Curriculum in Journalism

Students must apply for admission to the JRNL major. Before applying, students must: 1) Have a minimum of a 2.3 GPA in ENGL 1120 and a Core Social Science course*; 2) Complete ENGL 1120, CMJN 2100 or 2103, and a Core Social Science course* with a C or better; 3) Successfully pass JRNL 1AA0 or JRNL 1100 with a “B” or better; 4) Complete JRNL 2210 with a “C” or better; 5) Successfully complete 30 hours of degree-applicable course credits (including AP and proficiency credits; and 6) Write a 300-word essay explaining how the applicant expects to contribute to the field of Journalism and his/her career goals. See the School adviser or the associate director for Journalism for further information. Students who transfer to Auburn University must apply to the JRNL major and complete one semester at Auburn University before applying for admission. Transfer students are required to take a minimum of 24 hours in the AU JRNL program.

* May not use a History course to fulfill the Core Social Science requirement 

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 1100 English Composition I3ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
Core History13COMM 1000 Public Speaking (or COMM 1003 Public Speaking)23
Core Social Science3Core Social Science3
Core Math3Foreign Language II (College Core)4
Foreign Language I (College Core)4Course from Journalism Group 333
 16 16
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
Core Literature13Core Humanities or Core Literature to complete sequence 13
Core Science I4Core Science II4
Core Fine Arts3Core Social Science or Core History to complete sequence13
JRNL 2210 Newswriting3JRNL 2310 Reporting3
CMJN 2100 Concepts in Communications and Journalism (or 2103 Concepts in Communication and Journalism)3LBAR 2010 Liberal Arts Careers Preparation (College Core)2
 16 15
Junior
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
Courses from Journalism Groups 1, 2, or 349Courses from Journalism Groups 1, 2, or 349JRNL 4920 Journalism Internship3
Electives56Electives56 
 15 15 3
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
CMJN 4000 Mass Media Law and Regulation3Courses from Journalism Groups 3 or 449
Course from Journalism Groups 3 or 446Electives53
Electives53UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
 12 12
Total Hours: 120
1

Students are required to complete a two-course history sequence or a two-course literature sequence. They are also required to complete one Core History or Core Literature in the discipline not selected as the sequence.

2

COMM 1000/1003 fulfills SLO 7

3

If students do not pass the JRNL 1AA0 Journalism Fundamentals Entrance Exam, they must take JRNL 1100 Journalism Fundamentals as a Group 3 course. 

4

Students should meet with their advisers about appropriate courses from Groups 1, 2 and 3.

5

Electives must be selected from courses outside the School of Communication and Journalism. Students must see their advisers for appropriate electives.