The Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism is designed to prepare students for a variety of career positions, including news reporting and editing, producing, writing, and photojournalism. The objective of the major in journalism is to teach students professional and theoretical concepts and to develop their technical skills to enable them to be productive and responsible contributors in the field of journalism. The program emphasizes the basics of reporting, writing, editing, design, photography and multimedia. Professional preparation also requires an understanding of the historical, ethical and social responsibility of journalism. The school strives to achieve an integration of practice and theory in its courses.
The faculty strongly believes students should have a broad cultural education in the humanities and social sciences to complement their professional preparation so that they can serve society, as well as their own self-interests, productively and responsibly.
Journalism BA Degree Requirements (120 hours)
Journalism BA Semester Guide
Availability: Hattiesburg Campus
Program Academic Policies and Requirements:
- See University Academic Policies and Requirements
- Minimum grade of C or higher required in major coursework.
- Minimum program GPA of 2.5 is required.
- Students majoring in journalism are required to have a minor and may not pursue minors in public relations and advertising.
- Journalism majors and minors are required to own a specifically equipped laptop computer. Specifications are available through the school website.
Internship: The optional internship course (MCJ 429 ) provides supervised experiential learning in a professional setting. Eligible students must submit an internship application prior to the midpoint of the semester preceding the requested internship. Students should meet with the school’s internship coordinator to discuss internship options.
Accreditation: The program is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC).