Journalism and Digital Media Major (B.A.)

120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA.

Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements42
World Languages and Cultures Requirements3-9
Major Requirements47
Free Electives28-22
Total Credits120

Major Requirements

Core Requirements
CMST 110Introduction to Communication and Media3
CMST 210Theorizing Communication and Media3
Major Requirements
JOUR 180Multimedia Toolkit4
JOUR 210Introduction to Journalism3
JOUR 249Media Ethics and Law3
JOUR 253News Videography3
JOUR 280Journalism for Television and Radio3
JOUR 341Multimedia Storytelling4
JOUR 480Advanced Journalism Seminar3
STCM 240Social Media Analytics3
Major Electives
Journalism Electives
Complete 6 credits from the Journalism Electives list below.6
Additional Electives
Complete 9 credits from any CMDA, CMST, FMTV, SPTC, or STCM courses in consultation with your advisor. See links to course lists below.9
Total Credits47

Journalism Electives

JOUR 216History of Journalism in America3
JOUR 219The Holocaust and the American Press: Before, During and After3
JOUR 222Podcast Production3
JOUR 232Modern Journalism1-3
JOUR 233Radio Production3
JOUR 245Media Performance Techniques3
JOUR 248Reportando las Noticias3
JOUR 265Brand Storytelling3
JOUR 279Web Design3
JOUR 281Introduction to Photojournalism3
JOUR 282New Jersey Local News3
JOUR 284The Entertainment Beat3
JOUR 288Special Topics in Journalism3
JOUR 290Montclair News Lab3
JOUR 300Issues in the Media3
JOUR 311Advanced News Reporting: Field Experience3
JOUR 313Editing3
JOUR 314Advanced Editing3
JOUR 315Magazine Journalism3
JOUR 316Reporting of Public Affairs3
JOUR 317Feature Writing3
JOUR 321Data-driven Investigative Journalism3
JOUR 341Multimedia Storytelling4
JOUR 351Political Broadcasting3
JOUR 388Experimental Journalism3
JOUR 416Finding Your Media Persona3
JOUR 488Media Entrepreneurship3

Additional Electives

CMDA Courses

CMST Courses

FMTV Courses

SPTC courses

STCM Courses

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
Complete a 1 credit New Student Seminar1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
3. Communication3
D. Fine and Performing Arts
Complete a 3 credit Fine and Performing Arts course.3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences3
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
G. Computer Science
Complete a 3 credit Computer Science course.3
H. Mathematics
Complete a 3 credit Mathematics course.3
I. Natural Science Laboratory
Complete a 4 credit Natural Science Laboratory course.4
J. Physical Education
Complete a 1 credit Physical Education course.1
K. Social Science
1. American and European History 3
2. Global Cultural Perspectives3
3. Social Science Perspectives 3
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Complete a 3 credit Interdisciplinary Studies course.3
Total Credits42

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

Click here for a list of courses that fulfill World Languages and Cultures categories.

World Languages
Based on language placement exam, complete one or two sequential courses in the same language.3-6
World Cultures
Requirement may be fulfilled by course selected in General Education - Social Science: Global Cultural Perspectives.0-3
Total Credits3-9

Recommended Roadmap to Degree Completion

This recommended four-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within four years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
GNED 199 New Student Seminar 1
CMST 101 Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement 3
CMST 110 Introduction to Communication and Media 3
JOUR 180 Multimedia Toolkit 4
GENERAL EDUCATION (G) Computer Science 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (K1) Social Science – American and European History 3
CMST 201 Fundamentals of Communication and Media Studies 3
JOUR 210 Introduction to Journalism 3
Second Year
World Language 1 3
JOUR 249 Media Ethics and Law 3
JOUR 253 News Videography 3
Major Elective 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (K2) Social Science – Global Cultural Perspectives 3
World Language 2 3
JOUR 280 Journalism for Television and Radio 3
Free Elective 3
Third Year
GENERAL EDUCATION (I) Natural Science Laboratory 4
GENERAL EDUCATION (J) Physical Education 1
JOUR 341 Multimedia Storytelling 4
STCM 240 Social Media Analytics 3
Major Elective 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (D) Fine and Performing Arts 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences 3
GENERAL EDUCATION (K3) Social Science – Social Science Perspectives 3
Major Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Fourth Year
GENERAL EDUCATION (L) Interdisciplinary Studies 3
JOUR 480 Advanced Journalism Seminar 3
Major Elective 3
Major Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 1
Major Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Total Credits120