Journalism: Concentration in Print and Online Journalism

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?
The Journalism Department prepares students for careers in journalism and related fields. Many of our graduates go on to become journalists; others use the skills they've developed to land jobs in politics, law, documentary filmmaking, strategic communications, broadcasting and government.
 
If you want to make sure journalism is the major for you, here are some qualities 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 them.
 
· Writing: You live to write! Even photographers write a lot in our major. Synthesizing and analyzing information from lots of places makes you happy! 
 
· Interviewing: You enjoy meeting strangers and engaging them in conversation.
 
· Technology: You are eager to learn new ways to tell stories and report information.
Does your department have a major planning sheet for me as a guide? Yes, we have a major planning sheet in PDF.
When should I first meet with my major department?
Attend a New Student Information Session. You should meet with a faculty adviser 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 adviser.
How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them? The department will assign you a major adviser in your junior and senior years. You can meet with any full-time faculty member until that time. Meet our faculty advisers at https://journalism.sfsu.edu/people
Where can I find information about major advising?

The Journalism Department website and SFSU bulletin have ciritical information.

Does this major require any pre-work from me before I attend orientation or register for classes? Follow the news! Read newspapers -- online or in print -- and listen to news on TV, radio, podcasts, etc.
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.
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 transfer students should take JOUR 221 Newswriting and JOUR 222 Newswriting Lab their first semester. If you've taken the equivalent of JOUR 221 at a community college, take JOUR 300GW Reporting and JOUR 226 Digital Newsgathering in the first semester, as well as JOUR 222. Students can get a permission number from the department for JOUR 226 and JOUR 300GW if they have taken the prerequisite course but are blocked from registering.

Transfer Student Info

What upper division courses should I take in my first semester as a transfer student for this major? Junior transfer students should take JOUR 205, JOUR 221 and JOUR 222 in their first semester. Those who have taken equivalent courses at their community college should sign up for JOUR 226 and JOUR 300GW, as well as JOUR 222. Students can get a permission number from the department for JOUR 226 and JOUR 300GW if they have taken the prerequisite course but are blocked from registering.
Are there any prerequisites to these upper division courses for the major?
JOUR 205 and JOUR 221 are prerequisites for 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? Students can get permission numbers from the department if they have taken the prerequisite courses but are blocked from registering. 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 adviser. 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.
Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?

No.

Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major?
 
No.

 

 

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