Journalism B.A.

Bachelor of Arts - Journalism

School of Journalism

Degree Specific Credits: 37

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.5

Catalog Year: 2018-2019

Note: Degree Specific Requirements: must complete at least 37 and no more than 48 JRNL credits. Students must complete at least 72 total credits outside of Journalism. The school strongly recommends students complete the first-year sequence of an approved language course or equivalent by exam before applying to the professional program. 

General Education Requirements

Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Education Section of the catalog. 


Pre-Journalism Courses12
Core Requirements
Writing Course - Introductory and General Education Courses18
Journalism Professional Program7-8
Journalism Upper Division Electives15
Total Hours52-53

Pre-Journalism Courses

Rule: 2.5 overall GPA and 2.5 GPA in pre-journalism core.

Note: The lower division core must be completed prior to admission to the School of Journalism professional program. 

Core Requirements

Note: Must complete these courses in order to apply to the professional programs.

JRNL 100HMedia History and Literacy3
JRNL 170Elements of News Writing (Prerequisite for JRNL 270)3
JRNL 257Beginning Visual Journalism3
JRNL 270Reporting3
Total Hours12

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Writing Course and General Education

WRIT 101College Writing I3
General Education Courses15
Total Hours18

Journalism Professional Program

Rule: Complete all courses.

Note: Must also complete 1 capstone course as designated by the faculty.

JRNL 300First Amendment and Journalism Law3
JRNL 400Ethics & Trends in News Media3
JRNL 498Supervised Internship1-2
Total Hours7-8

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Journalism Upper Division Electives

Select five of the following:15
Intermediate Photojournalism
News Editing
Intermediate Web Reporting
Intermediate Audio
Intermediate Video Photography
Intermediate Video Directing
Intermediate Video Reporting and Production
Feature Writing
Public Affairs Reporting
Native News Honors Project
Reporting Native News
Montana Journalism Review
Advanced Photo & Multimedia Storytelling
Freelance Photography
Documentary Photojournalism
Print & Web Editing & Design
Online Journalism
Marketing Your Work
Advanced Audio
Covering Elections
Covering the Legislature
Opinion Writing
International Reporting
Advanced Video Reporting
Adv Video Photo and Directing
Advanced Video Storytelling
Student Documentary Unit
Total Hours15

Minimum Required Grade: C-