Journalism Program Sample Schedules

Want to see what your path might look like as a journalism major? Here’s a sample schedule to give you an idea what classes you’ll be taking, plus term-by-term tips for keeping your education on track. For a BA, you’ll need to take two foreign language courses, and for a BS, you’ll need to take at least one math or computer information science course.

Fall Term - First Year

Title Credit
Foreign Language 101 (BA) or MATH/CIS (BS)4
J201 Media & Society4
WR 121 College Composition I4
Arts & Letters Course4

Winter Term - First Year 

TitleCredit
Foreign Language 102 or MATH/CIS (BS)4
J100 Media Professions2
WR 122 College Composition II4
Science Course4

Spring Term - First Year

TitleCredit
Foreign Language 103 (BA) or MATH/CIS (BS)4
J101 Grammar2
Arts & Letters Course4
Non-J Minor Course4

First-Year Benchmarks

  • Complete pre-major core courses.
  • Join a student group.
  • Attend a major info session.
  • Begin career exploration.
  • Meet with your academic advisor.
  • Explore study-abroad options.

Fall Term - Second Year

TitleCredit
Foreign Language 201 (BA) or Math/CIS (BS)4
J211 Gateway to Media8

Winter Term - Second Year

TitleCredit
Foreign Language 201 (BA) or Math/CIS (BS)4
J212 Writing for Communicators4
Arts & Letters Course4
Non-J Minor Course4

Spring Term - Second Year

TitleCredit
Foreign Language 203 (BA) or Math/CIS (BS)4
J213 Fact or Fiction4
Arts & Letters Course4
Non-J Minor Course4

Second-Year Benchmarks

  • Create a graduation plan.
  • Do informational interviews.
  • Begin creating a portfolio.
  • Craft a resumé and cover letter.
  • Meet with your faculty advisor.

Fall Term - Third Year

TitleCredit
J361 Reporting I4
J320 Core Context A4
Social Science Course4
Non-J Minor Course4

Winter Term - Third Year

TitleCredit
J462 Reporting II4
J385 Core Context A Course4
Science Course4
Non-J Minor Courses4

Spring Term - Third Year

TitleCredit
J463 Specialized Reporting4
J397 Core Context A Course4
Social Science Course4
Non-J Minor Course4

Third-Year Benchmarks

  • Continue adding to your portfolio.
  • Consider starting a minor.
  • Do an internship.
  • Gain leadership experience.
  • Start actively networking.

Fall Term - Fourth Year

TitleCredit
J Concentration (Writing/Visual)4
J387 or J396 Core Context A Course4
Social Science Course4
Multicultural4

Winter Term - Fourth Year

TitleCredit
J Concentration Course (Writing or Visual)4
J Core Context Course4
Science Course4
Elective1

Spring Term - Fourth Year

TitleCredit
J Capstone Course4
J Elective Course4
Science Course4

Fourth-Year Benchmarks

  • Continue honing your portfolio.
  • Do another internship.
  • Gain more leadership experience.
  • Continue networking.
  • Apply for your first post-college jobs.

Academic Support and Career Advising

Need some guidance? Our academic advisors are here for you. The SOJC Student Services Center is your one-stop shop for undergrad academic advice and career-building tips. All undergraduate SOJC students are welcome—even if you haven’t enrolled yet. Drop in to Student Services on the ground floor of Allen Hall or make an appointment and get on track to meet your goals.