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Eugene S. Pulliam School of Journalism

Journalism Major/Minor

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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.

Major in Journalism

Students choosing Journalism as their major will be required to fulfill 48 credit hours within the major. Required courses include:

  • JR 112, Introduction to News Writing and Reporting (3)
  • JR 113, Introduction to Broadcast Journalism (3)
  • JR 210, Reporting and Writing (3)
  • JR 213 Broadcast Journalism (3)
  • JR 213, Electronic Journalism (3)
  • JR 312, Multimedia Journalism (3)
  • JR 313, Advanced Broadcast Reporting (3)
  • JR 325, Gender and News: Global Views (3)
  • JR 411, Multimedia Newsroom (3)
  • JR 409, Media Economics and Regulation (3) 
  • JR 412 (W), In-depth Journalism (3)
  • JR 414, Media Law (3)
  • JR 417, Global Media (3)
  • JR 420 (C), Media Ethics (3)
  • JR 440, Media Internship (3)

Two electives from approved list:

  • JR 235, Digital Journalism (3)
  • JR 309, Feature Writing (3)
  • JR 310, Producing Television News (3)
  • JR 315, News Photography (3)
  • JR 316, News Photography 2 (3)
  • JR 317, Opinion Writing and Reviews (3)
  • JR 355, Sports Journalism (3)
  • JR 357, Web Design (3)
  • JR 407, Sportscasting (3)
  • JR 415, History and Literature of Journalism (3)
  • JR 416, Mass Communications in Society (3)
  • JR 427, Special Topics in JR (3) – in the past topics have included: Journalism in Film, Newsroom Leadership and Management, Magazine Journalism, News and Media Art and Intro to Sports Media
  • CME 102, Media Aesthetics & Basic Studio Production Technique (3)
  • CME 109,  Fundamentals of Videography and Video Editing (3)
  • CME 209, Basic Studio Production (3)
  • CME 411, Entertainment Criticism (3)
  • SPM 405, Sports Newsroom (3)
  • SPM 458, Perspectives in Sports Media (3)
  • SPM 480, Media Entrepreneurship (3)
  • WDD 208, Multimedia Graphics (3)
  • WDD 219, Design for the World Wide Web (3)
  • WDD 306, Multimedia Design and Production (3)
  • WDD 319, The User Experience (3)

In addition, students will be required to satisfy the Butler University Core curriculum as well as the CCOM requirements of Public Speaking, Media Literacy, Communication & Culture, and Foreign Language (6 hours at the 200 or above level).

A minor (recommended) or concentration is required, comprising 12 hours. A second major also fulfills this requirement.

Additional hours of free electives, combined with the above, to complete the 126 hours needed for graduation.

Minor in Journalism

Students interested in a minor in Journalism will fulfill 18 credit hours. Required courses include::

  • JR 112, Introduction to News Writing and Reporting (3)
  • JR 113, Introduction to Broadcast Journalism (3)
  • JR 210, Reporting and Writing(3)
  • JR 213, Broadcast Journalism (3)
  • JR 312, Multimedia Journalism or JR 313, Advanced Broadcast Journalism (3)

In addition, one course from the following options is required:

  • JR 325, Gender and News: Global Views (3)
  • JR 409, Media Economics and Regulation (3)
  • JR 412 (W), In-depth Journalism (3)
  • JR 414, Media Law (3)
  • JR 417, Global Media (3)
  • JR 420 (C), Media Ethics (3)

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.

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