B.S. Degree in Photojournalism {17-18}

B.S. Degree in Photojournalism

The major in Photojournalism balances the breadth of the liberal arts and sciences curriculum with the depth of a professional curriculum in photojournalism, 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 photojournalism 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 photojournalism major are:

  • Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the principles of photojournalism.
  • Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the ethical standards of the journalism profession.
  • Investigate, report, digitally photograph and digitally edit photos for news stories, feature stories and photo documentaries.
  • Demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively as a member of a team.
  • Develop and produce a photo documentary (traditionally in both fall and spring semesters) that meets professional industry standards.
  • Demonstrate an entry-level professional competency through the successful completion of an internship or other professional field experience.
  • Demonstrate the ability to digitally photograph and edit still photos and video for newpapers, online news,  television news, multimedia publications and social media.
  • Photograph and edit stories for Campus News, a weekly program broadcast on Prairie Public television (traditionally in the spring semester). Shoot video and record audio for a television documentary (traditionally in the fall semester).

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

Core Requirements ( 45 credits )

Students must take COMM 343 and COMM 344 concurrently. COMM 309 Reporting is the designated upper-level intensive writing course for the Photojournalism major, COMM 308 Broadcast Journalism is not currently approved as a writing intensive course.

COMM 101 Introduction to Mass Media (3)
COMM 210 Media Writing (3)
COMM 220 Layout and Typography I (3)
COMM 230 Photography (3)
COMM 308 Broadcast Journalism (3) or
COMM 309 Reporting (3)
COMM 320 Layout and Typography II (3)
COMM 324 International Communications (3)
COMM 305 Imaging & Photo Illustration (3)
COMM 330 Photojournalism (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 430 Documentary Photography (3)
COMM 440 Broadcast Documentary (3)

Designated Writing Intensive Course for Major
COMM 309 - Reporting