Journalism Major & Minor

As a Butler Journalism student, you’ll be at work—day one. Our digitally focused degree features hands-on coursework built around an extensive off-campus field experience in addition to traditional classroom activities. With the Indianapolis metro area as your reporting lab, you will be able to produce and publish professional quality journalism that integrates audio, video, visual, and interactive technologies and social media with audience-based writing.

COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATION REQUIREMENTS

126 Total Credit Hours (Includes Butler University Core Requirements)

  • COM 101—Rhetoric and the American Democratic Tradition
  • SW 266-CCM—Media Literacy
  • Foreign Language of Choice (3 credit hours at 204 level or above)
  • Communication & Culture course (selected from approved list)
  • Second major, minor or concentration area required

Description of Journalism Major (JR) – Major 48 Required Credit Hours

JR students obtain rich, hands-on education in multimedia journalism that includes required coursework in audio, video, digital, print, visual and social media, as well as, extensive on-the-ground reporting experience in the nation’s 12th largest city and 26th largest media market.

JOURNALISM MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Required Courses

  • JR 112—Introduction to Multimedia Journalism
  • JR 210—Reporting and Writing
  • JR 213—Broadcast Journalism
  • JR 312—Multimedia Journalism
  • JR 313—Advanced Broadcast Reporting
  • JR 325—Gender and News: Global Views
  • CCM 330—Representations of Race and Difference
  • JR 411—Multimedia Newsroom
  • JR 412W—In-depth Journalism
  • JR 414—Media Law
  • JR 417—Global Media
  • JR 420—Media Ethics
  • JR 440—Media Internship
  • COM 480—Media Entrepreneurship

Two Approved Electives

  • JR 112—Introduction to Multimedia Journalism
  • JR 309—Feature Writing
  • WDD 108—Multimedia Graphics
  • JR 317—Opinion Writing and Reviews
  • WDD 219—Design for the World Wide Web
  • JR 355—Sports Journalism
  • WDD 306—Multimedia Design and Production
  • SPM 405—Sports Newsroom
  • WDD 319—The User Experience
  • SPM 458—Perspectives in Sports Media
  • CME 411—Entertainment Criticism
  • JR 427—Special Topics in JR
  • CME 209—Basic Studio Production
  • CME 109—Fundamentals of Videography & Video Editing

Description of  Journalism (JR) Minor

JR students obtain rich, hands-on education in multimedia journalism that includes required coursework in audio, video, digital, print, visual and social media, as well as, extensive on-the-ground reporting experience in the nation’s 12th largest city and 26th largest media market.

MINOR REQUIREMENTS
Total for JR Minor 18 hours

  • JR 112—Introduction to Multimedia Journalism
  • JR 113—Introduction to Broadcast Journalism
  • JR 210—Reporting and Writing
  • JR 213—Broadcast Journalism
  • JR 312—Multimedia Journalism OR
  • JR 313—Advanced Broadcast Journalism

One 300/400-level course from the following:

  • JR 325—Gender and News: Global Views
  • JR 409—Media Economics and Regulation
  • JR 412 (W)—In-depth Journalism
  • JR 414—Media Law
  • JR 417—Global Media
  • JR 420 (C)—Media Ethics

The information found on this website with respect to major/minor/program requirements is primarily directed at providing prospective students a general roadmap of the curriculum. Current Butler students are expected to review their degree audit report at my.butler.edu and speak with their advisor regularly for detailed information regarding their specific degree requirements and their progress toward degree completion.