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Bachelor of Journalism

To be awarded the degree of Bachelor of Journalism, the candidate must complete 120 semester hours of coursework and must fulfill the University-wide graduation requirements in this chapter, the college graduation requirements in this chapter, and the special requirements, prescribed work, and major requirements below.

Special Requirements

To enroll in upper-division journalism courses, a student must have a University grade point average of at least 2.25 and a grade point average in courses in the College of Communication of at least 2.00. Students who do not fulfill this requirement will be dropped from upper-division journalism courses, normally before the twelfth class day. This requirement is waived for the transfer student during the first semester of coursework, while he or she is establishing a University grade point average.

In addition, a student with a major in journalism must have a grade of at least C in each course taken in the College of Communication that is counted toward the degree; if the course is offered on the pass/fail basis only, the student must have a grade of CR.

A passing score on the College of Communication Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Test is required for admission to most journalism courses. Students who do not fulfill this requirement will be dropped from these courses, normally before the twelfth class day.

A student majoring in journalism may not register for more than nine semester hours in journalism in one semester or summer session.

Prescribed Work

  1. English 306, 316K, and a three-semester-hour course taught in the Department of English.

  2. Two courses certified as having a substantial writing component, both of which may be taken within the College of Communication. Courses with a substantial writing component are identified in the Course Schedule.

  3. Three semester hours of coursework in the College of Communication dealing with the study of communication issues concerning at least one minority or nondominant group within the United States. Courses that fulfill this requirement are identified in the Course Schedule. They may also be used to fulfill other degree requirements. A partial list of these courses is given in this chapter.

  4. Three semester hours of fine arts, chosen from courses in art (including art history, design, studio art, visual art studies), fine arts, music (including music, instruments, ensemble), and theatre and dance.

  5. Students must complete four semesters in a single foreign language. These courses may not be taken on the pass/fail basis. The usual course sequence is 406 or 506, 407 or 507 or 508K, 312K, and 312L. Some language departments use different course numbers to designate the first four semesters of coursework; such courses may be used to fulfill this requirement if they are designed to provide first-semester- through fourth-semester-level proficiency. Any part of this requirement may be fulfilled by credit by examination.

    Students who enter the University with fewer than two high school units in a single foreign language must take the first two semesters in a foreign language without degree credit to remove their language deficiency. Students must then complete two semesters beyond those courses in the same language to fulfill their foreign language requirement.

    An extensive foreign language testing program is available at the University. Students with knowledge of a language are encouraged to take appropriate tests both to earn as much credit as possible and to be placed at the proper level for further study. Students should consult the Measurement and Evaluation Center or the department concerned for information on testing.

  6. Fifteen semester hours of social science, consisting of six hours of American history; six hours of American government, including Texas government; and three hours of anthropology, economics, geography, linguistics, psychology, or sociology.

  7. Three semester hours of mathematics.

  8. Nine semester hours of natural sciences, of which six hours (and no more than six) must be taken in one field of study. Courses must be chosen from the following fields: astronomy, biology, botany, chemistry, computer sciences, geology, marine science, microbiology, physical science, physics, and zoology. Students may fulfill this requirement by completing nine hours of coursework in the fields that are part of the Division of Biological Sciences--biology, botany, microbiology, and zoology; no more than six hours may be in a single field. For this requirement a student may take three hours of mathematics beyond those used to fulfill requirement 7.

  9. For students in the photojournalism sequence, two or three semester hours of visual design or drawing and three semester hours in survey or history of the visual arts. These courses may not also be used to fulfill requirement 4 above.

  10. At least thirty-six semester hours of upper-division coursework.

  11. No more than twelve semester hours of transfer credit in journalism may be counted toward the degree.

  12. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 120 semester hours. No more than thirty-six semester hours in one subject may be counted toward the degree, except as indicated under "Major Requirements" below.

