Wayne State University

Print and Digital Journalism

Major in Journalism—Print and Digital Concentration 

Career opportunities: A major in Journalism prepares students for a variety of careers. Journalism majors are employed in fields such as news reporting, editorial, advertising, publishing, public relations, television and radio, corporate communication and publications, social media, writing training programs, grant writing, screenwriting and writing books.

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

Requirements: Students majoring in Print and Online Journalism must complete 45 credit hours, distributed as follows:

Core Courses (27 credits):

COM 1500Survey of Mass Communication (3)
COM 2030 Journalistic Grammar and Style (3)
COM 2100News Reporting (3) [COM 1500 & COM 2030]
COM 4250 Reporting Race, Gender, and Culture (3) [COM 2100 & junior standing]
COM 5080History and Law of American Journalism (3) [junior standing]
COM 5250Professional Issues in News Media Management (3) [Capstone course to be taken in last 21 cr. hours]
COM 5500 – Journalism and New Media (3) [COM 2100]
COM 6190Internship (3 credits to fulfill major requirement) [Need consent of instructor]
HIS 2050 –    Modern America Since 1877 (3) [Fulfills Civic Literacy (CIV) General Education Requirement]


Print and Online Concentration Requirements (12 credits):

COM 2280Digital Photojournalism (3)
COM 3100 Public Affairs Reporting (3) [COM 2100]
COM 3210 News Editing (3) [COM 2100]
COM 4100Feature Writing (3) [COM 2100]


Elective Courses (6 credits):

COM 2230Broadcast News Writing & Digital Editing (3) [COM 1500]
COM 3010 – Media Analysis and Criticism (3) [COM 1500] 
COM 3170 – Fundamentals of Public Relations (3) [COM 1010 or COM 2170]
COM 4010 - Special Topics in Journalism (3. Max 9) [consent of instructor]
COM 4130 – Communication Ethics (3) [COM 2000 or COM 3400]
COM 4170 – Public Relations Writing (3) [COM 3170] 
COM 4210Research Methods in Communication (3) [COM 1500 or COM 2000]
COM 4410 – Television Production (4) [COM 1600] 
COM 4990 – Directed Study (1- 3 credits. Max 4) [COM 2100 & consent of program director]
COM 5160 – Public Relations Campaigns (3) [COM 4170]
COM 5260 – Professional Writing Workshop (3) [senior standing]
COM 5300 – Layout and Design (3) [COM 2100]
COM 5310 - Investigative Reporting (3) [COM 4410 or COM 5381]
COM 5381 – TV News Reporting and Digital Editing (3) [COM 2230]
COM 5460 – Magazine Writing (3) [COM 4100]
COM 5610 – Advanced TV Production (3, Max 6) [consent of instructor]
COM 5700 – Political and Governmental Reporting (3) [COM 3100]
COM 6190 – Journalism Internship (1- 3 credits. Max 6) [Consent of instructor]
MKT 2300 – Marketing Management (3) [see Bulletin for pre-reqs]
MKT 5490 – Principles of Advertising (3) [see Bulletin for pre-reqs]
MKT 5510 – Advertising Media Planning (3) [see Bulletin for pre-reqs]

Important Reminders: Every course required to complete an undergraduate major in the Department of Communication 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 requirements as well as the Department of Communication foreign language requirement, which includes completion of a foreign language through the second semester. A minimum of 120 total credit hours is required to earn a Bachelor's Degree.

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 in as students. There are many valuable campus activities to choose from. You are encouraged to participate in such activities as student government, the student newspaper (South End) and the student radio station, WAYN.  In addition, the Department of Communication sponsors the Wayne State University chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), The Film and Media Group, as well as the nationally acclaimed debate and speech team.