Academic Catalog

Journalism (B.A.) 2023-2024 Catalog Year
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Communication and Philosophy
  • Public Relations Concentration

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Journalism prepares students to report, edit, and present high-quality journalism for a variety of platforms.  It emphasizes clear writing, factual accuracy, critical thinking, ethical and legal principles, social consciousness, technological skill, and practical, hands-on reporting and editing experience. Students will develop an awareness of the role of journalism in a democratic society and think critically about emerging issues in journalism and mass media.

Program Progression and Additional Graduation Requirements
  • Attend an orientation session.
  • Sign an Advising Agreement document.

In addition to the program requirements, students must:

  • Complete a minimum of 120 credits.
  • Complete a minimum of 48 of the 120 credits at the upper division (3000-4999 level).
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all coursework attempted at FGCU.
  • Satisfy the College-Level Skills and foreign language entrance requirements.
  • Satisfy the Service Learning requirement. (See
  • Satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement.
  • Satisfy the residency requirement: 30 of the 60 sixty credits must be completed at FGCU.
  • Complete the summer course enrollment requirement.
  • Submit an Application for Graduation by the deadline listed in the FGCU Academic Calendar.
Program Requirements
  1. FGCU General Education Program (
    To prevent or minimize excess hours, select general education courses that satisfy common prerequisite requirements for your intended major.

  2. Common Prerequisites
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course.

    FGCU Course: ENC 1101 Composition I (3)
    Acceptable Substitute: ENCX101

    FGCU Course: ENC 1102 Composition II (3)
    Acceptable Substitute: ENCX102

    FGCU Course: MMC 2604 News Literacy (3)
    Acceptable Substitute: MMCX540 or MMCX000-X999

    In addition to the common prerequisites, FGCU strongly recommends students take courses with the following prefixes as part of their lower-division requirements or electives: AMH, AML, CRW, ECO, ENL, LIT, POS, SYG, or Public Speaking (SPC 2023).  FGCU also recommends students pursuing a major in Journalism take at least two semesters of foreign language.

  3. Required Courses in the Major (28 credits)
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course

    DIG 3145 News Production (3)
    JOU 2100 Journalistic Writing (3)
    JOU 4110 Journalistic Fact Finding (3)
    JOU 4940 Internship (3)
    JOU 4950 Senior Capstone: Journalism (3)
    MMC 3020 Grammar (1)
    MMC 3104 Writing for a Mass Audience (3)
    MMC 3125 News Reporting and Writing (3)
    MMC 4211 Media Law and Ethics (3)
    VIC 3002 Visual Storytelling (3)

  4. Restricted Electives in the Major/Concentration (15 credits)
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course

    Select one of the following groupings:

    No concentration noted on transcript
    RTV 3301 Audio and Video Journalism (3)
    JOU 3201 News Editing (3)

    Select 9 credits from the following:
    JOU 3601 Photojournalism (3)
    JOU 4901 Directed Independent Study (1-3)*
    JOU 4930 Special Topics in Journalism (3)

    Public Relations Concentration
    PUR 3000 Principles of Public Relations (3)
    PUR 3100 Public Relations Writing (3)
    PUR 3600 Public Relations Strategy (3)
    PUR 4500 Public Relations Research (3)

    Select 3 credits from the following:
    PUR 3104 Advanced PR Writing (3)
    PUR 4420 Nonprofit Public Relations (3)
    RTV 3301 Audio and Video Journalism (3)
    JOU 4930 Special Topics (3)
    Any upper division (3000-4999 level) course with the prefix PUR that has not already been used to fulfill a requirement for the major.

    *A maximum number of 3 credits combined from this course can be used to fulfill the elective requirement.  Course must be approved by the instructor.

  5. University Requirements (3 credits)
    IDS 3920 University Colloquium (3)

  6. Additional Electives - as needed to reach total credits required for the degree
Total Credits Required: 120

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