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Chair:
Paul van der Veur
Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-117
Phone: 607-753-4201
Fax: 607-753-4821

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Program Details

Communication Studies: Concentration in Journalism [JOUR] (Major)

The communication studies concentration in journalism prepares students for careers in journalism and related fields, as well as how to critically examine journalism practice.

Career Potential

  • Writer
  • Reporter
  • Editor
  • Production of newspapers, magazines, radio, television, online journals and newsletters

Communication Studies Core
  • COM 100 - Human Communication (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 200 - Communication History (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 203 - Introduction to Media Writing (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 210 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 301 - Mass Media and Society (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 302 - Intercultural Communication (3 cr. hr.) or
  • COM 303 - International Communication (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 304 - Communication Research (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 400 - Communication Law and Ethics (3 cr. hr.)
A. Required Courses
  • COM 323 - Intermediate News Writing and Reporting (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 332 - Readings in Journalism (3 cr. hr.)
B. Choose at least one course from each group
Group A
  • COM 310 - Feature and Opinion Writing (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 345 - News Editing and Design (3 cr. hr.)
Group B
  • COM 331 - Issues in News (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 433 - Literary Journalism (3 cr. hr.)
Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 124
Example of the B.A. in Communication Studies with a concentration in Journalism over four years

The sample program listed is a model and does not reflect the expectations for all of the programs. Students should consult an advisor to obtain up-to-date program requirements and to formulate a degree plan.

First Year
Fall Total credit hours: 16-17

Foreign language 101
GE course

  • COM 100 - Human Communication (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 210 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3 cr. hr.)
  • COR 101 - The Cortland Experience: A First Year Seminar (1 cr. hr.)
  • CPN 100 - Writing Studies I (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 102 - Writing Studies in the Community I (4 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15-16
  • Foreign language 102
  • GE course
  • GE course
  • COM 200 - Communication History (3 cr. hr.)
  • CPN 101 - Writing Studies II (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 103 - Writing Studies in the Community II (4 cr. hr.)
Second Year
Fall Total credit hours: 16
  • Foreign language 201
  • GE course
  • GE course
  • Participation course
  • COM 203 - Introduction to Media Writing (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 301 - Mass Media and Society (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 16
  • Foreign language 202
  • GE course
  • GE course
  • GE course
  • Participation course
  • COM 323 - Intermediate News Writing and Reporting (3 cr. hr.)
Third Year
Fall Total credit hours: 15
  • GE course
  • Elective
  • COM 302 - Intercultural Communication (3 cr. hr.) or
  • COM 303 - International Communication (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 304 - Communication Research (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 332 - Readings in Journalism (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 16
  • GE course
  • LAS elective
  • LAS elective
  • Participation course
  • COM 310 - Feature and Opinion Writing (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 400 - Communication Law and Ethics (3 cr. hr.)
Fourth Year
Fall Total credit hours: 16
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Participation course
  • COM 433 - Literary Journalism (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 16

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