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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Media and Communication Major, B.A. (Journalism Concentration)

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Department Information

Department of Media and Communication

P.O. Box 70669
Phone: (423) 439-5575
Web address: http://www.etsu.edu/mcom

Journalism teaches you multimedia production, sharpens your writing and gives you behind-the-scenes access to the world. Our students learn the watchdog role of the media and the importance of a free press, as guaranteed by the First Amendment.

Students learn the craft through hands-on assignments in our technology-rich skills classes. We emphasize news writing, with a strong focus on compelling digital storytelling. Instruction includes visual skills in photography, videography, and online production. Faculty and instruction keep pace with today’s ever-changing media landscape, equipping students with the tools they need.

Journalism graduates land jobs in many media fields. News media professionals work at newspapers, websites, magazines, radio/TV news stations, nonprofit organizations, corporate media offices, and government agencies. Journalists are also finding careers in the burgeoning social media world.

To complete the B.A. in Media and Communication with a concentration in Journalism, a student must complete a total of 120 credits of course work. In addition to the University’s General Education requirements and the B.A. degree requirements, students must complete 39 credits in Journalism. At least 72 credits of a student’s degree must be completed in non-media and communication courses (i.e., courses that do not begin with MCOM, ADVR, JOUR, PUBR or RTVF.)

Students must also complete a minor in a department of their choosing. A 2.0 grade point average must be obtained in the major, the minor, overall, and in all courses taken at ETSU in order to graduate. Prior to graduation, students must also complete a major field test in addition to the California Critical Thinking Skills Test (CCTST).


Students with 0-59 earned credits:

Contact the Center for Advisement and Student Excellence (CASE) to schedule an appointment with your advisor.  Visit the CASE website www.etsu.edu/cas/case/ and call (423) 439-5602.

Students with 60 or more earned credits:

Department of Media and Communication
(423) 439-5575

Transfer and Residency Policy

Transfer students majoring in Journalism should contact the Center for Advisement and Student Excellence (CASE) for advising as soon as possible. This will ensure that the student’s previous work will be coordinated efficiently with ETSU requirements.

Transfer students may transfer up to 12 credits from other institutions toward the completion of the B.A. in Media and Communication. This means that at least 27 credits in the major and concentration must be completed at ETSU.

For general information about the department or courses, contact Dr. Stephen Marshall, Chair marshals@etsu.edu or (423) 439-7575.

Degree Requirements: 120 credits

General Education 41-42 credits
Major Total Requirement 39 credits
      Major Core    (12 credits)
      Concentration    (18 credits)
      Advisor Approved Electives    (9 credits)
Minor 18-24 credits
Free Electives 15-22 credits
TOTAL 120 credits

Suggested Four-Year Program of Study: MDCM-BA (JOUR)  

College of Arts and Sciences : Visit link to view the complete list of B.A. degree requirements.

  • Foreign Language course 2020 or higher with C- or better
  • Non-U.S. History (3 credits)
  • MATH 1530  or MATH 1910  


General Education Requirements   

These requirements include earning 41-42 credits in Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavior Sciences, History, Natural Sciences and Mathematics categories.

Total Requirements for Media and Communication Major: 39 credits

Media and Communication Major Core Requirements: 12 credits

Journalism Concentration: 18 credits

Advisor Approved Electives: 9 credits

Select three (3) courses from any non-required course from MCOM, ADVR, JOUR, PUBR, or RTVF in conjunction with your advisor as an elective.

Minor: 18-24 credits

Free Electives: 15-22 credits

Additional Information

At least 72 credits of a student’s degree must be completed in non-media and communication courses.

Click here to view Degree and Graduation Requirements  for all ETSU students.

CSCI 1100  or Proficiency Exam: Must be completed to meet Bachelor’s Degree Requirements.

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