School of Communication & Media

Programs / B.S. in Journalism and Emerging Media

Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Emerging Media

This new major is offered starting in the fall 2016 semester.

Whether you are navigating the media-rich culture as a critical thinker, learning to write and produce news and feature stories as a journalist or are gaining hands-on experience in digital video and audio as a social media expert, Kennesaw State's Journalism and Emerging Media program offers endless possibilities.

Learn the latest industry trends from faculty members who are award-winning professionals, including reporters, editors and international correspondents at the Associated Press, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, CNN, NPR, commercial radio stations and various newspapers.

The Journalism and Emerging Media major offers a professionally-focused, marketplace-relevant, and theoretically-rigorous program. It includes courses in news writing, media law, digital media production, sports reporting, investigative reporting, and community-based capstone experience. It encourages students to enroll in a for-credit internship.

Additional info can be found at: journalism.hss.kennesaw.edu

 

To be eligible to apply to a major in Journalism and Emerging Media, students must meet the following criteria:

* Meet the School of Communication & Media (SOCM) Sophomore GPA Requirement. This Sophomore GPA requirement consists of combined adjusted 2.75 GPA in the following five courses:

  • COM 2020
  • COM 2033
  • COM 2129
  • COM 2135
  • COM 2230

* Pass the SOCM Entrance Exam with a score of 70% or highter. Students who fail to pass the grammar test in three attempts must pursue majors in other departments.

*All communication majors must earn a grade of “C”¬†or better in all communication courses counted toward their degree.

Program Requirements

General Education - 42 hours

See listing of requirements.

Lower Division Major Requirements (Area F) - 18 Credit Hours

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • COM 2020
    CSI: Communication Sources and Investigations
    3
  • COM 2033
    Visual Communication
    3
  • COM 2129
    Public Speaking
    3
  • COM 2135
    Writing for Public Communication
    3
  • COM 2230
    Introduction to Mass Communication
    3
  • ICT 2101
    Computers and Your World
    3
    This is the 1st of 4 consecutive courses Journalism majors must take to graduate

  • Upper Division Major Requirements - 21 Credit Hours

    • Course
      Title
      Credits
    • JOUR 3330
      News Reporting and Writing
      3
    • JOUR 3340
      Digital Media Production
      3
    • JOUR 4420
      Advanced Media Writing
      3
    • JOUR 4470
      Media Law
      3
    • JOUR 4488
      Multi-Media Visions of Community (Capstone)
      3
    • COM 3435
      Communication Research Methods
      3
    • COM 4480
      Communication Theory
      3

    Advanced Digital Journalism - 3 Credit Hours; choose 1 course

    • Course
      Title
      Credits
    • JOUR 3360
      Photojournalism
      3
    • JOUR 4445
      Advanced Digital Audio Production
      3
    • JOUR 4450
      Video News Production
      3
    • Advanced Journalism Writing - 3 Credit Hours; choose 1 course

      • Course
        Title
        Credits
      • JOUR 4410
        Investigative Reporting
        3
      • JOUR 4300
        Topics in Journalism
        3
      • JOUR 4412
        Sports Reporting
        3
      • Advanced Journalism Professional Practice - 3 Credit Hours; choose 1 course

        • Course
          Title
          Credits
        • COM 3350
          Editing for Today's Media
          3
        • JOUR 3395
          Journalism Study Tour
          3
        • COM 3398
          Internship in Communication
          3
        • PR 4605
          Magazine Media
          3

         

        SOCM Upper Division Electives - 6 Credit Hours; choose 2 courses

        Select courses not previously taken. The list below provides recommended electives for Journalism and Emerging Media majors. Please take into account any prerequisites required.

        • Course
          Title
          Credits
        • COM 3315
          Interviewing
          3
        • COM 3326
          Global Media Systems
          3
        • COM 3350
          Editing for Today's Media
          3
        • COM 3398
          Internship in Communication
          3
        • COM 4410
          Investigative Reporting
          3
        • COM 4424
          Uses and Effects of Mass Media
          3
        • COM 4425
          Gender, Race and Media
          3
        • COM 4430
          Media Management
          3
        • COM 4434
          Topics in Media Studies
          3
        • COM 4490
          Special Topics in Communication
          3
        • JOUR 3310
          Concepts in New Media
          3
        • JOUR 3360
          Photojournalism
          3
        • JOUR 4300
          Topics in Journalism
          3
        • JOUR 4412
          Sports Reporting
          3
        • JOUR 4445
          Advanced Digital Audio Production
          3
        • JOUR 4450
          Video News Production
          3
        • PR 4210
          Social Media for Strategic Communication
          3
        • PR 4405
          Digital Publication Design
          3
        • PR 4605
          Magazine Media
          3
        •  

          Related Studies (12 Credit Hours)

           

          Select 12 hours of upper division course work (3000-4000 level) outside of the School of Communication and Media (SOCM). These hours do not have to be taken in a single discipline, but should relate to a particular interest or career goal. Students should determine needed prerequisites. Completion of Formal Minor or Certificate Program would also satisfy the Related Studies requirement.


          Free Electives (12 Credit Hours)

          Any courses (1000-4000) in the university curriculum. Students must earn a grade of "D" or better.

          Program Total (123 Credit Hours)