Communications: Journalism

Communications: Journalism
Hours43 Credit Hours
LEPLimited Enrollment Program of 200 Students.
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Program Requirements

All students must take a campus writing course before applying for admission to the major. The following writing course fills this requirement and satisfies the GE First-Year Writing requirement: WRTG 150. AP credit does not fulfill this requirement. Note: Students must receive a B grade or better to be eligible to apply for admission to the program.
requirement 1 Complete 3 courses
Note: Students must receive a B grade or better in each course to be eligible to apply to the program.
requirement 2 Complete 2 courses
Complete the following: (Comms 300 and Comms 304 may be taken during the semester in which students apply for admission to the major.)
requirement 3 Complete 1 course
After admission to the major, complete the following:
requirement 4 Complete 1 option
requirement 7 Complete 1 course
Note: Journalism majors will need to complete Comms 313 prior to enrolling in Comms 365.
requirement 10 Complete 4.0 hours from the following course(s)
After consulting with an advisor, complete an internship in conjunction with 4 hours of the following: Note: A C- grade or better in the following prerequisite courses must be achieved before the internship experience: Comms 308; Comms 321 or 325; Comms 384, 385, 386, or 365.
requirement 11
Complete a minimum of 72 hours in courses outside of the department while meeting BYU's University Core requirements.
Program Outcomes: 


Students will write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the communications professions, audiences and purposes they serve.


Students will critically evaluate their own work and that of others for accuracy and fairness, clarity, appropriate style and grammatical correctness.

Numerical skills

Students will apply basic numerical and statistical concepts


Students will apply tools and technologies appropriate for the communications professions in which they work.


Students will conduct research and evaluate information by methods apprropriate to the communications professions in which they work.

Freedom of speech

Students will understand and apply the principles and laws of freedom of speech and the press, for the right to dissent, to monitor and criticize power, and to assemble and petition for redress of grievances.


Students will demonstrate an understanding of professional ethical principles and work ethically in pursuit of truth, accuracy, fairness, and diversity.


Students will understand concepts and apply theories in the use and presentation of images and information.


Students will demonstrate an understanding of the history and role of professionals and institutions in shaping communications.

Critical thinking

Students will think critically, creatively and independently.

Domestic diversity

Students will demonstrate an understanding of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and, as appropriate, other forms of diversity in domestic society in relation to mass communication.

International diversity

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of peoples and cultures and of the significance and impact of mass communications in a global society.