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Journalism, BA

Offered in: CHICAGO

The Journalism major focuses on developing a wide range of skills in critical thinking and analysis, storytelling, writing and information-gathering to prepare students for careers in 21st century media. The Journalism program is offered only at the Chicago campus.


All courses in the major must be passed with a grade of C or higher.


Students must have completed COMM 201 (formerly listed as JOUR 201) or its equivalent with a grade of C or better to begin their studies as Journalism majors. Transfer students must complete at least seven courses (21 semester hours) at Roosevelt. COMM 201 is not counted as part of the hours that count toward the journalism major, although it counts toward the 120 hours required for the degree. No more than 40 total hours may be taken in journalism.


Students will complete a total of 11 courses, consisting of nine required courses and two electives, for a total of 34 semester hours. The nine required courses focus on best practices and skills, as well as theory, needed for online, broadcast and print journalism. A three-semester-hour internship is part of the requirements for the degree, as is JOUR 392: The Convergence Newsroom. JOUR 392 is a team reporting project in which students' work is presented in multiple platforms.

Students take two 200- or 300-level journalism courses as electives to complete the 34 hours required for the degree.

No 100-level course in journalism, taken at Roosevelt or transferred from another college or university, may count toward the major.

The Department of Communication recommends a minor of at least 15 semester hours in a program such as political science, psychology, English, sociology, economics, or history.

  JOUR 219 Essential Multimedia Skills .....3
  JOUR 220 Media Writing .....4
  JOUR 305 News Video Production .....3
  JOUR 319 Reporting .....3
  JOUR 363 Law and Ethics .....3
  JOUR 389 New Media and Technology .....3
  JOUR 390 Special Topics: Journalism Today .....3
  JOUR 392 Convergence Newsroom (capstone) .....3
  JOUR 399 Internship .....3


  Two courses at the 200- or 300-level in journalism (COMM 201 may not be used as an elective). .....6

General Education Requirements

Academic Communities of Practice

  ACP 101 First-Year Seminar (required for students who enter RU with fewer than 12 semester hours) .....3
  ACP 110 Primary Texts .....3
  ACP 250 Grounds for Change .....3

English Composition (minimum grade of C- required)

  ENG 101 Composition I: Critical Reading and Writing .....3
  ENG 102 Composition II: Introduction to Academic Research .....3


  Nine semester hours total required from these subject areas: African-American Studies, Art History, English (excluding 101 and 102), History, Languages, Music, Philosophy, Theatre, Speech and Women's and Gender Studies .....9


  MATH 110 Math 110 or above (Math, Computer Science & Technology, and Science majors have different requirements -- see advisor). .....3

Non-Western Requirement

  Non-Western course (can be used for Humanities or Social Sciences general education requirements) .....3

RU Mission-Related Course (minimum grade of C- required)

  LIBS 201 Writing Social Justice .....3


  One biological science and one physical science required; at least one must be a four-hour lab (not applicable for science majors) TOTAL: at least 7 science hours. .....7-8

Social Sciences

  Nine semester hours total required from these subject areas: African-American Studies, Anthropology, Economics, History, Journalism, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies .....9

These quantitative requirements also apply to degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences:

  • Students may apply no more than 60 semester hours of 100-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must apply no fewer than 60 semester hours of 200- and 300-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must have at least 18 semester hours (of the 60 semester hours above) at the 300 level.
  • Students may transfer in no more than 66 semester hours from community colleges.
  • Students must take their final 30 hours at Roosevelt University. Note that some majors have additional requirements for RU hours.
  • Students must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher to graduate. Note that some majors have additional GPA requirements.
  • Students must have a minimum of 90 hours in Arts and Sciences.
  • Students may apply no more than 51 hours in the major (BA) or 57 hours in the major (BS)