Major Requirements

  1. Thirty-three semester hours of journalism.
  2. Journalism 310, 310K, 312, 360, and three additional hours of journalism. Journalism 321K is strongly recommended for students concentrating in public relations. Journalism 310, 310K, and 312 are prerequisite to other skills courses.
  3. One course in journalism perspectives chosen from the following: Journalism 323, 329K, 332, 352, 359, 363, 376, and 378. Students concentrating in public relations must use Journalism 363 to fulfill this requirement.
  4. Fifteen semester hours in one of the following areas of concentration. Admission to some areas requires testing, an interview, or other procedures; information about these requirements is available from the departmental adviser.
    1. Media Studies: Two courses chosen from the other areas of concentration (except media skills), including at least one introductory course; and three courses in journalism perspectives in addition to the one used to fulfill requirement 3 above.
    2. Media Skills: Four courses chosen from the other areas of concentration (except media studies), including at least one introductory course; and a course in journalism perspectives in addition to the one used to fulfill requirement 3 above.
    3. News and Public Affairs: Journalism 314, 322 (introductory course), 324, 336, and 361.
    4. Magazine Journalism: Journalism 314, 327 (introductory course), 336, 368, and 375.
    5. Photojournalism: Journalism 311K (introductory course), 324K, 325, 325K, and 370K or 371K.
    6. Public Relations: Journalism 327, 333 (introductory course), 336, 348, and 377K.
    7. Broadcast News: Journalism 322 (introductory course), 320R (Topic 1: Specialized Reporting), 320R (Topic 3: Problems of Radio News Coverage), 321K, and 343R.
  5. At least six semester hours of coursework must be taken in the College of Communication but outside the department. Students concentrating in public relations or media studies must use Communication 360 to fulfill part of this requirement. A student may count up to forty-two hours (including transfer credit) in College of Communication coursework toward the degree, if these hours include at least one course in communication sciences and disorders or speech. Otherwise, no student may count toward the degree more than thirty-nine hours (including transfer credit) in College of Communication coursework.
  6. No College of Communication course to be counted toward the degree may be taken on the pass/fail basis, unless the course is offered only on that basis.

Order and Choice of Work

First Year

  1. The student must take three courses from the following group each semester:
    1. English 306.
    2. Courses to be counted toward requirements 6, 7, and 8 of the prescribed work above. Students who plan to concentrate in photojournalism are encouraged to take courses in chemistry, physics, and mathematics to fulfill requirement 8.
    3. Courses in a foreign language.
  2. Enough additional coursework (if only three of the courses under item 1 above are taken) to raise the student's course load to fifteen or sixteen hours each semester. Courses should be chosen with the guidance of a college adviser.
First-year students may not take two beginning language courses in the same semester. First-year students may not take more than eight semester hours in one department.

Second Year

  1. The student must take three courses from the following group each semester; four are recommended:
    1. English 316K and any three-semester-hour course taught in the Department of English.
    2. Courses to be counted toward requirements 6, 7, and 8 of the prescribed work, including courses in American government or American history.
    3. Courses in the foreign language, unless the language requirement has been fulfilled.
  2. Journalism 310, 310K, and 312. Students who plan to concentrate in news and public affairs or magazine journalism should take Journalism 314 as well.
  3. Enough additional coursework, if needed, to raise the student's course load to fifteen or sixteen hours each semester. Basic courses in accounting and computer sciences are especially recommended.

Third and Fourth Years

  1. Two courses certified as having a substantial writing component.
  2. Any outstanding requirements included in the prescribed work.
  3. The remaining courses listed as major requirements for the student's area of concentration.
  4. Upper-division electives chosen to support the major. Students in the concentration in news and public affairs, for example, normally emphasize government, history, English, sociology, or psychology. Students planning a specialty, however, should select courses to support that specialty: science courses, for example, would support a specialty in science news reporting; courses in fine arts would support a specialty in critical writing. Students seeking teacher certification should consult the teacher certification officer, College of Education, for information about the courses required.

Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television-Film

To be awarded the degree of Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television-Film, the candidate must complete 120 semester hours of coursework and must fulfill the University-wide graduation requirements in this chapter, the college graduation requirements in this chapter, and the special requirements, prescribed work, and major requirements below.

Special Requirements

To enroll in upper-division radio-television-film courses, a student must have a University grade point average of at least 2.25 and a grade point average in courses in the College of Communication of at least 2.00. Students who do not fulfill this requirement will be dropped from upper-division radio-television-film courses, normally before the twelfth class day. The grade point average requirement is waived for the transfer student during the first semester of coursework, while he or she is establishing a University grade point average.

In addition, a student with a major in radio-television-film must have a grade of at least C in each course taken in the College of Communication that is counted toward the degree; if the course is offered on the pass/fail basis only, the student must have a grade of CR.

A student majoring in radio-television-film may not register for more than twelve semester hours in radio-television-film in one long-session semester or more than nine semester hours in a summer session.

Prescribed Work

  1. English 306, 316K, and a three-semester-hour course taught in the Department of English.

  2. Two courses certified as having a substantial writing component, both of which may be taken within the College of Communication. Courses with a substantial writing component are identified in the Course Schedule.

