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BA Requirements

The undergraduate major in Journalism and Mass Communication consists of 46–48 semester hours of credit in the Cronkite School:

  • 1 credit JMC 101 Grammar for Journalists or JMC 194 Freshman Seminar
  • For non-freshmen 1 credit JMC 101 Grammar for Journalists

12 credits (four courses) in these foundations and core values classes

  • JMC 110 Principles and History of Journalism
  • JMC 366 Journalism Ethics and Diversity
  • JMC 402 Mass Communication Law
  • JMC 473 Business and Future of Journalism OR JMC 436 PR Research

12 credits (four courses) in these basic skills classes

  • JMC 201 News Reporting and Writing
  • JMC 301 Intermediate Reporting and Writing OR JMC 315 Intermediate Reporting & Writing (required for Broadcast)
  • JMC 305 Online Media
  • JMC 313 Editing OR JMC 345 Videography

3 credits JMC 484 Professional Internship

9 credits in advanced skills courses (at least one course must have an *)

  • JMC 310 Public Relations
  • JMC 320 Newscast Producing *
  • JMC 325 Multimedia Reporting
  • JMC 330 Television Reporting
  • JMC 351 Photojournalism I
  • JMC 413 Advanced Editing *
  • JMC 414 Graphic Design for Print and Web
  • JMC 415 Writing for Public Relations
  • JMC 417 PR Campaigns *
  • JMC 430 Sports Marketing & Campaigns
  • JMC 437 Documentary Production *
  • JMC 440 Magazine Writing *
  • JMC 445 Science and Medical Writing *
  • JMC 451 Intermediate Photojournalism
  • JMC 453 Reporting on Business and the Economy
  • JMC 455 Digital Media Entrepreneurship
  • JMC 460 Advanced Online Media *
  • JMC 465 Precision Journalism
  • JMC 470 Depth Reporting *
  • JMC 475 NewsWatch *
  • JMC 476 PR Lab *
  • JMC 477 Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab *
  • JMC 478 Cronkite News Service
  • JMC 494/498 certain selected topics (see adviser)

3 credits — Any upper division unrestricted JMC/MCO course

6-8 credits MCO courses (minimum six credits upper division MCO courses required)

CRONKITE SCHOOL GENERAL STUDIES REQUIREMENTS (72–74 credits)
6 credits English Composition (ENG 101 AND ENG 102 OR ENG 107 AND ENG 108 OR ENG 105 and any elective)
3 credits Philosophy (PHI 101 or 103 or 105 or 305 or 306)
3 credits U.S. History
3 credits American Government (POS 110 or 310)
3 credits Psychology (PSY 101) or Sociology (SOC 101)
3 credits Economics (ECN 211 or 212)
3 credits of Math (any MA course)
3 credits Statistics (STP 226 or SOC 390 or JUS 302 or SWU 321) (fulfills the university’s computer science requirement)
8 credits Natural Sciences (one must be Quantitative SQ, second may be SQ or SG)
0-16 credits Non-English language—completion of the intermediate (202) level of proficiency
12 credits Related area—courses in one subject area outside of the Cronkite School. Examples include Communication, Business, Political Science, History and Fine Arts. These courses must be approved by a Cronkite School adviser.
8-26 credits Electives

All ASU General Studies courses can be found at https://www.asu.edu/go/classsearch/.

To be eligible to enroll in JMC courses at the 200 level or above, a Cronkite School student must maintain a minimum 2.5 ASU GPA AND have successfully completed JMC 101 Grammar for Journalists.

For more details on the Cronkite School’s requirements visit http://cronkite.asu.edu/assets/images/curriculum/curriculum_check_sheet_102210.pdf

Students admitted to ASU prior to fall 2006 should consult their advisers for information regarding their programs of study:

Undergraduate Program Advisers

Barrett, The Honors College
The Cronkite School is proud to have engaged and graduated many successful Barrett Honors College students since 1988. Sections of a number of JMC courses have been reserved exclusively for Honors College students. In addition, both semesters of The Human Event complete Humanities requirements in the Journalism and Mass Communication curriculum. HON 171 satisfies the English literature requirement and HON 272 satisfies the philosophy requirement.

Minor of Media Analysis