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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 they count 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 Video Production Workflow .....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


  COMM 201 may not be used as one of the two electives .....
  Two courses at the 200- or 300-level in journalism. .....