||Dr. Paul Wang assists students in a visual communication seminar
Requirements for the Major in Journalism and Media Studies
Requirements for the Minor in Mass Communications/Journalism and Media Studies
The Department of Journalism and Media Studies offers approximately 25 courses varying in content from the highly
technical and field-specialized to an essential liberal arts orientation. The program
introduces students to the theories, principles, and problems of communications, emphasizing the concept of freedom of information as the cornerstone of constitutional democracy and preparing students for future
leadership roles in communications media.
Our students acquire skills and aptitudes
to succeed in today’s expanding world of news, including Web-based,
interactive, digital journalism. Classes blend theory and practice
to explore legal rights and ethical responsibilities while teaching students to cover the
news under realistic deadlines and conditions. Seniors graduate with
a diverse portfolio of professional work and the confidence to compete
for a challenging range of jobs as reporters, editors, photojournalists, video storytellers,
news researchers, page designers for print and on-line publications
The Department of Journalism and Media Studies operates
our own working newsroom: the Neighborhood News Bureau, which provides educational opportunities for students
and service to the community.
Requirements for the B.A. in Journalism and Media Studies (JMS)
To be admitted to the core curriculum in JMS,
students must have completed general education requirements or a minimum
of 45 hours with a 2.75 minimum overall grade-point average, including
ENC 1101 and 1102 with a grade of "C" or higher (no "C-") in each. Applicants
must establish a minimum score of 60 percent on the Department of Journalism
and Media Studies’ English Diagnostic Test (EDT) prior to being permitted to enroll in MMC
2100 (Writing for Mass Media). (Students who transfer MMC 2100 or its
equivalent from another school must pass the EDT with a score of at
least 70 percent.) All three courses in the mass communications pre-core curriculum
(MMC 2100, MMC 3602* and VIC 3001) must be completed with a minimum grade of "C"
before any other JMS
course may be taken. Students failing to achieve a minimum grade of
"C" in MMC 2100, MMC 3602 and VIC 3001 will not be allowed to major
in the department. A 2.5 GPA in JMS courses
is required for graduation.
The JMS major requires
nine hours of pre-core curriculum courses (MMC 2100, MMC 3602 and VIC 3001) and 35
hours of a combination of required and selective sequence courses in the department for
a total of 44 hours in JMS within the 124-hour
degree requirement. Six hours in JMS writing
courses (six hours in addition to MMC 2100) are a part of the graduation
JMS majors are required to take a minimum
of 80 hours in courses outside the journalism department, with no fewer
than 65 hours in the basic liberal arts and sciences. (Liberal Arts
courses are listed in materials available from the undergraduate adviser
at the Academic Advising Center in Davis Hall.) No more than 44 hours
of JMS courses may be applied toward the
bachelor's degree within the 124-hour graduation requirement.
Journalism majors taking more than 44 hours of JMS courses, regardless of the departments in which those
courses are listed, must add those hours to the 124 hours required for
graduation. In particular, film and photography courses offered in other
departments may be considered to JMS courses
and added to the 124-hour degree requirement.
At least 22 hours of resident
courses taken within the JMS department at USFSP are required. All material submitted by students as assignments
in writing, reporting, editing, photography and electronic newsgathering
and production classes is subject to publication or broadcast. The Department
of Journalism and Media Studies uses a variety of media outlets.
Sign Language may be used as an option by JMS majors to fulfill the language requirement.
Most JMS courses have prerequisites
as specified in the course description (these prerequisites are separate
from the State Mandated Common Prerequisites for program admission listed
in the USF St. Petersburg catalog). Refer to each prerequisite listed to determine
progressive prerequisites for each course. Students also should note
that the JMS major takes at least four semesters to complete
at a minimum and that some courses are offered only during the day or
evening one time each academic year.
Students wishing to transfer to USF St. Petersburg should complete
the A.A. degree at a Florida state community college. Some courses required for
the major may also meet General Education Requirements thereby transferring
maximum hours to the university. If students transfer without an A.A.
degree and have fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the
students must meet the universitys entering freshman requirements
including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.
