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Journalism, BPS

Offered in: CHICAGO

Journalism is an excellent major for students with a passion for writing and current affairs. Students majoring in journalism may focus their studies on one of five concentrations by taking three of their four electives in writing/reporting, magazine and visual media.


  • A maximum of 12 semester hours may be taken in 100-level courses;
  • At least 15 semester hours must be taken at the 300 level;
  • At least 12 semester hours of journalism courses must be taken at Roosevelt;
  • All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.

  JOUR 201 Communication in the Information Age .....3
  JOUR 219 Essential Multimedia Skills .....3
  JOUR 220 Media Writing .....4
  JOUR 305 News Broadcasting .....3
  JOUR 319 News Reporting .....3
  JOUR 363 Law and Ethics .....3
  JOUR 389 New Media and Technology .....3
Functional Area or Minor
  Related courses in a discipline or interdisciplinary area selected in consultation with an advisor .....18


  Four journalism electives at the upper level .....12

Core Curriculum

BPS degrees replace traditional general education courses and electives with an innovative Core Curriculum, consisting of interdisciplinary seminars and a Senior Thesis research project. These seminars, designed for adult students, reduce the time required to complete degree requirements. Courses in the BPS core are designated with the PLS prefix (Professional and Liberal Studies). The BPS Core Curriculum includes:

Introductory Seminars

  MATH 095 Developmental Mathematics .....
  MATH 110 Quantitative Reasoning or PLS 290 (see below) .....3
  PLS 201 Pro-Seminar in Critical Skills (for students with <60h of transfer credit) - OR PLS 302 (see below) .....6
  PLS 290 Seminar in Technological and Quantitative Literacy -OR- Math 110 Quantitative Reasoning .....3
  PLS 302 Methods of Critical Reasoning (for students with >60h transfer credit or AA/AS degree) .....3

Senior Seminars

  PLS 390 Seminar in the Social Sciences .....6
  PLS 391 Seminar in the Natural Sciences .....6
  PLS 392 Seminar in the Humanities .....6
  PLS 399 Senior Thesis .....3

University Writing Requirement

  Roosevelt University Assessment placement test to determine if additional courses are required .....
  ENG 101 Introduction to Composition .....3
  ENG 102 Argument, Analysis, Research .....3

Senior Seminars