News

News Courses and Requirements

Students will be guided by the outline of baccalaureate degrees, the University Core Curriculum, and the concentration areas listed below. Students majoring in journalism are encouraged to meet with a faculty advisor in the journalism or telecommunications departments within the first semester of the program. Students are required to attend an orientation during the first year of study. 

Prerequisite Requirements 

Students must complete all major courses with grades of C or better, including track courses outside the department. Before enrolling in a JOUR, NEWS, or TCOM course, a student must earn a C or better grade in its prerequisites. Prerequisites for all courses are strictly enforced. Majors must complete an exit interview with the appropriate track coordinator. 

Language Usage Proficiency Examination

Before enrollment in JOUR 104, NEWS 120, 121, or 122, students must successfully complete a language usage proficiency examination. Successful completion of this examination does not satisfy the University Core Curriculum Writing Proficiency Program requirement.

Credit Hour Requirements

All majors must earn a minimum of 72 credit hours in courses outside the departments of journalism and telecommunications (JOUR, NEWS, and TCOM).

Students who are completing the double major of news (journalism and telecommunications) are required to complete four semesters or the equivalent of one modern or classical language.

Students are allowed to pursue up to two tracks or majors in the Department of Journalism. Students who choose a second track or major must still complete at least 72 hours outside journalism, news, and telecommunications.

News Track Courses, 32 Hours 

ECON
NEWS





247
131
233
240
270
315
340
370

Econ & Stats for the Media
Multimedia: Stills
Multimedia: Reporting
Current Issues 1
Audience Analysis: Communities
News Editing
Current Issues 2
Audience Analysis: Operations

3
1
3
1
1
2
1
1

2 hours from

JOUR

369
479

Paid Internship (0-3)
Unpaid Internship (0-3)

2

3 hours from

POLS

130
237

American National Government (3)
State and Local Politics (3)

3

3 hours from

CCIM
SOC

280
100

Social Media (3)
Principles of Sociology (3)

3

6 hours from

JOUR


NEWS
TCOM

311
312
322
418
324
326
426

News Feature Writing (2)
Opinion Writing (2)
Sportswriting and Reporting (2)
Specialty Reporting (2-6)
News Videography (2)
Presentation Techniques (2)
News Producing (2)

6

2 hours from

JOUR
TCOM

413
422

Advanced Newswriting Reporting (2)
Adv Video/Audio Reporting (2)

2

3 hours from

ANTH


COMM
PHIL

POLS

SOC

111
311
342
290
202
203
474
475
235
421
422

Anth, Culture, & Globalization (3)
Ethnicity and Race (3)
American Culture (3)
Intercultural Communication (3)
Ethics (3)
Social Philosophy (3)
Women and Politics (3)
Minority Group Politics (3)
Sociology of Women (3)
Racial & Cultural Minor US (3)
Analysis of Social Inequality (3)

3

     

59 hrs

Four semesters or equivalent of one modern or classical language at the college level are required.
Department of Journalism
Art and Journalism Building (AJ), room 300
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Phone: 765-285-8200
Fax: 765-285-7997
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