Wayne State University

Print and Digital Journalism

Major in Journalism—Print and Digital Concentration 

(For majors declared Fall of 2013 and beyond)

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, 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 (39 credits) are required of all Journalism majors:

COM 1500 – Survey of Mass Communication (3)
COM 2030 – Journalistic Grammar and Style (3)
COM 2100 – News Reporting (3) [COM 1500 & COM 2030 C or better]
COM 2280 – Digital Photojournalism (3)
COM 3100 – Public Affairs Reporting (3) [COM 2100 with C or better]
COM 3210 – News Editing (3) [COM 2100 with C or better)
COM 4100 – (WI) Feature Writing (3) [COM 3100 with C or better]
COM 4250 – Reporting Race, Gender, and Culture (3) [COM 2100 & junior standing]
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 5500 – Journalism and New Media (3) [COM 2100 or consent of instructor]
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 2230 – (WI) Broadcast News Writing & Digital Editing (3) [COM 1500]
COM 2250 – South End Workshop (3) [COM 2100 or consent of instructor]
COM 3010 – (WI) Media Analysis and Criticism (3) [COM 1500]
COM 3170 – Fundamentals of Public Relations (3) [COM 1010 or COM 2170]
COM 3280 – Advanced Digital Photojournalism (3) [COM 2280]
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 4990 – Directed Study (1- 3 credits. Max 4) [COM 2100 & consent of program director]
COM 5160 – Public Relations Campaigns (3) [COM 3170 with C or better]
COM 5260 – Professional Writing Workshop (3) [senior standing]
COM 5300 – Online Layout and Design (3) [COM 2100 or consent of instructor]
COM 5310 - Investigative Reporting (3) [COM 4410 or COM 5381]
COM 5381 – TV News Reporting and Digital Editing (3 credits) [COM 2230]
COM 5460 – Magazine Writing (3) [COM 4100]
COM 5700 – Political and Governmental Reporting (3) [3100 or consent of instructor]
COM 6190 – Journalism Internship (1 – 3. Max 6) [Need consent of instructor]
MKT 2300 – Marketing Management (3 credits) [see Bulletin for pre-reqs]
MKT 5490 – Principles of Advertising (3 credits) [see Bulletin for pre-reqs]
MKT 5510 – Advertising Media Planning (3 credits) [see Bulletin for pre-reqs]

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.