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Journalism- B.S. Program Requirements PDFDownload to print

Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

I. DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE (1 credit)
Type
Course Title Credits
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
II. MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (19 credits) Courses count in major GPA1
Type Course Title Credits
KSS/DD JMC 20001 Media, Power and Culture 3
    20006 Multimedia Techniques 3
    26001 Multimedia Newswriting 3
    26005 Multimedia Storytelling 3
    40006 Law of Mass Communication 3
WIC   40010 Ethics and Issues in Mass Communication 2 3
ELR   40092 Internship 1
III. ADDITIONAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (62 credits)  
Type Course Title Credits
KAD COMM 15000 Introduction to Human Communication 3
    21000 Communication Grammar Review 3 1
KSS ECON 22060 Principles of Microeconomics 3
  ENG English upper-division elective 3
KHU/DD HIST 12070 History of the United States: The Formative Period 3
KHU/DD   12071 History of the United States: The Modern Period 3
  LIS 10010
30010
Information Fluency 4
or Information Fluency in the Workplace and Beyond 4
3
KAD/DD POL 10100 American Politics 3
  VCD 14001 Visual Design Literacy 3
  Choose from the following: 3
KSS/DG POL 10004 Comparative Politics (3)  
KSS/DD PSYC 11762 General Psychology (3)  
KSS SOC 12050 Introduction to Sociology (3)  
  Choose from the following: 3-4
  POL 20001 Political Methods (3)  
  PSYC 21621 Quantitative Methods in Psychology (3)  
  SOC 32220
32221
Data Analysis (3)
and Data Analysis Laboratory (1)
 
  Kent Core Composition 6
  Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning 3-5
  Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory) 6-7
  General Electives 5
All credits must be from outside the discipline. Number of credits required depends on meeting minimum 124 credit hours and minimum 39 upper-division hours
16
IV. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (42 credits) 
  Broadcast News (42)
  Magazine (42)
  Multimedia News (42)
  Photojournalism (42)
MINIMUM TOTAL  124

1. No grade lower than a C- (1.700) in a JMC course will be counted toward graduation or as a prerequisite for a subsequent class.
2. A minimum C (2.000) grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement. Students declaring the combined degree program with the master's in journalism and mass communication will satisfy the writing-intensive requirement with JMC 60003 Ethics in Mass Communication.
3. A minimum C (2.000) grade must be earned.
4. Students in the Photojournalism concentration must take LIS 30010.
5. Any JMC course taken is calculated in the major GPA.
Students must complete minimum 72 credit hours outside the journalism and mass communication discipline per the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The following courses are considered within the discipline and cannot be used toward the 72-hour requirement.

