B.S. Degree in Documentary Journalism {17-18}

B.S. Degree in Documentary Journalism

The major in Documentary Journalism balances the breadth of the liberal arts and sciences curriculum with the depth of a professional curriculum in documentary journalism, along with a choice of unrestricted electives to provide a well-rounded educational experience. Majors must complete 120 credits with a minimum of 40 credits at the 300-400 levels. Majors will complete a minimum of 42 credits in LASC, 45 credits in the documentary journalism program, and the remaining credits will be available as unrestricted electives. Internships, while not formally required, are strongly encouraged to gain additional insight into the journalism profession.

Student Learning Outcomes

In addition to the overarching learning outcomes, the nuanced learning outcomes of the documentary journalism major are:

  • Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the principles of documentary journalism.
  • Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the ethical standards of the journalism profession.
  • Investigate, write, report, photograph, edit and produce publications for print, broadcast and the internet that meets professional industry standards.
  • Demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively as a member of a team.
  • Demonstrate an entry-level professional competency through the successful completion of an internship or other professional field experience.

Program Delivery Mode
Land plus: face-to-face where some online courses may be available or required

Core Requirements ( 48 credits )

Students must take COMM 343 and COMM 344 concurrently.

COMM 101 Introduction to Mass Media (3)
COMM 210 Media Writing (3)
COMM 220 Layout and Typography I (3)
COMM 230 Photography (3)
COMM 309 Reporting (3)
COMM 324 International Communications (3) or
COMM 302 History of Mass Communications (3)
COMM 330 Photojournalism (3)
COMM 341 TV News Writing (3)
COMM 343 TV News Photography (3)
COMM 344 TV News Video Editing (3)
COMM 400 Media Ethics and Issues (3)
COMM 403 Communications Law (3)
COMM 405 Writing for the Web (3)
COMM 420 Digital Storytelling (3)
COMM 430 Documentary Photography (3) or
COMM 431 Photo Story (3)
COMM 440 Broadcast Documentary (3)

Designated Writing Intensive Course for Major
COMM 309 - Reporting