BA in Journalism

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program in Journalism prepares adults for career change, advancement or graduate education, while providing personal enrichment. The program focuses on experiences in journalistic theory, technique and practice and enables students to develop a broad general knowledge of the traditional liberal arts disciplines while developing a greater depth of knowledge in journalism.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply the theory and principles of human communication
  • Communicate effectively using critical thinking and organization in the presentation of  journalistic media
  • Recognize the impact of journalism practitioners on society
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the and ethical responsibilities inherent in journalistic theory and technology

BA in Journalism Credit Distribution

Subject Category Credits
I. General Education Requirements 60
A. Intellectual and Practical Skills 15
  • English Composition I (ENC-101)
  • English Composition II (ENC-102)
  • College-Level Math Course
  • Electives in Intellectual and Practical Skills
B. Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World 18
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences or Interdisciplinary
C. Personal and Social Responsibility 9
  • Diversity/Global Literacy
  • Responsible Ethical Leadership
  • Other Ethics or Diversity Course
D. General Education Electives 18
II. Area of Study: Journalism 33
A. Required Courses 27
  • Law and Ethics of Journalism
  • Communications Law
Four theory courses/exams (12 credits) such as:  
  • Basic Issues in the News
  • Communication Theory
  • History of American Journalism
  • Introduction to Mass Communications
  • Mass Media and Society
  • Public Relations Theory
  • Theories of Persuasion
Four skills courses/exams (12 credits) such as:  
  • Broadcast News Writing
  • Copy Editing
  • Feature Writing
  • Graphic Design for Print
  • Investigative Reporting
  • Magazine Article Writing
  • News Reporting I and II
  • Public Affairs Reporting
    B. Capstone 3
  • LIB-495 Liberal Arts Capstone
C. Journalism Electives*
  • Editorial and Column Writing
  • Government Sources for Journalists
  • Internship in Journalism
  • Introduction to Advertising (required to be taught from a department related to journalism)
  • Photojournalism
  • Problems in Contemporary Journalism
  • Public Information and Public Affairs
  • Publication Layout and Design
  • Reporting Urban - Metropolitan Affairs
  • Seminar in Journalism
  • Special Journalistic Writing
  • Technical Writing
  • The American Magazine
  • Any courses/exams listed under REQUIRED COURSES in the theory area and skills area over and above the required eight courses.
D. Requirements  
  • Courses transferred to Thomas Edison State College are equated to the following levels: 100, 200, 300 or 400. A minimum of 18 credits equating to 300 or 400 are required.
III. Free Electives 27
Total 120


*This list is a guide. Other journalism courses may be appropriate for this area of study.

Note: Students planning to do graduate work in journalism should include a research course such as Senior Seminar in Journalism in the area of study.

Transfer Your Credit

Have you attended college before? If so, you may be able to transfer credits earned at other regionally accredited colleges or universities. The College also offers a variety of other ways to earn credit - all designed around the needs of adult learners, like you.

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