B.S. degree program in journalism and media studies
HEGIS code 0605
NYS SED program code 83638

The Journalism and Media Studies program encourages students to develop a critical, ethical, and deliberative paradigm for the practice of journalism as a public service. We seek to cultivate proficiencies in storytelling across platforms and subject areas, and inspire our students to embrace the potential for innovation that exists in our media environment.

Program Goals: Students will develop critical thinking skills and a healthy skepticism about the ocean of information in which we live. They will be well informed about the entrepreneurial nature of the contemporary media environment. They will become capable communicators with the ability to tell stories using the tools most appropriate for the subject, guided by principles that maximize media literacy.

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Department Requirements (48 credits)
I. All of the following: Television and Radio 1165, 2032, 2726W, 3223, 3535, 3728, and 4777; and one of the following: Television and Radio 4177 or 5010.

II. Nine credits from the following: Television and Radio 3782, 3841, 3891, 3925, 3951, 4040, 4042, 4045, 4173, and 4728.

III. Six credits from the following: Television and Radio 4047, 4160, and 4269. TVRA 4047 may be taken twice to fulfill this requirement.

IV. Six credits of advanced related course work in any specialized area other than Television and Radio. All electives must be approved by the program director. A list of recommended electives is available.

Admissions Requirement: Students must successfully complete one of the College's English Composition courses (ENGL 1012 or higher) with a grade of B or better in order to enroll in any Journalism and Media Studies program course above Television and Radio 1165. Students with transfer-credit equivalencies to ENGL 1012 or higher must provide a writing sample for program assessment prior to enrollment in any Journalism and Media Studies program course above Television and Radio 1165.

Residency Requirement: Of the 42 required Television and Radio credits in the Journalism and Media Studies major, at least 36 must be completed in residency. Electives must also be completed in residency. The use of transfer or other course credit is prohibited for Television and Radio 2032, 2726W, and 3728.

Academic Standing: All courses used to meet these degree requirements must be completed with a grade of C or higher. No course in this curriculum may be taken more than twice for the purposes of degree advancement.