Journalism, M.J.

Combined Bachelor of Science in Journalism/Master of Journalism

Total hours: 32 for M.J. portion, 152 for B.S. and M.J. combined

The B.S./M.J. is an integrated, accelerated program for Illinois Journalism majors that may be completed in less time than is required to complete both degrees separately and provides sharper focus on professional multimedia skills than would be available with the two existing degrees combined. Students who maintain superior academic performance are eligible to apply as juniors (after earning at least 60 but not more than 90 credit hours). Accepted students then work on both degrees simultaneously and will receive both at the same time, once all requirements for each have been completed.

Journalism, B.S. component

In College of Media
JOUR 200Introduction to Journalism3
JOUR 205History of American Journalism3
JOUR 210Newsgathering Across Platforms4
JOUR 215Multimedia Reporting4
JOUR 250Journalism Ethics & Diversity3
JOUR 311Media Law3
JOUR 315Adv Public Affairs Reporting4
JOUR 220News Editing4
JOUR 335Audio Journalism4
JOUR 340Video Reporting & Storytelling4
Choose one of the following:4
Multimedia Editing and Design
Video Storytelling 2-Producing
Unrestricted electives within College of Media8
Total in College of Media48
Outside College of Media
CS 105Intro Computing: Non-Tech3
ECON 102Microeconomic Principles3
ECON 103Macroeconomic Principles3
PSYC 100Intro Psych4
RHET 105Writing and Research (or Comp. I equivalent)4
STAT 100Statistics3
Campus general education requirements not met by classes listed above
Recognized minor or one 18-hour specialization or two 9-hour specializations, approved by advisor, from outside COllege of Media and Department of Communication. May include hours listed above. Students may choose to complete a Public Relations minor in addition to the non-Media minor or specializaiton.
Total outside College of Media72
Total B.S. component120

Upon completion of the B.S. component, students must apply and be officially admitted into the Graduate College. They will be issued letters of admission from the Graduate College and the Journalism Department, at which time they will be considered graduate students and assessed graduate tuition beginning with the following semester. Students must satisfy the graduate student minimum residence requirement of 24 graduate credit hours and continue to maintain a graduate GPA of at least 3.0 to remain in the combined program.

Master of Journalism component

May begin after completing 60 hours

Both of these, completing whichever was not taken for B.S. component:
JOUR 425Multimedia Editing and Design4
JOUR 445Video Storytelling 2-Producing4
These three 500-level courses:
JOUR 500Current Issues in Journalism4
JOUR 510, Masters Project Part 14
JOUR 519, Master's Project Part 24
Plus 400-level Journalism electives totaling 16 hours. See department website or Course Explorer for complete list.18
Total M.J. component32

Other Requirements1 

Other requirements may overlap
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 12
Minimum GPA: 3.5