Journalism: Concentration in Photojournalism

Major Requirements (SF State Bulletin: Degree Requirements)

Roadmap (SF State Bulletin: Roadmap)

GE Requirements (SF State Bulletin: General Education)

Major Department Website

Your major advisor answered a few questions to assist you with your first semester courses — see below.

General Information

What are some of the highlights and features to know about this major?
 We are excited that you are interested in studying journalism at San Francisco State University. It is a very exciting time to be a journalist. Great opportunities await you, some of which haven't even been invented yet.
 
If you want to make sure journalism is the major for you, here are some qualities we see that are imperative for all of our students, whether they aspire to be writers, producers, photographers, or a combination of all of these.
 
· Passion: You want to change the world by telling stories that no one else has told.
 
· Curiosity: You find yourself asking people questions about themselves and their opinions.
 
· Research: You love finding out about new things and telling others about it.
 
· Writing: You live to write! Even photographers write a lot in our major. Synthesizing and analyzing information from lots of places makes you happy! Grammar is exciting!
 
· Interviewing: You enjoy meeting strangers and engaging them in conversation, and possibly taking pictures of them while you are doing it. You have no problem calling someone on the phone to ask a question instead of emailing them.
 
· Technology: Although writing or photography is your passion, you want to learn new ways to tell stories.
When should I first meet with my major department? The first semester of your sophomore year. Juniors have mandatory advising in the spring and seniors in the fall. You will have a hold on your registration until you meet with an advisor.
How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them? The department will assign you a major in your junior and senior years. You can meet with anyone until that time. All photojournalism students should meet with Prof. Kim Komenich.
Where can I find information about major advising? The Journalism Department website has critical information.
 Does this major require any pre-work from me before I attend orientation or register for classes? No.
What should I do if my major core and/or prerequisite courses are full? Show up for the first class. Keep trying in case someone drops. Journalism skills classes are capped at 20 students. So make sure you go to the first one.
Is there anything else I need to know about starting in this major? Entering freshman should take JOUR 205 the second semester of their freshman year.  Junior transfers should take Jour 222, Jour 226 and Jour 300GW in their first semester. You can get a permission numbers from the department for Jour 226 and Jour 300GW if you are blocked, but have taken the equivalents to  Jour 205 and Jour 221 at a community college.

Transfer Student Info

What upper division courses should I take in my first semester as a transfer student for this major? Junior transfers should take Jour 222, Jour 226 and Jour 300GW in their first semester. You can get a permission numbers from the department for Jour 226 and Jour 300GW if you are blocked, but have taken the equivalents to  Jour 205 and Jour 221 at a community college.
Are there any prerequisites to these upper division courses for the major? Jour 205 and Jour 221 are prerequisites to Jour 226 and Jour 300GW
Are there any registration blocks or holds in the system for this major, and if so, what do I do/who do I contact to clear them? Juniors have mandatory advising in the spring and seniors in the fall. You will have a hold on your registration until you meet with an advisor. An email will be sent with instructions. 
Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) roadmap? No.

Freshmen Student Info

 Are there any courses I should take first as a Freshman to get started in this major and/or are there any lower division GE course requirements that I can take that will also count toward this major? Jour 205 Social Impact of Journalism should be taken in the Freshman year. It also counts for C2 Humanities. Jour 235 Photo I fulfills C1: Arts and is required for Photojournalism students.
Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?

None.

Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major?
 
None.

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