All students should also be aware of the immunization,
foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.
Students should complete 18 semester hours outside
the JMS curriculum and beyond the 36 hours of General Education requirements prior to entering the university or becoming a major.
If these courses are not taken at the community college, they must be
completed at USFSP before the degree is granted. A grade of C is
the minimum acceptable grade. Students are encouraged to complete the
following prerequisites, or major, support, or elective courses if available,
during the program of study at the community college or in the freshman/sophomore years, and when feasible
in General Education/Gordon Rule courses.
* English Composition (minimum grade
of "C") (6 credits)
* MMC 3602 Mass Communications and
Society (3 credits)
Prior to being admitted to the Department of Journalism
and Media Studies, a student must:
* Complete a minimum of 45 semester
hours including all General Education requirements and six hours of
English composition (with a minimum grade of "C"), earn a
2.7 overall GPA, and pass a departmental-administered English Diagnostic
* A maximum of nine semester hours
in JMS courses will be accepted from a community
college or other lower-level program toward a degree in journalism at USFSP.
It is suggested that the nine hours include the equivalent of the department
core curriculum. Approval by an
academic adviser is required.
Required Coursework for the JMS Major
Pre-Core Curriculum 9 hours
* MMC 2100 Writing for the Mass
* MMC 3602 Mass Comm and Society (3)
* VIC 3001 Introduction to Visual Communication (3)
Foundation Core 9 hours (taken concurrently with Professional Core and Electives)
* MMC 4200 Communications Law (3)
* MMC 4203 Media Ethics (3)
* MMC 4420 Research Methods (3)
Professional Core 11 hours (taken concurrently with Foundation Core and Electives)
* JOU 2100 Beginning Reporting (3)
* JOU 4200 News Editing I (3)
* JOU 4188 Neighborhood News Bureau (3)
* JOU 4938 Senior Seminar (2)
Electives 15 hours (taken concurrently with Professional Core and Foundation Core)
* JOU 4181 Public Affairs Reporting (3)
* JOU 3308 Magazine Article/Feature Writing (3)
* JOU 4206 News Editing and Design (3)
* JOU 4212 Magazine Design and Production (3)
* PGY 3610 Photojournalism I (3)
* PGY 3620 Photojournalism II (3)
* MMC 4131 Video Storytelling (3)
* MMC 4936 Video Storytelling II (3)
* MMC 4120 Media Convergence (3)
* MMC 3141 Web Publishing (3)
* MMC 4106 Science Writing (3)
* MMC 4503 Literary Journalism (3)
* MMC 4945 Media Internship Seminar (3)
* MMC 4936 Special Topics (with adviser approval) (3)
* MMC 4900 Directed Reading (with adviser approval) (1-3)
Outside Requirements 9 hours
* ANT 2410 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)
Choose 2 from among the following electives
* ECO 2013 Macro Economics (3)
ECO 2023 Micro Economics (3)
* PHI 1103 Critical Thinking (3)
* POS 2112 State and Local Government and Politics (3)
POS 3142 Intro to Urban Politics & Government (3)
* CCJ 3024 Survey of Criminal Justice System (3)
* ARH 4724 History of Graphic Design (3)
* PUP 4203 Environmental Politics and Policy (3)
* BSC 2050 Environment (3)
* PHI 3640 Environmental Ethics (3)
* ANT 4462 Health, Illness and Culture (3)
Requirements for the Minor in Journalism and Media Studies
The minor in JMS is available to students pursuing any other major at USF St. Petersburg. Students who wish to minor must apply for admission to the JMS program and must meet all admission standards required of majors.
The minor in MC/JMS requires a minimum
of 18 hours of program coursework, including:
* MMC 2100 (3)
* MMC 3602 (3)
The other 12 hours may be selected from among department
offerings and must include a minimum of 9 hours at the 3000-level or
higher. All major course prerequisites must be met. A grade of "C-"
must be attained to count toward a JMS major or minor
and a 2.5 grade point average in all minor coursework must be maintained.
All minor hours must be completed at USF St. Petersburg.