Bachelor of Arts Degree
English & Comparative Literature
Arts and Sciences
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What Is Journalism ?
Journalism is both an interdisciplinary field and a distinct knowledge base for the critical study of media and related issues, and the development of writing, editing and observational skills in a liberal arts curriculum. An intellectual review of traditional disciplines and their biases is intrinsic to journalism studies. As such, journalism teaches critical thinking on two different levels: by questioning the view from the center (theories, methods and practices) in any given field or endeavor, and by evaluating and clearly and publicly expressing these views and concerns to either specific or mass public audiences.
Successful journalists are curious about people, cultures and science, about how political and economic systems work and do not work. They are critical thinkers who know how to observe, listen and ask questions. They are skilled writers, editors and visual communicators. The foundation for a successful career in journalism is a strong liberal arts education.
Graduates with a B.A. in journalism from UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) are prepared for many different career options:
- Editor for magazines, newspapers and the electronic media
- Corporate writers
- Public relations
Additional career options are listed on the Career Development Center's Web site.
Majors take courses in journalism, literature and writing as well as courses from other A&S departments and other colleges within the university including electronic media (CCM) and communication (A&S). The major also requires a minor in another academic discipline.
To graduate, all journalism majors must complete two internships. The journalism internship program boasts a solid placement record. Unique internship opportunities have been offered for more than 35 years.
In addition to completing the courses and internships required for journalism, all majors must complete a minor or other type of program approved by the undergraduate program director. Students might elect to minor in English, a foreign language, business, information technology (offered by the College of Engineering and Applied Science), political science or many others. Other students opt to complete a double major instead of a minor.
There is no minor in journalism; a certificate is offered in its place. The writing certificate in journalism is designed for students who wish to pursue careers in reporting, news writing, magazine writing, copy editing or publishing, and for those students who wish to apply skills learned in journalism to work in other fields, such as public relations and corporate communications.
In addition to the writing seminars and internship, which should be taken during the senior year, there are 12 hours of journalism courses required for the journalism writing certificate. Details on the seminar and courses, along with a recommended schedule for when they should be taken, are available on the English department Web site (www.artsci.uc.edu/english/).
This curriculum information is intended as a general information guide for students considering enrollment in this major. These online tools are designed to assist you, but are not a substitute for planning with an academic or faculty advisor.
If you are currently enrolled at UC, you can audit your degree online. If you are considering transferring to this major from another school use the course applicability system (CAS) to see how credits you have earned will apply to this major at UC. For course descriptions by college, click here.
This is a suggested plan to complete the program in four years. Students will take required courses at different times depending upon their choice of options and the combination of the major with a minor or other program.
|First Year||Course Number||Credits|
|*English Composition||ENGL 101, 102||3|
|*Quantitative Reasoning (QR)||see checklist||9|
|*Foreign Language||see checklist||9-15|
|Introduction to Journalism||JOUR 214||3|
|*Historical Perspectives (HP)||see offerings||9|
|*Social Sciences (SS)||see offerings||3|
|Free electives (recommended to count in a minor or other program)||see options||0-6|
|Total for first year||45|
|Second Year||Course Number||Credits|
|*Intermediate Composition||ENGL 289||3|
|*Foreign Language (if necessary)||see checklist||0-9|
|News Writing and Reporting||JOUR 215||3|
|Journalism Law and Ethics||JOUR 304||3|
|Toolbox Course||see major checklist||3|
|200 or Above Level English Department Literature Courses||ENGL, ENGC, ENGB 200+||6|
|*Humanities (HU)||see offerings||3|
|*Natural Sciences (NS)||see offerings||9|
|*Social Sciences (SS)||see offerings||6|
|Free electives (recommended to count in a minor or other program)||see options||0-9|
|Total for second year||45|
|Third & Fourth Years||Course Number||Credits|
|Advanced Reporting||JOUR 421, 422, or 423||3|
|Two Journalism Internships||JOUR 499, 500, or 501||6|
|Journalism Track Requirements & Electives||see major checklist||21|
|Capstone Seminars for Chosen Track||see major checklist||6|
|*Humanities, or Fine Arts (HU, or FA)||see offerings||3|
|*Social & Ethical Issues (if not already taken, SE)||see offerings||3|
|Free electives (recommended to count in a minor or other program)||see options||48|
|Total for third & fourth years||90|
|Total overall||Minimum 180|
*Needed to fulfill A&S college requirements.
