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Interested in being a lawyer for a newspaper, broadcast, motion picture, recording or entertainment company? Pre-law students are encouraged to excel academically, think analytically and write critically. Students interested in the Media Law area of emphasis will be solidly prepared for the academic rigors of law school, as well as to be ready to work for a non-profit or government agency that is related to media industry. Through the journalism curriculum, students will understand press rights and responsibilities, First Amendment theories and landmark media law cases, in addition to a solid grounding in journalism basics, research skills, critical analysis and reporting the news for multiple media. Through non-journalism electives, students will learn about business law, contracts, corporations’ legal liability and how the law affects economic relations.

The College of Liberal Arts sponsors the Pre-law Scholars Program. The program is interdisciplinary and is open to all students of any major who intend to pursue careers within the legal profession. Students may engage in a pre-law academic concentration within their major course of study and may choose among pre-law elective courses as their academic schedules permit. The program offers career counseling and law school application counseling to students interested in legal careers. Dorothy Wells Littleton, J.D., practitioner-in-residence, is available to meet with students in Haley Center 8030E. Students are invited to discuss opportunities within various legal specialties and the day-to-day duties of lawyers within these specialties, choice of major or minor, choice of elective courses, choice of law school, paralegal degrees and opportunities, and the law school application process (including drafting of the Personal Statement and obtaining recommendations). The program provides an information network to Auburn’s pre-law students. Internship and employment opportunities, speakers, elective course offerings, social events, and trips to court proceedings and law school campuses are announced by email to program members.

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 Media Law area of emphasis.

  • ACCT 2990 BUSINESS LAW (3)
  • ACCT 3990/3993 ADVANCED BUSINESS LAW (3)
  • ANTH 4300 THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF LAW (3)
  • COMP 4730 COMPUTER ETHICS (1)
  • ECON 3100 LAW AND ECONOMICS (3)
  • FORY 3440 ENVIRONMENTAL LAW (3)
  • HRMN 4430 LABOR RELATIONS (3)
  • HRMN 5480 LABOR RELATIONS LAW (3)
  • PHIL 3640 PHILOSOPHY OF LAW (3)
  • PHIL 3660 APPLIED ETHICS (3)
  • POLI 3300 LAW AND SOCIETY (3)
  • POLI 3320 JUDICIAL PROCESS (3)
  • POLI 3340 INTRODUCTION TO CONFLICT RESOLUTION (3)
  • POLI 3350 CONTROVERSIES IN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (3)
  • POLI 3360 FEDERAL JURISDICTION (3)
  • POLI 3380 EVIDENCE AND LEGAL REASONING (3)
  • POLI 3420 POLITICS AND THE MEDIA (3)
  • POLI 4010 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: GOVERNMENT POWERS (3)
  • POLI 4020 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: CIVIL LIBERTIES (3)
  • POLI 4030 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: CIVIL RIGHTS (3)
  • SOCY 5200 SOCIOLOGY OF LAW (3)
  • UNIV 2000 FOUNDATIONS OF LEADERSHIP (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: August 05, 2014