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Journalism

Bachelor of Arts
School of Arts and Humanities

The Journalism major at Keene State College is dedicated to the investigation of the roles of the mass communications in contemporary society within a liberal arts perspective. The major has a strong journalism core with mass media options in News Media, Public Relations, and Multimedia.

The major provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the media and prepares them for careers in the field by enabling them to develop print, electronic media, visual media, social media, photojournalism, and public relations skills in an applied setting. The curriculum emphasizes the professional concepts and practices of press objectivity, fairness, accuracy, and freedom of the press, and public relations strategies as well as the development of analytical writing, research, production, and presentation skills.

The curriculum covers the skill areas of journalistic writing, editing, electronic journalism, news production and public relations writing. It includes at least 40 credit hours of study within Journalism. A grade C or higher must be earned in each Journalism course or Journalism course substitution counted toward the major.

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT

Each student must demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English as specified by the Language Requirement for Students with Majors in the School of Arts and Humanities.

INTEGRATIVE STUDIES REQUIREMENTS

40 credits minimum

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

40 credits

Core

16 credits

IHJRN 101 Media & Society
JRN 130 Writing for the Media
JRN 155 Digital Journalism
JRN 323 Journalism Law and Ethics

Students must choose one of the following three options: 

News Media Option

24 credits

  • JRN 230 Print Journalism
  • JRN 235 Broadcast Journalism
  • JRN 280 Media Production (2 credits)
  • JRN 281 Television Production (2 credits)

Choose 8 credits from the following:

  • JRN 330 Public Affairs Reporting
  • JRN 335 Television Journalism
  • JRN 430 Feature Writing
  • JRN 435 Community Television News

Elective - Choose 4 credits from the following:

  • IIJRN 268 Environmental Issues and the Media
  • JRN 356 Media Practicum
  • JRN 311 Mass Media History and Theory
  • JRN 330 Public Affairs Reporting
  • JRN 335 Television Journalism
  • JRN 345 Radio Journalism
  • JRN 355 Multimedia Journalism
  • JRN 365 Photojournalism
  • JRN 380 Internship
  • JRN 430 Feature Writing
  • JRN 435 Community Television News
  • JRN 467 Specialized Journalism
  • JRN 498 Independent Study

Public Relations Option

24 credits

JRN 230 Print Journalism
JRN 280 Media Production and JRN 281 Television Production (2 credits each) OR JRN 380 Internship (4 credits)
JRN 276 Intro to Public Relations
JRN 355 Multimedia OR JRN 365 Photojournalism
JRN 376 Public Relations Practice

Elective - Choose 4 credits from the following:

  • JRN 235 Broadcast Journalism
  • IIJRN 268 Environmental Issues and the Media
  • JRN 311 Mass Media History and Theory
  • JRN 330 Public Affairs Reporting
  • JRN 335 Television Journalism
  • JRN 355 Multimedia Journalism
  • JRN 356 Media Practicum
  • JRN 365 Photojournalism
  • JRN 380 Internship
  • JRN 430 Feature Writing
  • JRN 435 Community Television News
  • JRN 467 Specialized Journalism
  • JRN 498 Independent Study

Multimedia Journalism Option

24 credits

  • JRN 235 Broadcast Journalism
  • JRN 335 Television Journalism OR JRN 435 Community Television News
  • JRN 355 Multimedia Journalism
  • JRN 365 Photojournalism
  • JRN 345 Radio Journalism

Elective - Choose 4 credits from the following:

  • JRN 230 Print Journalism
  • IIJRN 268 Environmental Issues and the Media
  • JRN 280 Media Production and JRN 281 Television Production (2 credits each)
  • JRN 356 Media Practicum
  • JRN 311 Mass Media History and Theory
  • JRN 330 Public Affiars Reporting
  • JRN 335 Television Journalism
  • JRN 380 Internship
  • JRN 430 Feature Writing
  • JRN 435 Community Television News
  • JRN 467 Specialized Journalism
  • JRN 498 Independent Study

ELECTIVES

Select courses to reach a total of 120 credits for the degree.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

120 credits