COMM 20000 Foundations of Communication VCD 34006 Motion Design
COMM 21008 Social Media Strategies VCD 37000 Visual Design for Media: Advanced
COMM 25863 Business and Professional Communication VCD 38001 Photographics
COMM 25902 Communication Theory VCD 38003 Photo Technology
COMM 26001 Public Communication in Society VCD 38004 Advanced Photography
COMM 26501 Introduction to Health Communication VCD 38009 Internship Seminar: Photo Illustration
COMM 30000 Communication Research Methods VCD 40025 Professional Portfolio
COMM 35860 Interviewing VCD 40052 Graphic Design - Travel and Field Experience
COMM 41000 Sports Communication VCD 40053 Graphic Design Studio - Glyphix
COMM 42000 Media, War and Propaganda VCD 40092 Internship I - Graphic Design/Illustration
COMM 43000 Communication Technology and Human Interaction VCD 40095 Special Topics: Graphic Design/Illustration
COMM 45006 Media Use and Effects VCD 40096 Individual Investigation in Graphic Design and Illustration
COMM 45007 Freedom of Speech VCD 40192 Internship II - Graphic Design/Illustration
COMM 45092 Internship in Communication Studies VCD 40193 Variable Title Workshop in VCD
COMM 45093 Variable Title Workshop in Communication VCD 40195 Selected Topics: Graphic Design/Illustration
COMM 45095 Special Topics in Communication Studies VCD 42000 Advanced Illustration: Media
COMM 45196 Independent Study: Communication Studies VCD 42002 Editorial Illustration
COMM 45902 Communication and Influence VCD 42003 Advertising Illustration
COMM 46091 Senior Seminar VCD 43000 Studio Production
COMM 46092 Practicum in Applied Communication VCD 43001 Interactive Design: Communities and Culture
COMM 46053 Health Communication and Media VCD 43002 Typographic/Photographic Graphic Design
JMC xxxxx (any course with the subject JMC) VCD 43003 Corporate Identity/Graphic Design
VCD 13000 Introduction to Visual Communication Design VCD 43004 Issues for Graphic Design Businesses
VCD 13001 Introduction to Visual Communication Design Studio VCD 43005 Packaging, Promotion and Retail Environments
VCD 14001 Visual Design Literacy VCD 43006 Environmental Graphic Design
VCD 14002 Communicating with Color VCD 43007 Information Graphics
VCD 20000 Basic Computer-Graphic Design and Illustration VCD 43008 Branded Identity
VCD 20010 Introduction to Design Research VCD 43051 Type High Press
VCD 23000 Intermediate Studio Skills: Graphic Design/Illustration VCD 45000 Graphic Design Perspectives
VCD 28000 Photography VCD 46000 Web Design and Programming I
VCD 28002 Photography II VCD 46001 Web Design and Programming II
VCD 28004 Photographic Perspectives VCD 46003 Advanced Typography
VCD 32000 Illustration I VCD 46053 Web Design and Programming Studio
VCD 32001 Illustration II VCD 48005 Color Photography
VCD 33000 Graphic Design I VCD 48007 Photo Illustration Techniques
VCD 33001 Graphic Design II VCD 48092 Practicum in Photography
VCD 34004 Visual Ethics VCD 49198 Senior Research Paper: Graphic Design/Illustration
VCD 34005 Introduction to 3D Graphic Design VCD 49199 Senior Capstone

Special Major Note:
Students who pass 15 credits of non-remedial academic coursework each fall and spring semester and the 1-credit First Year Experience course will accumulate 121 credits in four years. This major requires 124 credits for graduation. Students can stay on track for graduation by:

  • Declaring their major as freshmen and completing all courses in sequence (bear in mind that switching majors may cause a delay in graduation);
  • Prioritizing required courses above electives;
  • Meeting regularly with their academic advisors to stay on track;
  • Passing each required course the first time attempted and maintaining the minimal GPA for the major;
  • Successfully completing more than 15 credit hours of relevant coursework (field-based work, internship) during academic semesters; and/or
  • Completing relevant coursework (field-based work, internship) during summer sessions.

 

Broadcast News Concentration

 I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (20 credits)  Courses count in major GPA1
Type Course Title Credits
  JMC 26008 Broadcast Beat Reporting 4
     40004
40012
Computer Assisted Reporting (3)
or Online Journalism (3)
3
    46003 Producing Television News 3
    46009 Reporting Public Affairs 4
    46052
46054
Advanced Broadcast News Practices (3)
or Broadcast Documentary (3)
3
    JMC upper-division elective 2 3
 II. ADDITIONAL CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (22 credits) 
Type Course Title Credits
  Kent Core Fine Arts 3
  General Electives 3 (minimum 9 credit hours must be from outside the discipline, see your academic advisor for a list of acceptable courses. 13 credit hours must be upper-division) 19
TOTAL 42

1. No grade lower than a C- (1.700) in a JMC course will be counted toward graduation or as a prerequisite for a subsequent class.
2. Additional internship hours may be selected.
3. Any JMC course taken is calculated in the major GPA. Students must complete minimum 72 credit hours outside the journalism and mass communication discipline per the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The courses listed above are considered within the discipline and cannot be used toward the 72-hour requirement.

 

