately be responsible for their own academic programs, freshmen and first-semester transfer students will first meet with a School of Media and Communication (SMC) academic advisor. During the sophomore and junior years, a student must meet at least once each year with a faculty advisor who is knowledgeable about the area of study the student is following.

Summary of 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.

Students must meet:

  1. University requirements:
    1. All students are required to complete the General Education (GenEd) curriculum.
    2. All students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses in the major at Temple University. The specific writing-intensive courses required for this major are JRN 1196 and JRN 4196.
  2. School of Media and Communication requirements.
  3. Minimum 45 credits in Journalism required. Maximum 52 credits in the School of Media and Communication permitted (excluding certain Strategic Communication courses). Students must complete 72 credits outside the School of Media and Communication.
    1. Students are cautioned to plan their program so they do not exceed the 52-credit hour limit (excluding certain Strategic Communication courses) that is set by our accrediting body.
    2. Below is the list of Strategic Communication courses that could be exempted from the ACEJMC accreditation cap:
      STRC 0801Contemporary American Social Movements3
      STRC 0821Emotional Intelligence and Leadership3
      STRC 0901Honors Contemporary American Social Movements3
      STRC 1111Public Speaking3
      STRC 1112Communicating Leadership3
      STRC 1911Honors Public Speaking3
      STRC 2112Strategies and Tactics of Persuasion3
      STRC 2296Rhetoric of Social Movements3
      STRC 2333Discussion Methods3
      STRC 2661Introduction to Organizational Communication3
      STRC 2662Leading Groups and Team Building3
      STRC 3236Rhetoric and Identity3
      STRC 3323Rhetoric and Political Culture3
      STRC 3333Rhetorical Theory3
      STRC 3336Argumentation3
      STRC 3396Rhetorical Criticism3
      STRC 3663Research Methods for Organizational Communication3
      STRC 3801Intercultural Communication3
      STRC 4774Communicating Organizational Change3
      STRC 4775Health Communication3
  4. Journalism majors must receive a grade of C or higher in all required department courses and electives for them to count for the major.
  5. A maximum of 6 credits may be earned for internships and a maximum of 3 credits for independent studies. If students plan to take multiple internships, please keep in mind the six-credit maximum. Internships may be taken for 1-3 credits.
  6. Only 8 credits will be accepted from Kinesiology and Dance activity courses.
  7. No more than 30 credits may be taken in any single CLA department without special written permission from the Department of Journalism. These requirements are to ensure a broad-based liberal arts education for each major.
  8. Journalism-related coursework must be evaluated for transfer (including courses taken through study abroad programs after enrolling at Temple University) by the Department Chair. No more than 12 credits in total will be accepted for transfer from an accredited journalism/mass communication program; maximum 9 credits from a non-accredited program. Under no circumstances will credit be allowed for duplicate courses.
  9. The department does not award credit for academic or life experience. Students with extensive experience may present evidence and petition for a waiver of department course requirements.
  10. Coursework taken in Business Education, lower-level credits in Military Science, and the Extern Program are not applicable towards graduation.

Departmental Requirements for the Major

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

Foundation Courses
JRN 1101Elements of Writing 12
JRN 1111Journalism and Society 13
JRN 1196Writing for Journalism 1, 23
JRN 1113Audio/Visual Newsgathering3
JRN 1114Design for Journalists3
Advanced Courses
JRN 2101Journalism Research3
JRN 3101Journalism and the Law3
JRN 3601Multimedia Storytelling3
Capstone Course
JRN 4196Philadelphianeighborhoods.com4
Area of Emphasis Electives
2000-level and above electives18
Total Credit Hours45
1

Completion of JRN 1101, JRN 1111 and JRN 1196 with grades of C or better is required before students enroll in any Journalism classes numbered higher than 1111.

2

Students required to take ENG 0701 Introduction to Academic Discourse must complete that requirement before enrolling in JRN 1196 Writing for Journalism.

Required Liberal Arts Courses for the Journalism Major

HIST 1101U.S. History to 18773
HIST 1102U.S. History since 18773
POLS 1101The American Political System3
POLS 2102American State and Local Politics3
Select one of the following:3
Urban Dynamics: Global, Regional, and Local Connections
Urban Society: Race, Class, and Community
World Urban Patterns
Introduction to Sociology
Select one of the following:3
The American Economy
Introduction to the Economy
Macroeconomic Principles
Microeconomic Principles
Global Economics Issues
Select one of the following:3-4
Elements of Statistics
Foundations in Statistical Methods
Social Statistics
Statistics in the News
Total Credit Hours21-22

Suggested Academic Plan

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

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
JRN 1101Elements of Writing2
JRN 1111Journalism and Society3
POLS 1101The American Political System3
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
COMM 1001SMC Freshman Seminar1
 Term Credit Hours17
Spring
JRN 1196Writing for Journalism [WI]3
HIST 1101U.S. History to 18773
IH 0851 or 0951Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I [GY]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3-4
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 2
Fall
JRN 1113Audio/Visual Newsgathering3
Journalism Area of Specialization3
POLS 2102American State and Local Politics3
IH 0852 or 0952Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II [GZ]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
JRN 1114Design for Journalists3
Journalism Area of Specialization3
HIST 1102U.S. History since 18773
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
JRN 2101Journalism Research3
Journalism Area of Specialization3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Non-Journalism Elective3
Select one of the following:3
Urban Dynamics: Global, Regional, and Local Connections [GU] 
Urban Society: Race, Class, and Community 
World Urban Patterns 
Introduction to Sociology 
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
JRN 3101Journalism and the Law3
Journalism Area of Specialization3
Select one of the following:3
The American Economy [GU] 
Introduction to the Economy 
Macroeconomic Principles 
Microeconomic Principles 
Global Economics Issues 
Select one of the following:3-4
Elements of Statistics 
Foundations in Statistical Methods 
Social Statistics 
Statistics in the News [GQ]1 
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
JRN 3601Multimedia Storytelling3
Journalism Area of Specialization3
Journalism Area of Specialization3
Non-Journalism Electives6
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
JRN 4196Philadelphianeighborhoods.com [WI]4
Non-Journalism Electives13
 Term Credit Hours17
 Total Credit Hours: 124
1

 If STAT 0826 not taken as GenEd Quantitative Literacy (GQ) Requirement.