  3. Three semester hours of coursework in the College of Communication dealing with the study of communication issues concerning at least one minority or nondominant group within the United States. Courses that fulfill this requirement are identified in the Course Schedule. They may also be used to fulfill other degree requirements. A partial list of these courses is given in this chapter.

  4. Three semester hours of fine arts, chosen from courses in art (including art history, design, studio art, visual art studies), fine arts, music (including music, instruments, ensemble), and theatre and dance.

  5. Students must complete four semesters in a single foreign language. These courses may not be taken on the pass/fail basis. The usual course sequence is 406 or 506, 407 or 507 or 508K, 312K, and 312L. Some language departments use different course numbers to designate the first four semesters of coursework; such courses may be used to fulfill this requirement if they are designed to provide first-semester-level through fourth-semester-level proficiency. Any part of this requirement may be fulfilled by credit by examination.

    Students who enter the University with fewer than two high school units in a single foreign language must take the first two semesters in a foreign language without degree credit to remove their language deficiency. Students must then complete two semesters beyond those courses in the same language to fulfill their foreign language requirement.

    An extensive foreign language testing program is available at the University. Students with knowledge of a language are encouraged to take appropriate tests both to earn as much credit as possible and to be placed at the proper level for further study. Students should consult the Measurement and Evaluation Center or the department concerned for information on testing.

  6. Fifteen semester hours of social science, consisting of six hours of American history; six hours of American government, including Texas government; and three hours of anthropology, economics, geography, linguistics, psychology, or sociology.

  7. Three semester hours of mathematics.

  8. Nine semester hours of natural sciences, of which six hours (and no more than six) must be taken in one field of study. Courses must be chosen from the following fields: astronomy, biology, botany, chemistry, computer sciences, geology, marine science, microbiology, physical science, physics, and zoology. Students may fulfill this requirement by completing nine hours of coursework in the fields that are part of the Division of Biological Sciences--biology, botany, microbiology, and zoology; no more than six hours may be in a single field. For this requirement a student may take three hours of mathematics beyond those used to fulfill requirement 7.

  9. At least thirty-six semester hours of upper-division coursework.

  10. No more than twelve semester hours of transfer credit in radio-television-film may be counted toward the degree.

  11. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 120 semester hours. No more than thirty-six semester hours in one subject may be counted toward the degree.

Major Requirements

  1. At least thirty but no more than thirty-six semester hours of radio-television-film, of which at least eighteen hours must be upper-division. All students must take Radio-Television-Film 305 and nine additional hours of lower-division coursework.

  2. The Department of Radio-Television-Film offers a diverse curriculum. Each student may design an individual program of study by choosing courses from one or more of the following principal areas: production, critical and cultural studies, and mass communication/international/new technology studies; production courses are divided into intensive and open courses. All upper-division courses (except Radio-Television-Film 345) require Radio-Television-Film 305 as a prerequisite. Since upper-division courses in each of the areas require specific additional lower-division prerequisites, students should choose their lower-division courses with care. Upper-division courses in each area, and their prerequisites, are

    1. Production area:

      Intensive area: Radio-Television-Film 331P, 331R, 333P, 338, 340, 341, 341C, 343, 344, 346, 346C, 351, 351C, 366, 367K, and 367L.

      Open area: Radio-Television-Film 330L, 331L, 333, 337, 337P, 367K, and 369.

      The prerequisite for most production courses is Radio-Television-Film 305, 317, 318, and three additional semester hours of lower-division coursework. Students in the intensive production area must take two upper-division nonproduction radio-television-film courses.

    2. Critical and cultural studies area: Radio-Television-Film 331K, 333, 335, 345, 359, 365K, 369, and 370. The prerequisite for most of these courses is Radio-Television-Film 305, either 314 or 316, and six additional semester hours of lower-division coursework.

    3. Mass communication/international/new technology studies area: Radio-Television-Film 330K, 331M, 331N, 331P, 334, 342, 347C, 348, 365, and 365M. The prerequisite for most of these courses is Radio-Television-Film 305 and nine additional semester hours of lower-division coursework.

  3. At least six semester hours of coursework must be taken in the College of Communication but outside the department. However, no student may count toward the degree more than forty-two hours (including transfer credit) in College of Communication coursework.

  4. No College of Communication course to be counted toward the degree may be taken on the pass/fail basis, unless the course is offered only on that basis.

