Journalism, BA

Offered in: Chicago

The Department of Communication offers three majors and four minors targeted toward careers or advanced study in the media professions— journalism, integrated marketing communications (advertising and public relations) and media studies.

The Journalism program at Roosevelt University offers a mix of hands-on professional courses and theoretical courses focused on issues common to all journalistic fields. Students in the program work with state-of-the-art technology to research their subjects, shoot and edit photos as well as digital video and audio, write articles, and design publications for print and online. Students who complete this "convergence" program will have completed coursework in digital, broadcast, and print journalism to prepare themselves for work in today's multimedia news environment.

Roosevelt’s distinguished Journalism faculty members are all professional journalists, many of whom remain active in professional media organizations and bring their practical experiences into the classroom to provide students with valuable real-world perspective. Students learn in our multimedia newsroom-style computer labs, working hands-on with all of the most up-to-date graphics and digital video and audio editing software. All courses stress ethics and the social role of journalism and offer practical experience in reporting, writing, editing and design skills.

Journalism majors are encouraged to pursue a minor in related and complementary fields, for example: Political Science, English or Economics .

Prerequisites

Students must have completed COMM 201 COMMUNICATION IN THE INFO AGE (formerly listed as JOUR 201 COMMUNICATION IN THE INFORMATION AGE) or its equivalent with a grade of C or better to begin their studies as Journalism majors.

Requirements

Students complete a total of 11 courses (34 credit hours) for the Journalism major, including nine core courses and two electives.

  • All students in this major are required to complete a professional internship work experience in the field, JOUR 399, Internship.
  • All students in this major complete the required capstone journalism project, JOUR 392, The Convergence Newsroom This is a team reporting project in which students' final work is published on a multimedia website.
  • Transfer students must complete seven JOUR courses (21 credit hours) at Roosevelt.
  • No 100-level courses may count toward the hours required for this major.
  • No Pass/Fail grades are accepted for this major.
  • All courses for the major must be completed with a minimum grade of C (not C-) or better.
Core
JOUR 219ESSENTIAL MULTIMEDIA SKILLS3
JOUR 220MEDIA WRITING4
JOUR 305NEWS VIDEO PRODUCTION3
JOUR 319NEWS REPORTING3
JOUR 363LAW AND ETHICS3
JOUR 389NEW MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY3
JOUR 390SPECIAL TOPIC:JOURNALISM TODAY3
JOUR 392THE CONVERGENCE NEWSROOM3
JOUR 399INTERNSHIP3
Electives
Two courses at the 200 or 300 level in journalism (COMM 201 may not be used as an elective)6
General Education, University Writing Requirement, and Electives
Courses to total 12086
Total Credit Hours120

General Education Requirements

Academic Communities of Practice
ACP 101FIRST YEAR SEMINAR 13
ACP 110PRIMARY TEXTS3
ACP 250GROUNDS FOR CHANGE3
English Composition 2
ENG 101COMPOSITION I: CRITICAL READING & WRITING3
ENG 102COMPOSITION II: INTRODUCTION TO ACADEMIC RESEARCH3
Humanities
Select 9 credits from the following subject areas: African-American Studies, Art History, English (excluding ENG 101 and ENG 102), History, Languages, Music, Philosophy, Theatre, Speech and Women's and Gender Studies9
Mathematics
MATH 110QUANTITATIVE LITERACY (or above) 33
Non-Western requirement
Non-Western course (can be used for Humanities or Social Sciences general education requirements)3
RU mission-related course 2
LIBS 201WRITING SOCIAL JUSTICE3
Science
One biological science and one physical science required (at least one must be a four-hour lab (not applicable for science majors)7-8
Social Sciences
Select 9 credits from the following subject areas: African-American Studies, Anthropology, Economics, History, Journalism, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies9
Total Credit Hours49-50
1

Required for students who enter RU with fewer than 12 credit hours

2

Minimum grade of C- required

3

Math, Computer Science & Technology, and Science majors have different requirements--see advisor

These quantitative requirements also apply to degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences:

  • Students may apply no more than 60 credit hours of 100-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must apply no fewer than 60 credit hours of 200- and 300-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must have at least 18 credit hours (of the 60 credit hours above) at the 300 level.
  • Students may transfer in no more than 66 credit hours from community colleges.
  • Students must take their final 30 hours at Roosevelt University. Note that some majors have additional requirements for RU hours.
  • Students must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher to graduate. Note that some majors have additional GPA requirements.
  • Students must have a minimum of 90 hours in Arts and Sciences.
  • Students may apply no more than 51 hours in the major (BA) or 57 hours in the major (BS)