Health & Science Journalism

Health and science journalists play important roles in our society. They take complex and challenging scientific information or medical breakthroughs and create compelling and easy-to-understand journalistic stories for traditional and digital platforms. Those stories can focus on health-care systems, environmental disasters, medical ethics, the spread of disease, climate change, agricultural, the food supply, public health, nutrition and exercise, just to name a few. Health and science writers must critically examine medical and science findings to inform a lay audience about issues that may concern them. The Health and Science Journalism area of emphasis provides students with a solid grounding in journalism basics, how to research and report breaking news and in-depth feature stories and hands-on experience using the latest multimedia tools. Through non-journalism electives, students can learn about meteorology, agribusiness, environmental and natural resource economics, public health, issues in human development, the causes consequences and responses to domestic and global hunger, sports nutrition, rural sociology, poverty and epidemiology.

Bachelor of Journalism Degree Requirements – Effective Fall 2013
 

DEPARTMENT CORE: Required of all CMJN majors (3 hours)

  • CMJN 2100 Concepts of Communication & Journalism (3)

REQUIRED COURSES: Must take all of the courses listed below (15 hours)

  • JRNL 1100 Journalism Fundamentals (3)
  • JRNL 2210 Newswriting (3)
  • JRNL 2310 Reporting (3)
  • CMJN 4000 Mass Media Law & Regulation (3)
  • JRNL 4920 Journalism Internship (3)

REQUIRED COURSES: Must select TWO (6 hours) of the specialized reporting courses below

  • JRNL 3020 Digital News Reporting (3)
  • JRNL 3220 Magazine & Feature Writing (3)
  • JRNL 3530 Sports Reporting (3)

REQUIRED COURSES: Must select TWO (6 hours) of the journalism production courses below

  • JRNL 3010 Digital News Production
  • JRNL 3110 Introduction to Applied Journalism
  • JRNL 3410 Photojournalism
  • JRNL 3470 Editing & Design
  • JRNL 3510 Multimedia Journalism

GROUP 2 COURSES: Select FIVE courses (15 hours) from the following list of Communication and Journalism electives. At least one (3 hours) of the required four courses must be in COMM, CMJN, RTVF or PR.

  • JRNL 3110 Introduction to Applied Journalism (3)*
  • JRNL 3220 Magazine & Feature Writing (3)*
  • JRNL 3410 Photojournalism (3)*
  • JRNL 3470 Editing & Design (3)*
  • JRNL 3510 Multimedia Journalism (3)*
  • JRNL 3530 Sports Reporting (3)*
  • JRNL 3010 Digital News Production (3)*
  • JRNL 3020 Digital News Reporting (3)*
  • JRNL 4320 Entrepreneurial Journalism (3)
  • JRNL 4410/4417 Journalism History (3)
  • JRNL 4430 Sports, Media & Society (3)
  • JRNL 4480 Advanced Publication Design (3)
  • JRNL 4490 Literary Journalism (3)
  • JRNL 4870 Community Journalism (3)
  • JRNL 4970 Special Topics in Journalism (3)
  • JRNL 4930 Directed Studies (1-4)
  • JRNL 4967 Honors Special Problems (1-3)
  • JRNL 4997 Honors Thesis (1-3)
  • COMM 2010 Message Preparation & Analysis (3)
  • COMM 2400 Communication in Organizations  (3)
  • COMM 2410 Small Group Communication (3)
  • COMM 3100/3113 Speaking Before Audiences (3)
  • COMM 3110/3113/3114 Persuasion (3)
  • COMM 3300 Communication and Conflict (3)
  • COMM 3450/3453 Intercultural Communication (3)
  • COMM 3500 Foundations of Human Communication (3)
  • COMM 3600 Foundations of Rhetoric & Social Influence (3)
  • COMM 3650 The Rhetoric of Sports (3)
  • COMM 3700 Argumentation (3)
  • COMM 3970 Special Topics in Communication (3)
  • CMJN 3350 Visual Communication (3)
  • PRCM 3040 Foundations of PR (3)
  • PRCM 3080 International PR (3)
  • PRCM 3090 PR in the Political Process (3)
  • PRCM 3260 Strategic Communication in PR (3)
  • PRCM 3270 PR in the Not-for-Profit Arena (3)
  • PRCM 3280 Social Media and Public Relations (3)
  • RTVF 2350/2353/2354 Intro to Film Studies (3)
  • RTVF 2800 Multimedia Production (3)
  • RTVF 3210 Soundtracks Music Mass Media (3)
  • RTVF 3300 Foundations of Mass Comm (3)
  • RTVF 3350 Writing for Radio, Television & Film (3)
  • RTVF 3380 Broadcast Newswriting (3)
  • RTVF 3420 Introduction to Filmmaking (3)
  • RTVF 3580 Reproducing Popular Culture (3)
  • RTVF 3970 Special Topics in Media (3)

    *May take this course to fulfill a Group 2 requirement if the course was not taken as one of your required specialized reporting or journalism production courses.