Note: Students must have a "C-" or better in a journalism course for it to count toward their major.
Students in McMicken College of Arts and Sciences enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, tri-state location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.
A unique characteristic of the journalism program is the University’s urban environment. The city and neighborhoods become the classroom. The judicial, legislative and executive branches of government are available for real-life reporting experiences. Student journalists can readily cover business, industry, education, medicine, college/professional athletics and the arts in a metropolitan area. UC journalism majors are in a top media market where internships are readily available and from where a pool of qualified journalists and editors serve as adjuncts and guest faculty.
Admission criteria for this program vary based on the relative strength of test scores, class rank and GPA. Please see the Freshman Class Profile for this major in the Quick Facts sidebar on this page for the range of academic credentials typically accepted into this program. Test scores in the lower range may be acceptable with higher class rank and/or GPA. Freshmen applying to this program should also have completed the following state of Ohio articulation requirements with no more than two units missing:
- English (4 units)*
- College-preparatory mathematics (3 units)*
- Science (2 units)
- Social science (2 units)
- Foreign language (2 units)*
- Additional college-prep subjects (3 units)
*A&S does not allow units missing from these areas.
Applicants to A&S whose most recent enrollment was not in any of the UC colleges must apply through the Office of Admissions. Applicants in this category must submit transcripts for all secondary school and college-level work. A cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all college-level work is required for admission consideration. Admission to A&S is generally available for any off-campus applicants who have received an associate degree from an accredited college or university and whose cumulative GPA is 2.0 or higher.
University transfer scholarships are available to those who meet specific requirements and ANY admitted A&S transfer student might qualify for an A&S transfer scholarship. Deadlines and eligibility criteria are online via the previous links.
Changing Major Requirements
Applicants to A&S whose most recent enrollment was as a degree student in one of UC’s other colleges can apply directly to the A&S college office. Admission to A&S is generally available for any on-campus students who have:
- at least a 2.0 GPA in all college-level courses (both at UC and at other institutions),
- successfully completed two quarters of English Composition or its equivalent, and
- gained credit for a college-level mathematics course.
A&S students must meet the college residency requirement of 45.0 hours which begins immediately upon matriculation in the college and consists of courses taught with McMicken College of Arts and Sciences.
To graduate from McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, students must:
- Earn at least 180 credits. This can include transfer credit, AP credit and free electives, but does not include preparatory coursework. Students who have met all other degree requirements must continue earning credit until the total number of their earned hours comes to at least 180.
- Attain a 2.0 grade point average for all courses taken at the University of Cincinnati.
- Be in good academic standing, that is, not on either academic probation or disciplinary probation or suspension.
- Complete the residency requirement by earning at least 45 credits after matriculating into the college. These minimum 45 credits must be taught within McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (15), and also must be completed after gaining admission to the college.
- Complete all of the requirements of at least one major (see major requirements above).
- Complete the College Core Requirements.
- Submit an application for graduation to the registrar's office by their posted deadline.
UC operates on a quarter system, with 10-week grading periods beginning in late September, early January, late March and mid-June. While midyear admission is possible, fall quarter is generally the best time to enter the college, since many course sequences begin in that quarter. Applicants to McMicken College of Arts and Sciences who are enrolled or who were previously enrolled as degree-seeking students in A&S or in other UC colleges should apply for admission directly to A&S (in French West, 2nd Floor). All other applicants who wish to earn an undergraduate degree from A&S should apply through the Office of Admissions (3rd Floor, University Pavilion).