UNT Undergraduate Catalog
Department of Journalism

Main Departmental Office
General Academic Building, 102
P.O. Box 305280
Denton, TX 76203-5280
(940) 565-2205
Fax: (940) 565-2370

Web site: www.jour.unt.edu

Richard H. Wells, Chair

Faculty

Professors Busby, Wells, Westmoreland. Associate Professors Albright, Kim, Land. Assistant Professors Broyles, Carstarphen, Lambiase, Owens, Reichert, Zavoina. Journalist in Residence Shelton.

Introduction

Journalism concentrations prepare students to work in the fields of reporting, editing, design and photography on newspapers; reporting and editing news for radio and television stations; staff and freelance writing for magazines; advertising in agencies, profit and nonprofit organizations, and media; public relations in agencies, and profit and nonprofit organizations; business journalism; teaching in secondary schools; and desktop publishing.

Programs also are designed to educate students broadly; to develop their abilities to analyze, evaluate and inform; and to consider the ethical implications of mass communication and its impact in today's world.

All journalism concentrations except advertising require completion of two courses of work as beat reporters on The North Texas Daily, the campus newspaper. Students in the broadcast news concentration take one course in broadcast news writing and have the opportunity to work at KNTU, the campus radio station, and in the campus television studio. Students in the advertising concentration must complete one course of reporting and one of advanced advertising copywriting.

Practicums and internships provide additional experience in mass media, advertising and public relations agencies, and corporate offices and media sales in the Dallas­Fort Worth Metroplex and elsewhere in the state and nation.

Keyboard Ability Requirement

Upon enrollment in JOUR 2310, Newspaper Reporting and Writing, a student must submit evidence of proficiency in keyboard ability. This may be in the form of a certificate of completion of a typing test indicating at least 35 wpm from an accredited public school or college or from a journalism department typing examination to be scheduled once each fall and spring semester, and summer term.

Programs of Study

The department offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the following areas:

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science

A student majoring in journalism may earn either the BA or BS degree, each requiring a minimum of 128 semester hours. General requirements for the BA are given in the College of Arts and Sciences section and under "University Core Curriculum Requirements" in the Academics section of this catalog. General requirements for the BS are the same, including the arts and sciences core; however, some alternative courses are available for some of the core requirements.

For the BS degree, a concentration in a field outside journalism may be fulfilled in one of two ways: (1) two 18-hour concentrations, each including at least 6 advanced hours; or (2) one 30-hour concentration, including at least 18 advanced hours, with courses approved in advance by the Department of Journalism. All BS students must take MATH 1680 rather than MATH 1600 or 1650.

The University Core Curriculum competence requirement in oral communication is met by the 33-hour major in journalism.

Major in Journalism

The major in journalism requires at least 33 hours in journalism, including JOUR 1210 and 2310. No more than 38 hours of journalism or radio/television/film courses may be included in the major or counted toward the 128-hour degree. Because JOUR 1210, Survey of Mass Communication, may be used to fulfill a requirement in the University Core Curriculum, it is not counted in the 38-hour limit.

A grade of C or higher is required for all journalism courses to be applied toward these degree requirements.

No more than 12 semester hours of journalism credit will be accepted from a transfer student who is entering as a first-semester junior. For students transferring with 75 semester hours of credit or more, a maximum of 18 transfer journalism hours will be accepted for credit toward the bachelor's degree. Transfer students who minor in journalism must complete a minimum of 6 advanced hours at UNT; courses must be approved by a journalism adviser. A grade of C or higher is required for all journalism courses being transferred for degree credit, and all journalism transfer courses must be approved by the department.

JOUR 1210 normally is taken in the freshman year as a general background course. Students do not begin practical training in reporting until the sophomore year, following completion of freshman-level English.

Students must complete 12-14 hours of basic journalism courses as specified for their concentration with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 before enrolling in any other journalism courses. An advisory sheet for a degree plan cannot be prepared until at least 6 hours of the basic journalism course requirements have been completed. Enrollment in courses beyond the basic 12 hours will not be permitted until a degree plan is filed. Since JOUR 2310 is required of all journalism majors, it is the responsibility of each student to take this course as soon as possible, whether in a long semester or summer session.

The various concentrations each require the following basic journalism courses.

