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The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options

1.  Journalism Major

A. Advertising Emphasis

Recommended for students who have career objectives in advertising and related areas involving market communications.

    •  Required Units (crs.): 39 units (crs.)
    •  Required Courses: In addition to the core courses:
      • Nine units (crs.) from the Required Advertising courses: Journalism 250, 351 and 353.
      • Nine units (crs.) from the Advertising Electives (at least three units (crs.) must be a 400-level course): Journalism 211, 239* OR 331, 340, 424, 440 OR 457, 472.
        *Students taking 239 in the Core cannot use the same class as an elective. 
    • Electives: Six units (crs.) from the department’s offerings to meet the 39 unit (crs.) requirement of the major. Classes already taken from the Required Advertising courses and Advertising Electives do not count again as electives.
    • Comments:  Professional Journalism Internship (Journalism 427) is strongly encouraged, but does not count toward the 39 unit (crs.) major.  Participation in the Student Ad Club, Student Photo Club, Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), Society for Professional Journalists (SPJ) and/or the student newspaper, the Advance-Titan, is strongly recommended.  For students who are enrolled in the University Honors Program, the department offers Honors: Thesis Journalism 474.

B. Media Studies Emphasis

Recommended for students who have career objectives in management and research in journalism and mass media as well as an interest in pursuing graduate programs in mass media and related areas.
    • Required Units (crs.): 39 units (crs.)
    • Required Courses: In addition to the core courses:
      • Nine units (crs.) from the Required Media Studies courses: Journalism 312, 341 and 371. 
      • Nine units (crs.) from the Media Studies Electives (at least three units (crs.) must be a 400-level course): Journalism 239* OR 331, 315 OR 327 OR 351, 340, 347, 380, 457, 472.
        *Students taking 239 in the Core cannot use the same class as an elective.  
    • Electives: Six units (crs.) from the department’s offerings to meet the 39 unit (crs.) requirement of the major. Classes already taken from the Required Media Studies courses and Media Studies Electives do not count again as electives.
    • Comments:  Professional Journalism Internship (Journalism 427) is strongly encouraged, but does not count toward the 39 unit (crs.) major.  Participation in the Student Ad Club, Student Photo Club, Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), Society for Professional Journalists (SPJ) and/or the student newspaper, the Advance-Titan, is strongly recommended.  For students who are enrolled in the University Honors Program, the department offers Honors: Thesis Journalism 474.

C. Visual Emphasis

Recommended for students who have career objectives of working to be a multimedia content creator or producer, photographer or designer. 

    • Required Units (crs.): 39 units (crs.)
    • Required Courses: In addition to the core courses:
      • Nine units (crs.) from the Required Visual courses: Journalism 239 and 251*, 430 and 451.
         
        *Visual Emphasis students must take both 239 and 251. 
      • Nine units (crs.) from the Visual Electives (at least three units (crs.) must be a 400-level course): Journalism 327 OR 351 OR 440, 331, 340, 343.
    • Electives: Six units (crs.) from the department’s offerings to meet the 39 unit (crs.) requirement of the major. Classes already taken from the Required Visual courses and Visual Electives do not count again as electives.
    • Comments: Professional Journalism Internship (Journalism 427) is strongly encouraged, but does not count toward the 39 unit (crs.) major.  Participation in the Student Ad Club, Student Photo Club, Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), Society for Professional Journalists (SPJ) and/or the student newspaper, the Advance-Titan, is strongly recommended.  For students who are enrolled in the University Honors Program, the department offers Honors: Thesis Journalism 474.

D. Writing/Editing Emphasis

Recommended for students whose primary interest is working with words and seeking a career to be a journalism and content producer for newspapers, magazines, online publishing or other mass media.

    • Required Units (crs.): 39 units (crs.)
    • Required Courses: In addition to the core courses:
      • Nine units (crs.) from the Required Writing/Editing courses: Journalism 327 and 2 of the following 3 courses: Journalism 413, 428, 441.
      • Nine units (crs.) from the Writing/Editing Electives (at least three units (crs.) must be a 400-level course): Journalism 239*, 312 OR 341 OR 371 OR 457, 325, 331, 413 OR 428 OR 441, 451.
        *Students taking 239 in the Core cannot use the same class as an elective.  
    • Electives: Six units (crs.) from the department’s offerings to meet the 39 unit (crs.) requirement of the major. Classes already taken from the Required Writing/Editing courses and Writing/Editing Electives do not count again as electives.
    • Comments: Professional Journalism Internship (Journalism 427) is strongly encouraged, but does not count toward the 39 unit (crs.) major. Participation in the Student Ad Club, Student Photo Club, Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), Society for Professional Journalists (SPJ) and/or the student newspaper, the Advance-Titan, is strongly recommended.  For students who are enrolled in the University Honors Program, the department offers Honors: Thesis Journalism 474.

2.  Public Relations Major

Recommended for students who have career objectives in public relations and related areas involving internal and external communications, corporate communications, non-profit organizations and governmental organizations.

    • Required Units (crs.): 36 units (crs.)
    • Required Courses: In addition to the core courses:
      • Nine units (crs.) from the Required Public Relations courses: Journalism 211, 315 and 319.
      • Nine units (crs.) from the Public Relations Electives (at least three units (crs.) must be a 400-level course): Journalism 239 OR 331, 250, 340, 440 OR 457, 455, 472.
    • Electives: Six units (crs.) from the department’s offerings to meet the 39 unit (crs.) requirement of the major. Classes already taken from the Required Public Relations courses and Public Relations Electives do not count again as electives.
    • Comments: Professional Journalism Internship (Journalism 427) is strongly encouraged, but does not count toward the 39 unit (crs.) major.  Participation in the Student Ad Club, Student Photo Club, Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), Society for Professional Journalists (SPJ) and/or the student newspaper, the Advance-Titan, is strongly recommended.  For students who are enrolled in the University Honors Program, the department offers Honors: Thesis Journalism 474.

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