Order and Choice of Work

First Year

  1. The student must take three courses from the following group each semester:
    1. English 306.
    2. Courses to be counted toward requirements 6, 7, and 8 of the prescribed work.
    3. Courses in a foreign language.
  2. Radio-Television-Film 305 and one of the following: Radio-Television-Film 309, 312C, 314, 316, 316M.
  3. Enough additional coursework to raise the student's course load to fifteen or sixteen hours each semester. Courses should be chosen with the guidance of a college adviser.
First-year students may not take two beginning language courses in the same semester. First-year students may not take more than eight semester hours in one department.

Second Year

  1. The student must take three courses from the following group each semester; four are recommended:
    1. English 316K and any three-semester-hour course taught in the Department of English.
    2. Courses to be counted toward requirements 6, 7, and 8 of the prescribed work, including courses in American government or American history.
    3. Courses in the foreign language, unless the language requirement has been fulfilled.
  2. Two lower-division courses in radio-television-film, including those that are prerequisite to the area(s) in which the student plans to take upper-division courses. During completion of the final two lower-division courses, the student should begin applying for consent to enroll in upper-division radio-television-film courses as described in this chapter.
  3. Enough additional coursework, if needed, to raise the student's course load to fifteen or sixteen hours each semester.

Third and Fourth Years

  1. Two courses certified as having a substantial writing component.
  2. Any outstanding requirements included in the prescribed work.
  3. Eighteen to twenty-four semester hours of upper-division coursework in radio-television-film. Students interested in the study of ethnic and minority group issues in communication may wish to take Radio-Television-Film 359 (Topic 1: Hispanic Images and Counterimages), 365 (Topic: Hispanic Audiences and Contemporary Issues), or 365 (Topic: Mass Communication and Ethnic Groups). Students interested in writing for media should take Radio-Television-Film 333 and 369.
  4. Enough additional coursework to raise the student's course load to fifteen or sixteen hours each semester.

Bachelor of Science in Speech

To be awarded the degree of Bachelor of Science in Speech, the candidate must complete 120 semester hours of coursework and fulfill the University-wide graduation requirements in chapter 1, the college graduation requirements in this chapter, and the special requirements, prescribed work, and major requirements below.

Special Requirements

To enroll in upper-division speech courses, a student must have a University grade point average of at least 2.25 and a grade point average in courses in the College of Communication of at least 2.00. Students who do not fulfill this requirement will be dropped from upper-division speech courses, normally before the twelfth class day. This requirement is waived for the transfer student during the first semester of coursework, while he or she is establishing a University grade point average.

In addition, a student with a major in speech must have a grade of at least C in each course taken in the College of Communication that is counted toward the degree; if the course is offered on the pass/fail basis only, the student must have a grade of CR.

A student majoring in speech may not register for more than nine semester hours of speech in one semester or summer session.

Prescribed Work

  1. English 306, 316K, and a three-semester-hour course taught in the Department of English.

  2. Two courses certified as having a substantial writing component, both of which may be taken within the College of Communication. Courses with a substantial writing component are identified in the Course Schedule.

  3. Three semester hours of coursework in the College of Communication dealing with the study of communication issues concerning at least one minority or nondominant group within the United States. Courses that fulfill this requirement are identified in the Course Schedule. They may also be used to fulfill other degree requirements. A partial list of these courses is given in this chapter.

  4. Three semester hours of fine arts, chosen from courses in art (including art history, design, studio art, visual art studies), fine arts, music (including music, instruments, ensemble), and theatre and dance.

  5. Students must complete four semesters in a single foreign language. These courses may not be taken on the pass/fail basis. The usual course sequence is 406 or 506, 407 or 507 or 508K, 312K, and 312L. Some language departments use different course numbers to designate the first four semesters of coursework; such courses may be used to fulfill this requirement if they are designed to provide first-semester-level through fourth-semester-level proficiency. Any part of this requirement may be fulfilled by credit by examination.

    Students who enter the University with fewer than two high school units in a single foreign language must take the first two semesters in a foreign language without degree credit to remove their language deficiency. Students must then complete two semesters beyond those courses in the same language to fulfill their foreign language requirement.

    An extensive foreign language testing program is available at the University. Students with knowledge of a language are encouraged to take appropriate tests both to earn as much credit as possible and to be placed at the proper level for further study. Students should consult the Measurement and Evaluation Center or the department concerned for information on testing.

  6. Fifteen semester hours of social science, consisting of six hours of American history; six hours of American government, including Texas government; and three hours of anthropology, economics, geography, linguistics, psychology, or sociology.

