Mass Communication and Journalism - Digital Journalism Option, B.A.



Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements

Mass Communication and Journalism Major

Majors must complete a minimum of 37 semester units of mass communication and journalism courses with a grade of C or better in each course. Each student will take 19 units of MCJ core courses and 18 units of courses in their selected option.

1. Major requirements
Major requirements (37 units)

2. General Education requirements(49 units)
It is recommended that students take MCJ courses as part of their GE package (MCJ 1 and MCJ 175 or MCJ 178)

3. Other requirements (6 units)
Upper-division writing and Multicultural and International (MI)
It is recommended that students take an MCJ course for their MI (MCJ 176 or MCJ 179)

4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)

5. Total (120 units)

* G.E. and MI courses can be double-counted with major requirements. The writing requirement may be met by taking the upper-division writing exam. See advisor for details.

Specializing within the major

Each MCJ major must select an option, which is an area of specialization within the major. The options are advertising and public relations, broadcast and multiplatform journalism, digital journalism, and film and media arts. The courses required for each option are listed under Major Requirements.

Advising Notes

In addition to the above requirements, MCJ majors must observe the following:

  1. MCJ majors are not permitted to enroll for CR/NC grading in MCJ courses applied to the major, except for courses that require such grading.
  2. Students must meet all university graduation requirements. This includes the Upper-Division Writing requirement, which may be met by taking MCJ 102W, a "W" course from another department, or the Upper-Division Writing Exam.


Major Requirements for the Degree

1. Major requirements (37 units)
Select one option

Digital Journalism

MCJ Core Courses: MCJ 2, 15, 40, 164, 171 and 199 (19 units)
MCJ Digital Journalism Option Courses: MCJ 102W and MCJ 104 (6 units)
Pick four from MCJ 17, 103, 107, 108, 109, 131, 174, 190 (12 units)


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