GROUP 3 COURSES:  Must take one (3 hours) of the advanced reporting/writing courses listed below

JRNL 4230 Advanced Reporting or JRNL 4470 Advanced Magazine and Feature Writing (3)

University Core Curriculum and Non-Journalism Electives

In addition to the required journalism coursework, all journalism majors take a variety of classes that provide the opportunity for interdisciplinary learning, information literacy, informed citizenship and global awareness. Journalism majors are required to take 23 elective credit hours and 41 hours in Auburn University’s core curriculum. Please consult with the Auburn Bulletin and your academic adviser as to prerequisites and class standing requirements for these courses before registration.

RECOMMENDED NON-JOURNALISM ELECTIVES (23 HOURS): Journalism majors may take any electives in the AU bulletin, as long as they meet the prerequisite and class standing requirements. However, selecting electives from the list below is strongly encouraged for a student interested in the Health & Science Journalism area of emphasis.

  • AERO 3040 ELEMENTARY METEOROLOGY (3)
  • AGEC 3010 AGRIBUSINESS MARKETING (3)
  • AGEC 4000 PRINCIPLES OF AGRIBUSINESS MANAGEMENT (3)
  • AGEC 4070 AGRICULTURAL LAW (3)
  • AGEC 4120 ENVIRONMENTAL & NATURAL RESOURCE ECONOMICS (3)
  • AGRI 1000 INTRODUCTION TO AGRICULTURE (2)
  • AGRI 1080 AGRICULTURAL COMMUNICATIONS (3)
  • ANSC 1000 INTRODUCTION TO ANIMAL SCIENCES (4)
  • ANSC 2010 ANIMALS AND SOCIETY (3)
  • BIOL 2000 MICROBIOLOGY AND PUBLIC HEALTH (4)
  • CCEN 2000 INTRODUCTION: COMMUNITY AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT (3)
  • CCEN 2100 WOMEN AND LEADERSHIP (3)
  • ECON 3100 LAW AND ECONOMICS (3)
  • ECON 3500 COMPARATIVE ECONOMIC SYSTEMS (3)
  • ECON 3800 PUBLIC CHOICE (3)
  • ECON 4200 GOVERNMENT, BUSINESS AND SOCIETY (3)
  • ENTM 2000 PESTS, PATHOGENS, PARASITES, AND PEOPLE (3)
  • HADM 2200 HEALTH POLICY (3)
  • HADM 3700 HEALTH LAW (3)
  • HDFS 1850 CURRENT ISSUES IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY STUDIES (3)
  • HDFS 2000 MARRIAGE AND FAMILY IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT (3)
  • HDFS 2010 LIFESPAN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT IN FAMILY CONTEXT (3)
  • HORT 2030 VEGETABLE PRODUCTION (3)
  • HORT 2040 ORGANIC GARDENING (3)
  • HORT 3110 PLANTS AND PEOPLE: A HISTORY OF GARDENS IN CULTURAL CONTEXT (3)
  • HUSC 2000/2007 HUNGER: CAUSES, CONSEQUENCES, AND RESPONSES (3)
  • KINE 1100/1103/1104 WELLNESS (2)
  • KINE 2800 INTRODUCTION TO KINESIOLOGY (3)
  • KINE 3100/3103 Adaptive Sports (3)
  • KINE 3400 HEALTH PROMOTION IN THE WORKPLACE (3)
  • KINE 3680 PHYSIOLOGY OF EXERCISE (4)*
  • KINE 4450 PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND PUBLIC HEALTH (3)*
  • KINE 4610 MOTOR DEVELOPMENT ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN (3)*
  • NTRI 2000/2007 NUTRITION AND HEALTH (3)
  • NTRI 2010 BASIC SPORTS NUTRITION (3)
  • PSYC 2520 PSYCHOLOGY OF GENDER (3)
  • RSOC 3190 AGRICULTURE AND SOCIETY (3)
  • RSOC 3620 COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION (3)
  • RSOC 4960 SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN RURAL SOCIOLOGY AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT (1-3)
  • RSOC 5510 SOCIAL WELFARE, FAMILY AND POVERTY (3)
  • RSOC 5610 RURAL SOCIOLOGY (3)
  • RSOC 5650 SOCIOLOGY OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND THE ENVIRONMENT (3)
  • SOCY 2100 POPULATION AND SOCIETY (3)
  • VBMS 2100 INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC HEALTH (3)
  • VBMS 3010 INTRODUCTION TO EPIDEMIOLOGY (3)
  • VBMS 4830 GLOBAL AND COMPARATIVE HEALTH SYSTEMS (3)

* These courses are restricted to majors in the KINE department because of demand. Non-majors will be put on a waitlist and may not know until the first week of class if they secured a spot in the course. 

Students must apply for admission to the Journalism program after 30 core hours.

Students who transfer to Auburn University’s Journalism major are required to take a minimum of 21 credit hours in the AU program.

TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED 
University core: 41 hours
College core: 8 hours
Department core: 3 hours
Major Core/Required: 45 hours
Electives: 23 hours
TOTAL: 120 hours

Please consult the Auburn Bulletin for information on the University and College of Liberal Arts Core.

Contact Information

Judith Sheppard

Judith Sheppard

Journalism Program Director
227 Tichenor
Auburn University, AL 36849
(334) 844-4594
sheppje@auburn.edu

Last Updated: March 28, 2014