  7. Three semester hours of mathematics.

  8. Nine semester hours of natural sciences, of which six hours (and no more than six) must be taken in one field of study. Courses must be chosen from the following fields: astronomy, biology, botany, chemistry, computer sciences, geology, marine science, microbiology, physical science, physics, and zoology. Students may fulfill this requirement by completing nine hours of coursework in the fields that are part of the Division of Biological Sciences--biology, botany, microbiology, and zoology; no more than six hours may be in a single field. For this requirement a student may take three hours of mathematics beyond those used to fulfill requirement 7.

  9. At least thirty-six semester hours of upper-division coursework.

  10. No more than twelve semester hours of transfer credit in speech may be counted toward the degree.

  11. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 120 semester hours. No more than thirty-six semester hours in one subject may be counted toward the degree.

Major Requirements

  1. Each student must complete one of the following tracks:

    1. Speech Communication Studies

      At least thirty but no more than thirty-six semester hours of speech, of which at least fifteen hours must be upper-division. The following courses are required:

      1. Speech 305.
      2. Speech 305K or 315M.
      3. Speech 310K, 313, or 316L.
      4. Nine semester hours chosen from the following courses: Speech 320L, 332, 332K, 334K, 348K, and 350K.
      5. Twelve semester hours chosen from the following courses: Speech 210, 310K, 211L, 313, 316L, 317C, 320L, 324K, 331K, 332, 332K, 334K, 340K, 342K, 345K, 348K, 350K, 350M, 352, 355K, 356, 358, 359H, 361K, 362K, 364, 365K, 366K, 367, 370K, 370L, 378K, and 379H.

    2. Corporate Communication Studies

      At least thirty-three but no more than thirty-six semester hours of speech. The following courses are required:

      1. Speech 310K, 316L, 319, 350K, 370K, and 370L.
      2. Speech 317C, 332, or 332K.
      3. Six semester hours chosen from the following courses: Speech 331K, 350M, 352, and the following topics of 367: Applied Interpersonal Communication; Communication and Business Ethics; Communication and New Technologies; Communication, Cooperation, and Conflict; Mediation; Organizational Communication in a Changing Society.
      4. Six semester hours chosen from the following courses: Speech 315M, 320L, 324K, 334K, 340K, 342K, 345K, 348K, 355K, 356, 358, 359H, 361K, 362K, 364, 365K, 366K, 378K, 379H, and the following topics of 367: African American Performance History; Language and Culture; Legal Communication; Performance, Drama and Film.

  2. At least six semester hours of coursework must be taken in the College of Communication but outside the major. However, no student may count toward the degree more than forty-two semester hours (including transfer credit) in College of Communication coursework.

  3. No College of Communication course to be counted toward the degree may be taken on the pass/fail basis, unless the course is offered only on that basis.

Order and Choice of Work

First Year

  1. The student must take three courses from the following group each semester:
    1. English 306.
    2. Courses to be counted toward requirements 6, 7, and 8 of the prescribed work.
    3. Courses in a foreign language.
  2. Enough additional coursework (if only three of the courses under item 1 above are taken) to raise the student's course load to fifteen or sixteen hours each semester. Courses should be chosen with the guidance of a college adviser.
First-year students may not take two beginning language courses in the same semester. First-year students may not take more than eight semester hours in one department.

Second Year

  1. The student must take three courses from the following group each semester; four are recommended:
    1. English 316K and any three-semester-hour course taught in the Department of English.
    2. Courses to be counted toward requirements 6, 7, and 8 of the prescribed work, including courses in American government or American history.
    3. Courses in the foreign language, unless the language requirement has been fulfilled.
  2. Lower-division speech courses recommended by the student's adviser.
  3. Enough additional coursework, if needed, to raise the student's course load to fifteen or sixteen hours each semester.

Third and Fourth Years

  1. Two courses certified as having a substantial writing component.
  2. Any outstanding requirements included in the prescribed work.
  3. The remaining courses listed as major requirements. Students should note that some upper-division courses have a series of prerequisites that take up to three semesters to complete.
  4. Enough additional coursework to raise the student's course load to fifteen or sixteen hours each semester.

Secondary School Teacher Certification

Students seeking a degree in speech and a teaching certificate should fulfill the major requirements above by taking courses that also fulfill the certification requirements of the Texas Education Agency and should take the College of Education courses required for certification as electives. These students must have their course schedules approved each semester by the appropriate adviser in the Department of Speech Communication. Students with approved courses will be recommended for student teaching in the senior year.

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