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Required Courses

The following information was pulled from the Samford Catalog.

Undergraduate Programs and Requirements

The department offers a major in journalism and mass communication, with four possible concentrations, or tracks: advertising, broadcast and electronic journalism, print journalism, and public relations. Students must officially declare a concentration/track, and each leads to a bachelor of arts degree.

Journalism and mass communication (JMC) majors are also required to have a 20-credit minor or cognate outside the JMC department. The minor is determined by the student in consultation with a journalism and mass communication advisor.

The department also offers minors in film production and journalism and mass communication. The JMC minor has four possible tracks: advertising, broadcast and electronic journalism, print journalism, and public relations.

Majors:

Journalism and Mass Communication with a Concentration in:
Advertising | Broadcast and Electronic Journalism | Print Journalism | Public Relations 

Minor:

Film Production | Journalism and Mass Communication (with one of four tracks) 

Admission to the Department of JMC

Admitted Freshman Majors: Must achieve a JMC GPA of 2.75 or better upon completing JMC 200 (Mass Media and Society) and JMC 201 (Mass Media Practices). Students who fail to meet this requirement must change majors. Minimum 2.75 GPA applies to only JMC 200 and JMC 201.

Students who Transfer and/or Change Majors: Must have completed UCCA 101 (Communication Arts I) or the equivalent with a grade of C+ or better, and must have a Samford GPA of 3.00 or better. If a Samford GPA does not exist, a higher education GPA of 3.00 or better will qualify.

University Core Curriculum and General Education Requirements

See University Core Curriculum and General Education Requirements in the Howard College of Arts and Sciences introductory pages for a list of required and applicable courses. JMC majors must take MATH 110 (Contemporary Mathematics) or higher to fulfill the general education mathematics requirement. JMC majors cannot use JMC 200 to satisfy their general education social science requirement.

Journalism & Mass Communication Major

Journalism & Mass Communication Major
Required Courses
Course Credits Total Required Credits
University Core Curriculum   22
General Education Requirements:   30-42
Natural and Computational Sciences   8
Social Sciences   4
Mathematics   4
MATH 110 Contemporary Mathematics or higher 4  
World Languages   4-16
Fine Arts   4
Humanities   4
Physical Activity   2
Journalism & Mass Communication Major   44
Journalism & Mass Communication Core   30
JMC 200 Mass Media and Society 4  
JMC 201 Mass Media Practices 4  
JMC 300 Mass Media Writing and Editing 6  
JMC 301 Mass Media Ethics 2  
JMC 302 Mass Media Law 2  
JMC 310 Mass Media Production 6  
JMC 331 Mass Media Externship 2  
JMC 401 Senior Thesis 4  
   or     
JMC 402 Applied Communication Research 4  
Journalism & Mass Communication Electives   4
(Must select two, 2-credit elective courses to satisfy requirement.)    
Journalism Concentration
(Choose one of the tracks below and complete both courses)
  8
Advertising Track     
JMC 411 Advertising/Marketing Communication 4  
JMC 412 Advertising/IMC Practicum 4  
Broadcast & Electronic Journalism Track     
JMC 421 Adv Mass Media Applications-Electronic 4  
JMC 422 Video Practicum 4  
Print Journalism Track     
JMC 431 Adv Mass Media Applications-Print/Web 4  
JMC 432 Magazine/E-Zine Practicum 4  
Public Relations Track     
JMC 441 Public Relations Communication 4  
JMC 442 Public Relations Practicum 4  
Required Minor or Cognate   20
General Electives   2-14

Journalism and Mass Communication Minor

Journalism and Mass Communication Minor
Required Courses
Course Credits Total Required Credits
Journalism & Mass Communication Core   16
JMC 201 Mass Media Practices 4  
JMC 300 Mass Media Writing and Editing 6  
JMC 310 Mass Media Production 6  
Journalism Track (Choose one of the tracks below and
complete both courses)
  8
Advertising Track     
JMC 411 Advertising/Marketing Communication 4  
JMC 412 Advertising/IMC Practicum 4  
Broadcast & Electronic Journalism Track     
JMC 421 Adv Mass Media Applications-Electronic 4  
JMC 422 Video Practicum 4  
Print Journalism Track     
JMC 431 Adv Mass Media Applications-Print/Web 4  
JMC 432 Magazine/E-Zine Practicum 4  
Public Relations Track     
JMC 441 Public Relations Communication 4  
JMC 442 Public Relations Practicum 4  

Film Production Interdisciplinary Minor

The interdisciplinary film production minor, offered in cooperation with the Department of Theatre and Dance, allows students to become conversant with the conceptual and practical aspects of visual storytelling. Students will write and edit their own scripts, use digital video cameras to capture scenes, and edit their own projects using high-end software.

Film Production Interdisciplinary Minor
Required Courses
Course Credits Total Required Credits
Film and Production Core   15
FLMJ 200 Introduction to Film Production 4  
FLMJ 300 Film Production 4  
FLMJ 400 Documentary Film Production 4  
   or     
FLMJ 410 Short Film Production 4  
FLMT 310 Screenwriting 2  
Film Production Electives
(Choose from the following)
  7-8
ENGL 350 Film History 4  
FLME 352 Foreign Film 4  
FLME 354 The War Film 4  
FLMJ 341 Film Production, Technology, & Culture 4  
FLMT 371 Acting for the Camera 3  
JMC 362 The Film Genre 2  
JMC 364 Film Criticism 2  
POLS 355 Politics in Film 4