Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism & Mass Communication

The Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of New Mexico offers a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Journalism & Mass Communication through the College of Arts and Sciences with concentrations in either Multimedia Journalism, Strategic Communication, or Digital Field Multimedia.  Our Multimedia Journalism concentration combines print, broadcasting and online journalism and helps to prepare students for a variety of careers and positions with media companies. Our Strategic Communication concentration helps to prepare students for a variety of careers in advertising and public relations fields.  The Digital Field Multimedia concentration allows students to use the tools of digital media in the fields of broadcast. With the IFDM core courses, students will develop technical and creative skills while utilizing digital media technology.

Course work is dependent on the concentration of which you choose.

Specializing in one of these areas, each major is required to take at least one course in writing for the media, along with courses that explore ethics and multimedia and visual communication. Students must complete the following sequences below.

As of Fall 2017 the Strategic Communication Concentration degree structure has changed. Please refer to your LoboTrax Degree Audit for your catalog year and degree details.

Advisement and Program Information

Program Advisement:
Nicole Lovato or Victoria Lobato, C&J academic advisors
(277-5305, cjadvise@unm.edu)

Major Study Requirements

Students must choose from one of three concentrations: Multimedia Journalism or Strategic Communication or Digital Field Multimedia

-Students majoring in Multimedia Journalism will be required to take 15 hours of Journalism Core courses, 12 hours of Multimedia Concentration classes, and 9 hours of specific Journalism electives (as listed on your Audit). These students will be required to choose a minor; see catalog.unm.edu for available options.

-Student majoring in Strategic Communication concentration will be required to take 15 hours of Journalism Core courses, 21 hours of courses of Strategic Communication courses, and 9 hours from specific electives. No minor is necessary for this concentration.  (This pertains to catalog years 201780 to present.)

-Students majoring in Digital Field Multimedia concentration will be required to take 24 hours of coursework in Journalism which are specified and 29 hours of classes within IFDM which are again specified and must be taken in sequence.  No minor is necessary for this concentration. This concentration also requires application and acceptance through the IFDM program.

STAT 145 is the required Math course for all Journalism majors and will also apply to the UNM Core Curriculum. A 2.5 grade point average is required for admission to and graduation from the department.

Minor Study Requirements

Students who declare a minor in Journalism must take 21 credit hours of C&J department courses, which must include the following:

C&J 171 - Intro to Media Writing,

C&J 278 or C&J 387

C&J 269 or C&J 268

C&J 466

21-hours total 

Please note Stat 145 is required for Journalism minors.

Other Requirements

  • You must take C&J 171 and Stat 145 before moving forward with Journalism courses.
  • You may take CJ electives at the same time you are taking required CJ courses.
  • Students must have a 2.5 grade point average for all course work in the major. You must have a grade of "C" or better in all departmental courses. A "C-" does not count as a "C."
  • Electives are specific and listed in your LoboTrax Degree Audit

Independent Studies

C&J policy prohibits students from using Independent Studies as a substitute for a required course.

Core Requirements for Journalism & Mass Communication Majors

(As of Fall 2017)

Core Courses — 15 hours
The following required course must be taken prior to concentration:

  • C&J 171 - Writing for the Mass Media I

The following can be taken in conjunction with concentration courses:

  • C&J 269 - Multimedia and Visual Communication (171 is prerequisite)
  • C&J 365 - History of Media
  • C&J 466 - Media Ethics and Law
  • C&J 478 - Media Theory and Research

Requirements (in addition to Journalism core) for Multimedia Journalism concentration

  • C&J 278 - Writing and Editing for Multimedia Journalism
  • C&J 360 - Broadcast News I
  • C&J 375 - Intermediate Reporting
  • C&J 475 - Advanced Multimedia Journalism
  • +9 hours of Journalism electives as specified by the Audit in accordance with Catalog year.
  • +a minor (see catalog.unm.edu, under College of Arts and Sciences for options)

Requirements (in addition to Journalism core) for Strategic Communication concentration (please note this is for catalog years 201780 to present)

Strategic Communication concentration classes: (21 hours)

  • C&J 327 Persuasive Communications
  • C&J 374 Design and Visual Presentation 1
  • C&J 387 Introduction to Strategic Communication
  • C&J 389 Creative Concepts
  • C&J 390 Strategic Writing
  • C&J 391 Strategic Social Media
  • C&J 488 Strategic Planning and Campaign

Journalism Electives: (9 hours)

  • C&J 278 Writing and Editing for Multimedia Journalism
  • C&J 279 Web Design
  • C&J 332 Business and Professional Speaking
  • C&J 340 Organizational Communications
  • C&J 361 Photojournalism
  • C&J 492 Internship

(no minor necessary)

Requirements (in addition to Journalism Core) for Digital Field Multimedia concentration

  • CS 105L- Intro to Computer Programming 3 credits
  • IFDM 205- Studio 1: Activating Digital Space 23 credits
  • IFDM 201- Introduction to Modeling and Postproduction 3 credits
  • IFDM 300- Critical Intermediations 3 credits
  • IFDM301- Studio 2: Writing Digital Narrative 3 credits
  • IFDM 400- Ethics, Science, and Technology 3 credits, taken with IFDM450
  • IFDM 410- Business and Law in Film and New Mexico 3 credits, taken with IFDM 451
  • IFDM 450- Capstone 1, 4 credits
  • IFDM 451- Capstone 2, 4 credits

(no minor necessary)

Other General Requirements

  • 72 or more semester hours in courses outside the department.
  • 65 semester hours in the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • 2.5 grade point average for all course work in the major.

Course Descriptions

Click here for details on all undergraduate courses offered through the Department of Communication and Journalism.