Mass Communication and Journalism - Digital Journalism Option, B.A.


Department of Media, Communications, and Journalism

Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements

Mass Communication and Journalism Major - Digital Journalism

Majors must complete a minimum of 37 semester units of mass communication and journalism courses with a grade of C or better in each course. Each student will take 19 units of MCJ core courses and 18 units of courses in their selected option.

Each MCJ major must select an option, which is an area of specialization within the major. The options are advertising and public relations, broadcast and multiplatform journalism, digital journalism, and film and media arts. The courses required for each option are listed under Major Requirements.

1. Major requirements (37 units)
MCJ Core Courses: MCJ 2, MCJ 15, MCJ 40, MCJ 164, MCJ 171 and MCJ 199 (19 units) 

Digital Journalism Option Requirements
MCJ 102W and MCJ 104 (6 units)
Pick four from MCJ 17, MCJ 103, MCJ 107, MCJ 108, MCJ 109, MCJ 131, MCJ 174, MCJ 190 (12 units)

2. General Education requirements(49 units)
It is recommended that students take MCJ courses as part of their GE package (MCJ 1 and MCJ 175 or MCJ 178)

3. Other requirements (9 units)
American Government and Institutions (PLSI 2), Multicultural and International (MI), and Upper-division writing. It is recommended that students take an MCJ course for their MI (MCJ 176 or MCJ 179)

4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)

5. Total (120 units)
* G.E. and MI courses can be double-counted with major requirements. See advisor for details.

Advising Notes

  1. MCJ majors are not permitted to enroll for CR/NC grading in MCJ courses applied to the major, except for courses that require such grading.
  2. Students must meet all university graduation requirements. This includes the Upper-Division Writing requirement, which may be met by taking MCJ 102W or a "W" course from another department.


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