Magazine Concentration

 I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (26 credits)  Courses count in major GPA1
Type Course Title Credits
  JMC 26007 Print Beat Reporting 4
    36005 Copyediting 3
    46009 Reporting Public Affairs 4
    46016 Magazine Publishing 3
    46018 Feature Writing 3
    46020
46056
Magazine Design or
Cybermedia Production
3
    46021 Magazine Writing and Editing 3
  Choose from the following: 3
  JMC 32001 Photojournalism I (3)  
    40004 Computer Assisted Reporting (3)  
    40012 Online Journalism (3)  
    40015 Media Management (3)  
    40091 Business Media Seminar (3)  
    40092 Internship (1-5)  
     46000 Newspaper Design (3)  
    46001 Information Graphics (3)  
    46006 Editorial Writing (3)  
    46007 Reporting in Depth (3)  
     46020 Magazine Design (3)  
    46021 Magazine Writing and Editing (3)  
    46054 Broadcast Documentary (3)  
    46091 New York Media Seminar(3)  
 II. ADDITIONAL CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (16 credits) 
Type Course Title Credits
  ENTR 27056 Introduction to Entrepreneurship 3
  VCD 37000 Visual Design for Media: Advanced 2 3
  Kent Core Fine Arts 3
  General Electives 3 (4 credit hours must be upper-division, minimum 6 credit hours must be taken outside of the discipline) 7
TOTAL 42

1. No grade lower than a C- (1.700) in a JMC course will be counted toward graduation or as a prerequisite for a subsequent class.
2. Students who successfully complete VCD 13001 may use it as a substitute for VCD 37000.
3. Any JMC course taken is calculated in the major GPA. Students must complete minimum 72 credit hours outside the journalism and mass communication discipline per the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The courses listed above are considered within the discipline and cannot be used toward the 72-hour requirement.

 

Multimedia News Concentration

 I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (26 credits)  Courses count in major GPA1
Type Course Title Credits
  JMC 26007 Print Beat Reporting 4
    36005 Copyediting 3
    40004

40012
Computer Assisted Reporting (3)
or
Online Journalism (3)
3
    46000 Newspaper Design 3
    46009 Reporting Public Affairs 4
    46018 Feature Writing 3
  Choose from the following: 6-7
  JMC 26008 Broadcast Beat Reporting (4)  
     32001 Photojournalism I (3)  
    40004 Computer Assisted Reporting (3)  
    40012 Online Journalism (3)  
    40015 Media Management (3)  
    46001 Information Graphics (3)  
    46006 Editorial Writing (3)  
    46007 Reporting in Depth (3)  
    46016 Magazine Publishing (3)  
    46020 Magazine Design (3)  
    46021 Magazine Writing and Editing (3)  
    46054 Broadcast Documentary (3)  
    46056 Cybermedia Production (3)  
 II. ADDITIONAL CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (16 credits) 
Type Course Title Credits
  VCD 37000 Visual Design for Media: Advanced 2 3
  Kent Core Fine Arts 3
  General Electives  3 (minimum 7 credit hours must be upper-division, 9 credit hours must be from outside of the discipline) 10
TOTAL 42

1. No grade lower than a C- (1.700) in a JMC course will be counted toward graduation or as a prerequisite for a subsequent class.
2. Student who successfully complete VCD 13001 may use it as a substitute for VCD 37000.
3. Any JMC course taken is calculated in the major GPA. Students must complete minimum 72 credit hours outside the journalism and mass communication discipline per the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The courses listed above are considered within the discipline and cannot be used toward the 72-hour requirement.

 

Photojournalism Concentration

 I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (24 credits)  Courses count in major GPA1
Type Course Title Credits
  JMC 22001 Photography 3
    22004 Visual Storytelling 3
    32001 Photojournalism I 3
    32002 Photojournalism II 3
    32005 Video for Still Photography 3
    42001 Sports Photography 3
    42008 Advanced Photojournalism 3
  Choose from the following: 3
  JMC 42009 Fashion Photography (3)  
    46055 Entrepreneurial Documentary Photography (3)  
 II. ADDITIONAL CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (18 credits) 
Type Course Title Credits
KFA ARTH 22006 Art History: Ancient and Medieval Art 3
KFA ARTH 22007 Art History: Renaissance to Modern Art 3
  ARTH 3/4XXXX Upper-division ARTH elective 3
  ENTR 27056 Introduction to Entrepreneurship 3
  VCD 37000 Visual Design Media: Advanced 2 3
  General Electives 3 (must be upper-division) 3
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL 
42

1. No grade lower than a C- (1.700) in a JMC course will be counted toward graduation or as a prerequisite for a subsequent class.
2. Students who successfully complete VCD 13001 may use it as a substitute for VCD 37000.
3. Any JMC course taken is calculated in the major GPA. Students must complete minimum 72 credit hours outside the journalism and mass communication discipline per the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The courses listed above are considered within the discipline and cannot be used toward the 72-hour requirement.