[Pre-FALL 2009 curriculum]
How to become a "Pre-Journalism" major
Incoming freshmen and transfer students select "pre-journalism" as their major on their UO admission application. For incoming students, there is no formal application process to become a pre-major in the School of Journalism and Communication. Current UO students who wish to add "pre-journalism" as a major must apply for premajor status. Current UO students must have a cumulative 2.00 UO GPA to be accepted as a pre-journalism major.
The Lower Division Core
Effective Fall 2009, the school has a new premajor curriculum. Students admitted to UO Fall 2009 or later must follow the new requirements. Current UO students who declare "pre-journalism" as a major Fall 2009 or later must also follow the new requirements.
All pre-journalism majors are required to take four "lower division core" courses before applying for full major status. These courses provide students with a common background of generic knowledge and skills required for advanced professional study in the communication fields:
In Fall 2009, the school introduced a new premajor core. J202, J203 and J204 were phased out in the 2009-10 academic year. Current premajors are advised to discuss their premajor courses with a journalism adviser. Some premajors may be advised to transition to the new premajor core.
These four courses must be taken graded. Your admission as a full major depends largely upon your performance in these four courses. Students are strongly discouraged from taking J202 and J204 together. The school requires that J202, J203 and J204 be taken at UO. Exceptions must be approved by the Undergraduate Affairs Committee.
Freshmen are advised to spread the premajor core courses over the first two years of college or no fewer than three terms. Freshmen should not take J202 or J204 during their first term, nor take these two courses during the same term at any time.
Transfer students and second bachelor's students who have completed a mass media and society course at another school should consult a journalism adviser about counting that course toward the premajor core. These students may be advised to register for more than one core course per term; they will be reminded that premajor core grades are a major factor in the upper-division admission process. However, transfer students and second bachelor's students should also not take J202 and J204 in the same term.
The school’s policy is to make all required upper-division courses available to students within two academic years after they have been accepted as full majors. Transfer students, second bachelor’s degree students, and students who become pre-journalism majors as juniors or seniors should consider this when planning their schedules.
The Grammar Requirement
All pre-journalism majors take a fifth lower division journalism course, J101 Grammar for Journalists. This course is a prerequisite for J203 Writing for the Media and must be passed with a C or better. During the priority registration period for the next term, Duck Web will allow students currently enrolled in J101 to register for the following term’s J203. However, once the J101 grades have posted for that term, students who did not earn the minimum grade with be dropped out of J203 by the registrar’s office.
Students who desire a preview of the material covered by the class can consult When Words Collide (with companion workbook) by Professors Lauren Kessler and Duncan McDonald. They may also visit The Tongue Untied, a comprehensive website created by former instructor Kellee Weinhold.
The Language Skills Diagnostic Test (LSDT) is no longer a pre-journalism major requirement.