Indiana University

Indiana University Journalism

The Bachelor of Arts in Journalism Degree


The BAJ is a liberal arts degree with a journalism major and concentrated study in one other subject.
Students new to IUB in Fall 2014 may download a course checklist in PDF format to help plan your classes. Also, the school suggests a course sequence for new students planning to pursue the BAJ degree.

If you matriculated before summer 2014, you'll need to consult these counseling guides:


Required journalism courses (16 credits) for the journalism major:

  • J 110 Foundations of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • J 155 Research Techniques for Journalists
  • J 200 Reporting, Writing & Editing I
  • J 210 Visual Communication
  • J 300 Communications Law
  • J 410 The Media as Social Institutions

One advanced writing course (3 credits):

  • J 303 Online Journalism
  • J 315 Feature Writing
  • J 341 Newspaper Reporting
  • J 342 Magazine Reporting
  • J 343 Broadcast News
  • J 349 Public Relations Writing
  • J 455 News Analysis and Opinion Writing
  • And approved topics of J 360, J 418 and J 460

Two additional advanced skills courses (6 credits) from topics such as:

  • J 303 Online Journalism
  • J 315 Feature Writing
  • J 341 Newspaper Reporting
  • J 342 Magazine Reporting
  • J 343 Broadcast News
  • J 344 Photojournalism Reporting
  • J 349 Public Relations Writing
  • J 351 Newspaper Editing
  • J 352 Magazine Editing
  • J 353 Advanced Broadcast News
  • J 354 Photojournalism Editing
  • J 362 Journalism Multimedia Storytelling
  • J 385 Television News
  • J 401 Depth Reporting and Editing
  • J 420 Advertising as Communication
  • J 429 Public Relations Campaigns
  • J 444 Advanced Photojournalism
  • J 455 News Analysis and Opinion Writing
  • J 463 Graphic Design I
  • J 464 Infographics
  • J 465 Graphic Design II
  • J 481 Creating an Indiana Magazine
  • J 488 Agency Practicum (Agency 7)
  • And approved topics of J 360, J 418 and J 460.


One research course (3 credits) from:

  • J 407 Newsgathering and the Law
  • J 409 Media Management
  • J 423 Public Opinion
  • J 428 Public Relations Management
  • J 438 Problems in Advertising
  • J 448 Global Journalism: Issues and Research
  • J 450 History of Journalism
  • J 462 History of 20th Century Photography
  • J 470 Broadcast Media Analysis
  • And approved topics of J 360, J 418 and J460.


Plus:

  • At least 11 credits in journalism electives of your choice.


Second Concentration

We also require a second concentration, in-depth study in another area that isn't mass communication. Twenty-four credit hours, about eight courses, are required for this part of the degree. About 20 percent of our students complete an outside field/second major in the College of Arts and Sciences.


General Education

For general education, we require:

  • One English composition course
  • One college-level mathematics course
  • One statistics course
  • Three Arts and Humanities courses
  • Three Social and Historical courses
  • Three Natural and Mathematical courses
  • Two years of college-level foreign language
  • Three cultural studies courses
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