The Journalism & Professional Writing Major prepares student for careers in broadcast and publication including writing, editing, and reporting. Exploration of current ethical and legal issues associated with the media is also conducted. Students receive a solid foundation in the multimedia skills that are increasingly in demand in today’s workforce. Students can gain real world experience by serving on the staff of the Battler Columns, the ABU newspaper.

Required Courses:

 Course #Credit HoursCourse Name
_____ART 1353Photography I: Introduction to Digital Photography*
_____COMM 1753Media Writing
_____COMM 2513Advertising
_____COMM 3553Mass Communication Law & Ethics
_____ENGL 2303Creative Writing
_____ENGL 2503Advanced Grammar
_____ENGL 2603Technical Writing*
_____HUMN 5503Seminar in the Humanities
_____JOUR 1603Journalism Practicum I
_____JOUR 2003Introduction to Journalism
_____JOUR 2103News Editing and Production
_____JOUR 4501Senior Portfolio Project
Plus 6 semester hours from at least two of the following:
_____JOUR 1651Journalism Practicum II (on Battler Columns Staff)**
_____ENGL 2451Practicum in Grant Writing**
Plus one of the following:
_____ENGL 5003Internship in Professional Writing
_____JOUR 5203Internship in News Editing and Production

**May be repeated for credit.

Foreign language: Four semesters of one modern foreign language are required. (See policy on placement in courses)

Liberal Studies program: As outlined on appropriate Liberal Studies Check Sheet

* Indicates courses that also meet Liberal Studies requirements

Admission requirements:  Students must have a score of at least 20 on the ACT English test or 450 on the SAT Verbal test to be admitted as freshmen into the Journalism and Professional Writing major.

Among requirements for graduation, the student must have at least a 2.00 average in the major.

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