Hello and welcome to “Quick Question,” the jcomm advising podcast. Today’s quick question is about registering for journalism courses. May I take more than one journalism course per term?
In most cases, yes you may. In at least one case, yes, you actually have to. The better question is, “Is there a limit to how many journalism courses I can take each term?” Let’s tackle these one at a time.
First things first, yes, you may take more than one journalism course per term. There are restrictions however and you want to be careful of those. Some journalism courses are prerequisite for others. J340 Principles of Advertising, for example, is a prerequisite for J458 Writing Design Concepts. In this case, you may not take them together. If prerequisites are not a factor, you may take more than one journalism course at the same time. Coming back to that example, you can, if you wish, take J340 Principles of Advertising with J207 Gateway to Media III, if both were offered in the same term.
Speaking of Gateway…The Gateway series is an example of how you have to take some journalism courses together. J205 Gateway to Media I and J206 Gateway to Media II are co-requisite classes. What that means is that they have to be taken together in the same term. So in this case, you have to take at least two journalism courses in the same term.
Finally, is there a limit to how many journalism courses you can take in one term? Well, prerequisites and course load limits aside, no, there isn’t. However, given the demanding nature of journalism courses, we tend to discourage loading up on them, especially if they are all hands-on, professional skill classes. The advertising concentration can put you in this situation. After J340 Principles of Advertising and before J448 Advertising Campaigns, you have to take at least three professional advertising courses. You could, in theory, take all three in one term. However, you are highly encouraged to spread those three courses out over at least two terms. Three terms would be better. The pathway requirement in the Journalism concentration is another example. After Reporting I and Reporting II or Journalistic Interview, you have to take three Pathway courses and, like advertising, are encouraged to spread those out over a few terms as well.
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