CURRICULUM & COURSES

We emphasize developing competence in writing, editing and reporting applicable to the print and broadcast media. We pride ourselves in weaving ethics into each of our courses.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & Mass Communication

The following table summarizes all requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in journalism & mass communication. For an overview of a particular course, click on its title. Our Course Descriptions page lists all journalism & mass communication courses. For one possible breakdown of the major by semester, see the Plan of Study below.

 Requirements    Credits 
 Journalism & Mass Communication 40
     JMC 101. Communication Today
     JMC 110. Professional Writing I: Style
     JMC 111. Professional Writing II: Craft
     JMC 140. The Digital World
     JMC 201. Reporter's Narrative: Style
     JMC 202. Reporter's Narrative: Craft
     JMC 300. Media Law
     JMC 399. Communication Research Methods
     JMC 410. Journalist's Workshop
     JMC 499. Comprehensive Experience
     SC 220. Digital Portfolio & Career Readiness
     Journalism & Mass Communication electives
3
3
3
1
3
3
3
3
6
0
3
9
 English/Theater  3
     One course from:
          ENG 230. Public Speaking
          THTR 201. Acting, Level One
          THTR 333. Acting For The Camera
 3
 Foreign Language*
3
 Economics 3
     One course from:
         ECO 101. Microeconomic Principles
         ECO 102. Macroeconomic Principles
3
 Quantitative Reasoning
3
     One course from:
         MATH 107. Introduction to Statistics
         MATH 135. Quantitative Reasoning
3
 Clare College (Core Curriculum at St. Bonaventure)
36
         CLAR 101. The Intellectual Journey
         CLAR 110. Composition & Critical Thinking I
         CLAR 111. Composition & Critical Thinking II
     Core Area Courses
         CLAR 103. Foundations of the Western World
         CLAR 105. Inquiry in the Social World
         CLAR 206. Foundational Religious Texts of the Western World
         CLAR 207. The Catholic-Franciscan Heritage
         CLAR 208. World Views
         CLAR 209. Arts and Literature
         CLAR 302 & CLAL 302. Inquiry in the Natural World
         CLAR 304. The Good Life
         CLAR 401. University Forum
3
3
3

3
3
3
3
3
3
4
3
2
 General Electives**
32
 TOTAL  120
* The foreign language must be at the level of 202 or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in language that will count as general electives.

** Credits include all other courses that cannot be recorded elsewhere, including modern-language courses below the level of 202.

Plan of Study for a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & Mass Communication

Changes in the sequence of the plan of study below may be desirable. These must be made in consultation with the student’s academic adviser. To see the title of a course in the plan of study, simply pass the cursor over the course's number. To see an overview of a course, click on its number. A list of all journalism & mass communication courses is found on our Course Descriptions page.

 FIRST YEAR
 Fall Semester  Credits  Spring Semester
Credits
CLAR 101
CLAR 110
JMC 101
JMC 110
UNIV 101
Modern Language*
3
3
3
3
1
3
CLAR 111
CLAR 105
JMC 111
General Elective
JMC 140
CLAR 103
3
3
3
3
1
3
 Total
16 Total
16
       
 SECOND YEAR
 Fall Semester
Credits
Spring Semester
Credits
JMC 201
General Elective
SC 220
CLAR 304
CLAR 207
3
3
3
3
3
JMC 202
General Elective
ENG 230 or THTR 201 or THTR 333
CLAR 206
ECO 101 or ECO 102
3
3
3
3
3
 Total 15 Total
15
       
 THIRD YEAR
 Fall Semester
Credits
Spring Semester
Credits
JMC Elective
CLAR 302/302L
General Elective
MATH 107 or MATH 135
CLAR 209
3
4
1
3
3
JMC 305 or JMC 399
JMC 410
JMC 300
CLAR 208

3
6
3
3

 Total 14
Total
15
       
 FOURTH YEAR:
 Fall Semester
Credits
Spring Semester
Credits
CLAR 401
JMC 499
General Electives
JMC Elective
2
0
9
3
JMC Elective
General Electives
3
12
 Total 14
Total
15
*The modern language requirement must be at the level of 202 or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses. Those additional courses will count as general electives.

INTERNSHIP REQUIREMENT: Students must complete internship requirements totaling 400 hours both on and off campus under guidance of the JMC Internship coordinator. Transfer students must complete 100 hours for each year they are on campus.

Changes in the sequence of the program listed above may be desirable. These must be made in consultation with the student's academic adviser.

Requirements for a minor in Journalism & Mass Communication

A minor for non-majors includes the completion of 21 credits as follows:
To declare a minor, a special form must be filed with the Records Office by the end of the student's junior year. Interested students should see their adviser.