Documentary Journalism Bachelor of Journalism Degree Requirements

Lower Division Curriculum
(Freshmen and Sophomores)

Students must complete a minimum of 63 hours of specified coursework with a 3.0 UM GPA before entering the Documentary Journalism interest area and advancing to Upper Division status.

Students below a 3.0 UM GPA may appeal to a faculty committee for admission.

Here is the distribution of coursework required to complete the 66 credits:

  • English Composition (3 credits)
  • College Algebra (3 credits)
  • Foreign Language (12 credits)
  • Biological, Mathematical, Physical Science (9 credits)
  • Social and Behavioral Science (14 credits)
  • Humanities (9 credits)
  • Journalism Courses (13 credits)

English Composition
Credits Required: 3
ENGLSH 1000 Exposition and Argumentation (3 credits)

College Algebra
Credits Required: 3
MATH 1100 College Algebra (3 credits)

Foreign Language
Credits Required: 12 in a single foreign language

Biological, Mathematical, Physical Science
Credits Required: 9

Social and Behavioral Science (incl. Government, US History and Economics)
Credits Required: 14
-Documentary Journalism students must take:
PSYCH 1000 General Psychology (3 credits)

Humanistic Studies
Credits Required: 9
Documentary Journalism students must take:
FILM S 1800 Introduction to Film Studies (3 credits)
FILM S 3540 Principles of Cinematography (3 credits) -this course will be applied to upper-level non-journalism requirements
One literature course

Lower Division Journalism Requirements
Credits required: 13
This requirement is satisfied by taking the following required courses:

  • JOURN 1010 Career Explorations in Journalism (1 credit). Should be taken the first semester on campus. Graded S/U.
  • JOURN 1100 Principles of American Journalism (3 credits). JOURN 1100 should be taken by the second semester of the freshman year.
  • JOURN 2000 Cross-Cultural Journalism (3 credits). JOURN 2000 should be taken in the first semester of sophomore year.
  • JOURN 2100 News (3 credits). JOURN 2100 should be taken in the first semester of the sophomore year.
  • JOURN 2150 Fundamentals of Multimedia Journalism (3 credits). JOURN 2150 should be taken in the sophomore year.

Sample lower division schedule

Freshman fall semester:

  • JOURN 1010 Career Explorations in Journalism (1 credit)
  • ENGLSH 1000 Exposition and Argumentation (3 credits)
  • MATH 1100 College Algebra (3 credits)
  • Foreign Language course (4 credits)
  • PSYCH 1000 General Psychology (3 credits)
  • Biological, Mathematical, Physical Science course (3 credits)

Freshman spring semester:

  • JOURN 1100 Principles of American Journalism (3 credits)
  • FILM S 1800 Introduction to Film Studies (3 credits)
  • Foreign Language course (4 credits)
  • Social and Behavioral Science course (3 credits)
  • Statistics course: STAT 1200 or 1400 (3 credits)

Sophomore fall semester:

  • JOURN 2000 Cross-Cultural Journalism (3 credits)
  • JOURN 2100 News (3 credits)
  • Foreign Language course (4 credits)
  • Literature course (3 credits)
  • Social and Behavioral Science Course (3 credits)

Sophomore spring semester:

  • JOURN 2150 Fundamentals of Multimedia Journalism (3 credits)
  • Biological, Mathematical, Physical Science course (3 credits)
  • Foreign Language course (3 credits)
  • FILM S 3540 Principles of Cinematography (3 credits)
  • Social and Behavioral Science Course (3 credits)

Lower Division Total = 63 hours


Upper Division Curriculum
(Juniors and Seniors)

Here is the distribution of coursework required to complete the 57 credits:

  • Upper-level non-journalism Area 1 (3 credits)
  • Upper-level non-journalism Area 2 (6 credits)
  • Upper-level non-journalism Area 3 (6 credits)
  • Upper-level non-journalism Area 4 (14 credits)
  • Journalism Core (6 credits)
  • Documentary Journalism (16 credits)
  • Journalism Electives (6 credits)

Upper-level non-journalism Area 1
Credits required: 3

Upper-level non-journalism Area 2
Credits required: 6

Upper-level non-journalism Area 3
Credits required: 6
-Film S 3540 Principles of Cinematography (3 credits) from lower division curriculum applies here

Must take at least one upper-level Film Studies course

  • Possible course FILM S 3530 Crafting Character and Story for Screen (3 credits)
  • Possible course FILM S 3861 Film Themes and Genres (3 credits)
  • Possible course ANY film history course (3 credits)

Must take at least one upper-level literature course

Upper-level non-journalism Area 4
Credits required: 14
-Additional Film Studies courses can apply here. See “Course Exceptions” for permitted courses

Upper Division Journalism Core
Credits Required: 6

All journalism and strategic communication students must take the following courses at the upper-division level:

  • JOURN 3000 History of American Journalism (3 credits)

or

  • JOURN 4568 History of Photojournalism (3 credits)
  • JOURN 4000 Communications Law (3 credits)

Required Documentary Journalism Classes (16)

  • JOURN 4371 Documentary Theory (3 credits)
  • JOURN 4372 Documentary Reporting (3 credits)
  • JOURN 4373 Documentary Development (3 credit)
  • JOURN 4375 Documentary Business and the Public Sphere (2 credits)
  • JOURN 4377 Documentary Senior Project (2 credits)
  • JOURN 4379W Documentary Senior Capstone (3 credits)

Upper Division Journalism Electives (6)
Suggested electives:
(this list developed from input of faculty groups; it is subject to modification)

