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Do you question authority? Do you think public officials should be accountable for their promises and taxpayers’ money? Do you want to write stories about true crime, real politics and real people with problems and dreams only you can tell the world about? Our investigative reporting area of emphasis will teach you to how to interview everyone from millionaires to murderers, introduce you to traditional and multimedia information-gathering techniques, and give you a basic understanding of the way systems should work and what happens when they don’t. Through non-journalism electives, students can learn about governments, politics, business, public health policy, economics and international affairs. You choose the areas where you’d like to seek and find “inconvenient truths.”

 
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, MDIA 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)
  • MDIA 2350/2353/2354 Intro to Film Studies (3)
  • MDIA 2800 Multimedia Production (3)
  • MDIA 3210 Soundtracks Music Mass Media (3)
  • MDIA 3300 Foundations of Mass Comm (3)
  • MDIA 3350 Writing for Radio, Television & Film (3)
  • MDIA 3380 Broadcast Newswriting (3)
  • MDIA 3420 Introduction to Filmmaking (3)
  • MDIA 3580 Reproducing Popular Culture (3)
  • MDIA 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 Investigative Journalism area of emphasis.

  • ACCT 2110/2117 PRINCIPLES OF FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING OR ACCT 2810 FUNDAMENTALS OF ACCOUNTING (3)
  • ACCT 2990 BUSINESS LAW (3)
  • CAHS 3700/3707 GENDER, WEALTH AND PHILANTHROPY (3)
  • CCEN 2000 INTRODUCTION: COMMUNITY AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT (3)
  • CCEN 2100 WOMEN AND LEADERSHIP (3)
  • ECON 3100 LAW AND ECONOMICS (3)
  • ECON 3200 MONEY AND BANKING (3)
  • ECON 3500 COMPARATIVE ECONOMIC SYSTEMS (3)
  • ECON 3800 PUBLIC CHOICE (3)
  • ECON 4000 ECONOMICS OF WORK AND PAY (3)
  • ECON 4100 INDUSTRIAL ORGANIZATION (3)
  • ECON 4200 GOVERNMENT, BUSINESS AND SOCIETY (3)
  • ECON 4300 INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS (3)
  • FORY 3440 ENVIRONMENTAL LAW (3)
  • GEOG 2010 CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY (3)
  • GEOG 5310 GEOGRAPHY OF RURAL CHANGE (3)
  • HADM 2200 HEALTH POLICY (3)
  • HUSC 2000/ HUSC 2007 HUNGER: CAUSES, CONSEQUENCES, AND RESPONSES (3)
  • HRMN 4430 LABOR RELATIONS (3)
  • POLI 2100 STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT (3)
  • POLI 3030 AFRICAN-AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT (3)
  • POLI 3090 INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (3)
  • POLI 3100 INTRODUCTIION TO WORLD AFFAIRS (3)
  • POLI 3120 INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS (3)
  • POLI 3140 AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY (3)
  • POLI 3150 AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT (3)
  • POLI 3160 NATIONAL SECURITY POLICY (3)
  • POLI 3170 SOVIET AND POST-SOVIET FOREIGN POLICIES (3)
  • POLI 3180 LATIN AMERICA AND THE UNITED STATES (3)
  • POLI 3190 INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS OF THE MIDDLE EAST (3)
  • POLI 3240 ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE (3)
  • POLI 3250 INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (3)
  • POLI 3260 ORGANIZATION THEORY (3)
  • POLI 3270 POLICY PROCESS (3)
  • POLI 3290 THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY (3)
  • POLI 3300 LAW AND SOCIETY (3)
  • POLI 3310 THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS (3)
  • POLI 3320 JUDICIAL PROCESS (3)
  • POLI 3350 CONTROVERSIES IN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (3)
  • POLI 3360 FEDERAL JURISDICTION (3)
  • POLI 3370 FEDERAL INDIAN LAW (3)
  • POLI 3380 EVIDENCE AND LEGAL REASONING (3)
  • POLI 3390 RELIGION AND POLITICS (3)
  • POLI 3400 POLITICAL PARTIES AND INTEREST GROUPS (3)
  • POLI 3420 POLITICS AND THE MEDIA (3)
  • POLI 3430 JUSTICE AND SOCIETY (3)
  • POLI 3510 THE EUROPEAN UNION (3)
  • POLI 3520 COMPARATIVE POLITICS OF THE MIDDLE EAST (3)
  • POLI 3530 SOVIET AND POST-SOVIET POLITICS (3)
  • POLI 3540 EAST EUROPEAN POLITICS (3)
  • POLI 3550 GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF LATIN AMERICA (3)
  • POLI 3610 ASIAN POLITICS (3)
  • POLI 3710 ISUES IN AMERICAN POLITICS (3)
  • POLI 3720 ISSUES IN COMPARATIVE POLITICS (3)
  • POLI 3730 ISSUES IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (3)
  • POLI 3740 ISSUES IN POLITICAL THOUGHT (3)
  • POLI 4010 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: GOVERNMENT POWERS (3)
  • POLI 4020 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: CIVIL LIBERTIES (3)
  • POLI 4030 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: CIVIL RIGHTS (3)
  • POLI 4040 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3)
  • POLI 4050 AMERICAN LOCAL GOVERNMENT (3)
  • POLI 4220 UNITED STATES POLITICAL ECONOMY (3)
  • POLI 4700 POLITICS OF INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC RELATIONS (3)
  • RSOC 3620 COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION (3)
  • RSOC 5640 SOCIOLOGY OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT (3)
  • SOCY 2000 SOCIAL ISSUES (3)
  • SOCY 2050 CRIME AND JUSTICE IN AMERICA (3)
  • SOCY 3500 MINORITY GROUPS (3)
  • SOWO 2650 HISTORY OF SOCIAL WELFARE (3)

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: May 08, 2014