Before the end of the sophomore year, students should select one of the concentrations offered and complete a degree advisory sheet in the journalism department office. Courses in the minor field for the Bachelor of Arts degree and for the fields of concentration for the Bachelor of Science degree must be approved in advance by the student's journalism adviser and the department chair. The advisory sheet is used by the College of Arts and Sciences office to prepare the student's official degree plan.

To graduate, seniors must successfully complete the seminar titled Conducting the Career Search. This seminar must be completed during the semester preceding the semester in which the student plans to graduate.

In addition to the general degree requirements given in the College of Arts and Sciences section of this catalog, students majoring in journalism must fulfill the requirements of one of the following concentrations.

Major in Journalism

Following is one suggested four-year degree plan. Students are encouraged to see their adviser each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment.

BA with a Major in Journalism
Advertising Concentration (.pdf)

BA with a Major in Journalism
Advertising Concentration (HTML)

Major in Journalism

Following is one suggested four-year degree plan. Students are encouraged to see their adviser each semester for help
with program decisions and enrollment.

BS with a Major in Journalism
Advertising Concentration (.pdf)

BS with a Major in Journalism
Advertising Concentration (HTML)

Major in Journalism

Following is one suggested four-year degree plan. Students are encouraged to see their adviser each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment.

BA with a Major in Journalism
Broadcast News Concentration (.pdf)

BA with a Major in Journalism
Broadcast News Concentration (HTML)

Major in Journalism

Following is one suggested four-year degree plan. Students are encouraged to see their adviser each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment.

BS with a Major in Journalism
Broadcast News Concentration (.pdf)

BS with a Major in Journalism
Broadcast News Concentration (HTML)

Major in Journalism

Following is one suggested four-year degree plan. Students are encouraged to see their adviser each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment.

BS with a Major in Journalism
Business Journalism Concentration(.pdf)

BS with a Major in Journalism
Business Journalism Concentration(HTML)

Major in Journalism

Following is one suggested four-year degree plan. Students are encouraged to see their adviser each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment.

BA with a Major in Journalism
News Writing - Editorial Concentration (.pdf)

BA with a Major in Journalism
News Writing - Editorial Concentration (HTML)

Major in Journalism

Following is one suggested four-year degree plan. Students are encouraged to see their adviser each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment.

BS with a Major in Journalism
News Writing - Editorial Concentration (.pdf)

BS with a Major in Journalism
News Writing - Editorial Concentration (HTML)

Major in Journalism

Following is one suggested four-year degree plan. Students are encouraged to see their adviser each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment.

BA with a Major in Journalism
Photojournalism Concentration (.pdf)

BA with a Major in Journalism
Photojournalism Concentration (HTML)

Major in Journalism

Following is one suggested four-year degree plan. Students are encouraged to see their adviser each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment.

BS with a Major in Journalism
Photojournalism Concentration (.pdf)

BS with a Major in Journalism
Photojournalism Concentration (HTML)

Major in Journalism

Following is one suggested four-year degree plan. Students are encouraged to see their adviser each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment.

BA with a Major in Journalism
Public Relations Concentration (.pdf)

BA with a Major in Journalism
Public Relations Concentration (HTML)

Major in Journalism

Following is one suggested four-year degree plan. Students are encouraged to see their adviser each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment.

BS with a Major in Journalism
Public Relations Concentration (.pdf)

BS with a Major in Journalism
Public Relations Concentration (HTML)

Minor in Journalism

Students who are not majoring in journalism may minor in journalism. A minor requires 18 hours including 6 advanced hours. The minor program must be chosen in conference with the journalism department.

Students who are majoring in communication design (School of Visual Arts) and minoring in advertising (Department of Journalism) must take JOUR 2010, 2020 and 3010, and three courses from 4040, 4050, 4055, 4060 and 4070.

Recommended electives for students who are not majoring or minoring in journalism are JOUR 1210, 2010, 2700, 4210, 4310, 4321, 4420, 4620 and 4820.

Teacher Certification

Students who expect to teach journalism in secondary schools must earn a journalism degree and must complete the requirements of the state of Texas for teacher certification as listed by the Department of Teacher Education and Administration in the College of Education section.

Graduate Degrees

The department offers degree programs leading to the Master of Arts and Master of Journalism. For information, consult the Graduate Catalog and confer with the journalism graduate studies director.

Courses of Instruction

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