Wayne State University

Broadcast Journalism

Major in Journalism – Broadcast News Concentration 

(For Majors declared Fall of 2013 and beyond)

Career opportunities: A major in Broadcast Journalism prepares students for a variety of careers. Broadcast Journalism majors are employed in fields such as broadcasting, reporting, public relations, advertising, newspaper, television and radio, newsletters and corporate publications, writing training programs, screenwriting and writing books.

Number of credit hours is in parenthesis ( ) Pre-requisites are in brackets [ ]

Requirements: The following courses (40 credits) are required of all Journalism majors:

COM 1500 – Survey of Mass Communication (3)
COM 1600 – Intro to Audio-TV Film Production (3)
COM 2030 – Journalistic Grammar and Style (3)
COM 2100 – News Reporting (3) [COM 1500 & COM 2030 C or better]
COM 2230 – (WI) Broadcast News Writing/Digital Editing (3) [COM 1500]
COM 4250 – Reporting Race, Gender, Culture (3) [COM 2100 & junior status]
COM 4410 – Television Production (4) [COM 1600]
COM 5080 – History and Law of American Journalism (3) [junior standing]
COM 5250 – Professional Issues in News Media Management (3) Capstone to be taken in last 21 hours of study.
COM 5381 – TV News Reporting and Digital Editing (3) [COM 2230]
COM 5500 – Journalism and New Media (3) [COM 2100 or consent]
COM 6190 – Journalism Internship (3 credits to fulfill major requirement) [Need consent of instructor]
HIS 2050 – U. S. Since 1877 (3)

Students must take an additional 6 credits of electives from the following list:

COM 2280 – Digital Photojournalism (3)
COM 3010 – (WI) Media Analysis and Criticism (3) [COM 1500]
COM 3100 – Public Affairs Reporting (3) [COM 2100 with C or better]
COM 3380 – Video Field Producing and Editing (3) [COM 2280], (Old course number is COM 5380; no credit after COM 5380)
COM 4010 - Special Topics in Journalism (3. Max 9) [consent of instructor]
COM 4130 – Communication Ethics (3) [COM 2000]
COM 4210 – Research Methods in Communication (3) [COM 2000 & upper division status]
COM 4240 – African Americans in Television (4)
COM 4310 – Audio Production (3) [COM 1600]
COM 4990 – Directed Study (1- 3 credits. Max 4) [COM 2100 & consent of program director]
COM 5060 – Documentary and Non-Fic Film &TV (4) [COM 2100 or consent]
COM 5300 – Online Layout and Design (3) [COM 2100 or consent]
COM 5384 – Topics in Production Design and Theory (3, Max 6) [COM 5380 or COM 4310 or COM 5350 & consent of instructor]
COM 5480 – Special topics in Media Studies (3, Max 6) [junior standing]
COM 5510 – Societal Effects of New Technologies (3) [1500 or consent]
COM 5610 – Advanced TV Production (3, Max 6) [consent of instructor]
COM 6190 – Journalism Internship (1 – 3. Max 6) [Need consent of instructor]

Important reminders:  Every course required to complete an undergraduate major in the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts must be completed with a grade of "C" (2.0) or better. This includes all transfer credit that may be applicable to the major programs. All students pursuing this major must complete the university's general education and competency requirements as well as the college's group requirements, which include completion of a foreign language through the third semester and a minimum of 120 total credit hours.

Advising:  Careful planning is required to assure timely completion of the program. An advisor should be consulted as soon as you decide to enroll in the journalism program. All students are expected to follow the published curriculum for their major and to consult regularly with their advisor.

Special activities:  Course work is only one part of your undergraduate education. Employers pay close attention to the types of activities applicants participated as students. There are many valuable campus activities. You are encouraged to participate in such activities as student government, the student newspaper, The South End, and the student radio station, WAYN. In addition, the Department of Communication sponsors the Wayne State University chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), as well as the nationally acclaimed debate and individual events forensics teams.