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 or Strategic Communication. 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. In conjunction with 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 at least one of the following sequences below.

(Students who enrolled before the fall 2010 semester are encouraged but not required to switch to the multimedia journalism concentration. Students who enrolled before the fall 2011 semester are encouraged but not required to switch to the strategic communication concentration. For those students only, please visit with the C&J adviser.)

Advisement and Program Information

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

Major Study Requirements

Students must choose from one of two concentrations: Multimedia Journalism or Strategic Communication. A major requires 36 hours of course work which include 15 hours in core courses listed below, 12 hours in the selected emphasis area, and 9 hours of C&J electives from the list below or from courses from another concentration with C&J adviser approval. STAT 145 — Introduction to Statistics is the required Math course for this major and will also apply to A&S Math core and group requirements. A 2.5 grade point average is required for admission into the program.

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, C&J 278 or C&J 387, C&J 269 or C&J 268, C&J 466 and 9 hours of C&J electives.

Other Requirements

  • You must take C&J 171 before you take concentration courses.
  • You may continue taking core courses other than C&J 171 as you take courses in a concentration, and you may take electives at the same time you are taking required 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."
  • Majors must take nine hours of approved C&J electives (see "Electives" section below).

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 2010)

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 core) for Multimedia Journalism concentration

  • C&J 278 - Writing and Editing for Multimedia Journalism (171 is prerequisite)
  • C&J 360 - Broadcast News I (278 and 269 are prerequisites)
  • C&J 375 - Intermediate Reporting (278 is prerequisite)
  • C&J 475 - Advanced Multimedia Journalism (360 and 375 are prerequisites)

Requirements (in addition to core) for Strategic Communication concentration

  • C&J 387 - Introduction to Strategic Communication
  • C&J 388 - Strategic Planning and Positioning (171 and 387 are prerequisites)
  • C&J 389 - Creative Concepts (171 and 387 are prerequisites)
  • C&J 488 - Strategic Communication Campaigns (388 and 389 are prerequisites)

Elective Courses

In addition to the required courses listed below, the department also offers the following electives:

Other General Requirements

  • 72 or more semester hours in courses outside the department.
  • 65 semester hours in the basic liberal arts and sciences.
  • 2.5 grade point average for all course work in the major.

Course Descriptions

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