Communication: Journalism, B.A. Sample Degree Map

The Communication: Journalism, B.A. degree is the newest major to be offered by the department. The training of journalists has always been important to insure a credible flow of information to the public. This program aims to produce graduates who are professionally orientated and technically proficient, well prepared for the world of work, and responsive critical thinkers and reflective practitioners who will make significant contributions in their chosen fields. A unique multidisciplinary approach places emphasis on critical thinking, research, and reporting in relation to word, image and sound. A convergence approach allows students to learn and practice journalism across a variety of distribution methods.

The State University of New York at Fredonia is committed to doing our part to provide each student a clear path to graduation. This four-year degree plan is a sample map for fulfilling requirements in the major, the Fredonia Foundations (FF), and other supporting courses. The pathway that you take to your degree may differ somewhat from this illustration, depending on where you start and the detours and side trips you may take along the way. If you are committed to completing your degree in four years, we encourage you to consider signing up for the Fredonia in 4 program. For complete information about this degree program, please consult the university catalog at www.fredonia.edu/catalog

Sample Degree Plan

First Year

Fall Semester

Course Credits
COMM 199 Communication Orientation 1
COMM 101 Fundamentals of Communication 3
COMM 130 Foundations in Journalism 3
FF Course 3
FF Course 3
FF Course 3
TOTAL 16

Spring Semester

Course Credits
COMM 105 Public Speaking 3
COMM xxx Journalism Theory Course 3
FF Course 3
FF Course 3
General Elective 3
 
TOTAL 15

Second Year

Fall Semester

Course Credits
COMM 230 News Gathering 3
COMM xxx Group B Course 3
FF Course 3
FF Course 3
Minor/General Elective Course 3
TOTAL 15

Spring Semester

Course Credits
COMM 231 Storytelling: Words, Images, Sound 3
COMM xxx Group B Course 3
COMM xxx Non-Journalism Course 3
FF Course 3
Minor/General Elective Course 3
TOTAL 15

Third Year

Fall Semester

Course Credits
COMM 232 Critical Analysis 3
COMM 315 Selected Topics in Journalism 3
Minor/General Elective Course 3
Minor/General Elective Course 3
Minor/General Elective Course 3
TOTAL 15

Spring Semester

Course Credits
COMM 315 Selected Topics in Journalism 3
COMM 420 Communication Law and Ethics 3
Minor/General Elective Course 3
Minor/General Elective Course 3
Minor/General Elective Course 3
TOTAL 15

Fourth Year

Fall Semester

Course Credits
COMM 470 Practicum 3
Minor/General Elective Course 3
Minor/General Elective Course 3
Minor/General Elective Course 3
Minor/General Elective Course 3
TOTAL 15

Spring Semester

Course Credits
COMM 440 Journalism Convergence Capstone 3
Minor/General Elective Course 3
Minor/General Elective Course 3
Minor/General Elective Course 3
Minor/General Elective Course 2
TOTAL 14

GRAND TOTAL: 120

This Sample Degree Map is based on the requirements published in the University Catalog.

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