  • JOURN 4148 Interviewing Essentials
  • JOURN 4150 Using Infographics
  • JOURN 4328 Advanced News Communication (prerequisite is 4306; would need to add “JOURN 4564 and consent of instructor” for DocJ students)
  • JOURN 4330 From Murrow to Moore: What Good Journalists Read
  • JOURN 4340 Viewing Journalism Films: Images of the Reporter
  • JOURN 4360 Fundamentals of Design
  • JOURN 4410 Intermediate Writing (prerequisite is 4450; would need to add “JOURN 4564 and consent of instructor” for DocJ students)
  • JOURN 4415 Current Issues in Science Journalism
  • JOURN 4428 Health Reporting Skills (prerequisites are 4450, 4306 or 4804; would need to add “JOURN 4564 and consent of instructor” for DocJ students)
  • JOURN 4430 Computer-Assisted Reporting
  • JOURN 4436 Investigative Reporting (prerequisite is 4450; would need to add “JOURN 4564 and consent of instructor” for DocJ students)
  • JOURN 4440 Mapping for Stories and Graphics
  • JOURN 4462 Emerging Technologies in Journalism
  • JOURN 4502 Multimedia Planning and Design
  • JOURN 4508 Information Graphics (prerequisite is 4450; would need to add “JOURN 4564 and consent of instructor” for DocJ students)
  • JOURN 4554 Visual Editing for Multimedia (prerequisites are 4450, 4306, 4406, 4506 or 4804; would need to add “JOURN 4564 and consent of instructor” for DocJ students)
  • JOURN 4556 Fundamentals of Photojournalism
  • JOURN 4558 Advanced Techniques in Photojournalism
  • JOURN 4650 International Issues Reporting (prerequisite is 4450; would need to add “JOURN 4564 and consent of instructor” for DocJ students)
  • JOURN 4656 International News Media Systems
  • JOURN 4658 International Journalism
  • JOURN 4660 Media Forces Shaping the European Union
  • JOURN 4662 Global News Across Platforms
  • JOURN 4700 Participatory Journalism (prerequisites are 4450, 4306, 4406, 4506 or 4804; would need to add “JOURN 4564 and consent of instructor” for DocJ students)
  • JOURN 4716 Women and the Media
  • JOURN 4730 Journalism and Conflict
  • JOURN 4738 Thought, Language and Journalism
  • JOURN 4950 Understanding Audiences
  • JOURN 4986 Advanced Writing (prerequisite is 4450; would need to add “JOURN 4564 and consent of instructor” for DocJ students)

Sample upper division schedule
Junior fall semester:

  • JOURN 4371 Documentary Theory (3 credits)
  • JOURN 4372 Documentary Reporting (3 credits)
  • JOURN 4000 Communications Law (3 credits)
  • Upper-level non-journalism Area 1 (3 credits)
  • Upper -level non-journalism Area 2 (3 credits)

Junior spring semester:

  • JOURN 4373 Documentary Theory (3 credits)
  • JOURN 4375 Documentary Business and the Public Sphere (2 credits)
  • JOURN 3000 or JOURN 4568 (3 credits)
  • Upper-level non-journalism Area 2 (3 credits)
  • Upper-level non-journalism Area 3 (3 credits)

Senior fall semester:

  • JOURN 4377 Documentary Senior Project (2 credits)
  • Journalism elective (3 credits)
  • Upper-level non-journalism Area 4 (8 credits)
    -Choose on literature course

Senior spring semester:

  • JOURN 4379W Documentary Senior Capstone (3 credits)
  • Journalism elective (3 credits)
  • Upper-level non-journalism Area 4 (6 credits)

Upper Division Total = 57 hours

Lower Division Total = 63 hours

Upper Division Total = 57 hours

Total Journalism Credits = 44 hours

Four Year Total = 120 hours

Documentary Journalism Mater of Arts Degree

The documentary journalism model educates students in the theory and skills of long-form storytelling through documentary methods.

Program Core: 9 Credits

• JOURN 0900 News Practicum (3 Credits) This course does not count toward the degree.
• JOURN 8000 Mass Media Seminar (3 Credits)
• JOURN 8006 Quantitative Research Methods in Journalism (3 Credits) or
 JOURN 8008 Qualitative Research Methods (3 Credits)

One of the following four courses:

• JOURN 8026 Philosophy of Journalism (3 Credits)
• JOURN 8030 History of Mass Media (3 Credits)
• JOURN 8038 Seminar in Communication Law (3 Credits)
• JOURN 8080 Media Ethics (3 Credits)

Documentary Journalism Core: 14 Credits

• JOURN 7370 The Intersections of Documentary Film and Journalism (3 Credits)
• JOURN 7564 Micro-Documentary Photojournalism and Videography (3 Credits)
• JOURN 7371 Editing for Documentaries (3 Credits)
• JOURN 7373 Documentary Theory and Development (3 Credits)
• JOURN 7375 Documentary Business and the Public Sphere (2 Credits)

Electives: 6 Credits

• Students may choose journalism or non-journalism electives in consultation with their faculty advisor.

Capstone Level: 10 Credits

Professional Project

• JOURN 8098 MA Project Seminar (1 Credit) and
JOURN 8190 Area Problem in Journalism (9 Credits)

Thesis

• JOURN 8100 MA Thesis Seminar (1 Credit) and
JOURN 8090 Research in Journalism (9 Credits)

Total Suggested for Graduation: 39 Credits

Note: The university requires at least half of a graduate student’s coursework to be in 8000-level (or greater) courses. 4000-level (and below) courses do not carry graduate credit. Some courses will not be offered every semester. Plan accordingly by checking with your graduate adviser and the registrar’s schedule of courses for current course availability.