Journalism (B.A.)

Journalism majors plan careers in news editorial, broadcast, media relations or marketing and advertising. Students have a choice between a concentration in Print and Online journalism or one in Broadcast and Digital Media. 

 

In addition to the course work below, students must complete all of the department's general degree requirements.

Major Requirements: Journalism majors plan careers in news editorial, broadcast, media relations or marketing and advertising. Students have a choice between a concentration in Print and Online journalism or one in Broadcast and Digital Media. A journalism advisor must be consulted for verification of requirements, which go beyond the College's requirements, such as additional course work in history (HIS 2050 is required) and at least one required three-credit internship.

Print and Online Concentration

Core Courses
COM 1500Survey of Mass Communication3
COM 2030Journalistic Grammar and Style3
COM 2100News Reporting3
COM 2280Digital Photojournalism3
COM 3100Public Affairs Reporting3
COM 3210News Editing3
COM 4100(WI) Feature Writing3
COM 4250Reporting Race, Gender, and Culture3
COM 5080History and Law of American Journalism3
COM 5250Professional Issues in News Media Management3
COM 5500Journalism and New Media3
COM 6190Internship (3 req.)1-3
HIS 2050United States Since 18773-4
Electives
Select six credits of the following:6
(WI) Broadcast News Writing and Digital Editing
South End Workshop
(WI) Media Analysis and Criticism
Fundamentals of Public Relations
Advanced Digital Photojournalism
Special Topics in Journalism (MAx 9)
Communication Ethics
Research Methods in Communication
Directed Study (Max. 4)
Public Relations Campaigns and Issues Management
Layout and Design
Investigative Reporting
TV News Reporting and Digital Editing
Magazine Writing
Political and Governmental Reporting
Internship
Marketing Management
Principles of Advertising
Advertising Media Planning
Total Credits43-46

Broadcast News and Digital Media Concentration

Core Courses
COM 1500Survey of Mass Communication3
COM 1600Introduction to Audio-Television-Film Production3
COM 2030Journalistic Grammar and Style3
COM 2100News Reporting3
COM 2230(WI) Broadcast News Writing and Digital Editing3
COM 4250Reporting Race, Gender, and Culture3
COM 4410Television Production4
COM 5080History and Law of American Journalism3
COM 5250Professional Issues in News Media Management3
COM 5381TV News Reporting and Digital Editing3
COM 5500Journalism and New Media3
COM 6190Internship (3 req.)1-3
Electives
Select six credits of the following:6
Digital Photojournalism
(WI) Media Analysis and Criticism
Public Affairs Reporting
Editing and Field Production
Special Topics in Journalism (Max 9)
Communication Ethics
Research Methods in Communication
African Americans in Television
Audio Production
Directed Study (Max. 4)
Documentary and Non-Fiction Film and Television
Layout and Design
Topics in Production Design and Theory
Special Topics in Media Studies
Societal Effects of New Technologies
Advanced TV Production
Internship
Total Credits41-43

Journalism Institute for Media Diversity: The Journalism Institute for Media Diversity is a four-year program designed to recruit and train talented students interested in diversity in the media. Members of all racial and ethnic groups as well as anyone interested in studying the importance of diversity in the nation's media are particularly urged to apply. The Institute pools the resources of the University, the business community and Detroit area media professionals to provide scholarships and internships for some of its students. For additional information contact:

Director, Journalism Institute for Media Diversity
Wayne State University Journalism Program
559 Manoogian
Detroit, MI 48201
telephone: 313-577-6304

Departmental Honors Program

The Communication Department Honors program offers capable students the opportunity to pursue independent study and to  work closely with department faculty members. Completion of the honors major results in an honors degree designation on the diploma.

Departmental Honors Requirements

In order to enter the departmental honors program students must have achieved academic excellence in previous work, such as a high school g.p.a. of 3.5 or a college or university g.p.a. of 3.3. Students must meet all regular major requirements including the following: three honors-option courses within their major at the 2000 level or above, taught by full-time faculty members (internships cannot satisfy this requirement), at least one 4000-level seminar offered through the Liberal Arts and Sciences Honors Program, a senior honors thesis under the direction of a faculty advisor in their major area (COM 4996) and maintain a minimum g.p.a. of 3.3 cumulative and in the major.