Journalism (B.A.)

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Communication and Philosophy
(239) 590-7196

2019-2020 Catalog Year

The B.A. in Journalism prepares students to report, edit, and present high-quality journalism for a variety of platforms.  It emphasizes clear writing, factual accuracy, critical thinking, ethical and legal principles, social consciousness, technological skill, and practical, hands-on reporting and editing experience.  Students will develop an awareness of the role of journalism in a democratic society and think critically about emerging issues in journalism and mass media.

Program Progression and Additional Graduation Requirements

  • Attend an orientation session.
  • Sign an Advising Agreement document.

In addition to the program requirements, students must:

  • Complete a minimum of 120 credits.
  • Complete a minimum of 48 of the 120 credits at the upper division (3000 - 4999) level.
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all coursework attempted at FGCU.
  • Satisfy the College-Level Skills and foreign language entrance requirements.
  • Satisfy the Service Learning requirement. (See
  • Satisfy the residency requirement: thirty of the last sixty credits must be completed at FGCU.
  • Complete the summer course enrollment requirement.
  • Submit an Application for Graduation by the deadline listed in the FGCU Academic Calendar.
  • Satisfy Civic Literacy requirement.

Program Requirements

  1. FGCU General Education Program (
    To prevent or minimize excess hours, select general education courses that satisfy common prerequisite requirements for your intended major.

  2. Common Prerequisites
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course.

    FGCU Course: ENC 1101 Composition I (3)
    Acceptable Substitute: ENCX101

    FGCU Course: ENC 1102 Composition II (3)
    Acceptable Substitute: ENCX102

    FGCU Course: MMC 2604 News Literacy (3)
    Acceptable Substitute: MMC X540 or MMC XXXX

    In addition to the common prerequisites, FGCU strongly recommends students take courses with the following prefixes as part of their lower-division requirements or electives: AMH, AML, CRW, ECO, ENL, LIT, POS, SYG, or Public Speaking (SPC 2023).  FGCU also recommends students pursuing a major in Journalism take at least two semesters of foreign language.

  3. Required Courses in the Major (40 credits)
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course.

    DIG 3145 News Production (3)
    IDS 3143 Issues in Science & Technology (3)
    IDS 3300 Foundations of Civic Engagement (3)
    IDS 3332 Issues in Culture & Society (3)
    JOU 2100 Journalistic Writing (3)
    JOU 3201 News Editing (3)
    JOU 4110 Journalistic Fact Finding (3)
    JOU 4950 Senior Capstone: Journalism (3)
    MMC 3020 Grammar (1)
    MMC 3104 Writing for a Mass Audience (3)
    MMC 3125 News Reporting and Writing (3)
    MMC 4211 Media Law and Ethics (3)
    RTV 3301 Audio and Video Journalism (3)
    VIC 3002 Visual Storytelling (3)

  4. Restricted Electives in the Major (9 credits)
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course.

    Select 9 credits from the following:
    JOU 3601 Photojournalism (3)
    JOU 4901 Directed Independent Study (1-3)*
    JOU 4930 Special Topics in Journalism (3) [May be repeated as needed with change of topic]
    JOU 4940 Internship (3) [May be repeated once, with a maximum of six credits earned]

    *A maximum number of 3 credits combined from this course can be used to fulfill the elective requirement.  Course must be approved by the instructor.

  5. University Requirements (3 credits)
    IDS 3920 University Colloquium (3)

  6. Additional Electives - as needed to reach total credits required for the degree


The information contained in this catalog excerpt is intended for informational purposes only. Every effort is made to provide this information as accurately as possible at the time of publication; however, the university reserves the right to revise any section or part without notice or obligation.
Printed on: 4/5/2020.