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Journalism B. A. Program

Journalism B. A. Program

Learning Outcomes


Academic Learning Compact

Consistent with its mission and guiding principles, Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to academic excellence and continuous quality improvement, as supported by a sound teaching-learning process. Within this process, students and instructors share responsibility for learning that is a movement from the simple to the complex, the concrete to the abstract, and the dependent to the independent. The Academic Learning Compact (ALC) initiative supports the teaching-learning process by clearly identifying expectations, aligning curricula with expectations, and using assessment to guide continuous improvement.

Content/Discipline Knowledge and Skills
Graduates will be able to:

  1. Develop and present high-quality journalistic material in a variety of formats, including text, audio, video, still photography and Internet-based technologies—and in a combination of these formats.
  2. Apply ethical and legal journalistic principles to the practice of journalism.

Assessment of Content/Discipline Knowledge and Skills

These skills are assessed through projects completed in JOU 4347 (Senior Capstone: Journalism); and through papers, exams, presentations and projects completed in MMC 4211 (Media Law and Ethics).

Communication Skills
Graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a strong ability to report, write, produce and edit journalistic material on deadline
  2. Employ the conventions of standard grammar, spelling, punctuation and AP style.

Assessment of Communication Skills

Communication skills are assessed through news stories and assignments and projects completed in MMC 3125 (News Reporting and Writing). Conventions of grammar, spelling and punctuation are assessed by the grammar exam in MMC 3020 (Grammar).

Critical Thinking Skills
Graduates will be able to:

  1. Comprehend, interpret and critique media coverage of local, national and international issues.
  2. Identify assumptions and underlying relationships.
  3. Synthesize information, and draw reasoned inferences.

Assessment of Critical Thinking Skills

Critical thinking skills are assessed through presentations and essays completed in MMC 2604 (News Literacy).