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Eugene S. Pulliam School of Journalism

Journalism Major/Minor

A degree in journalism prepares students to produce professional quality stories and programming for a variety of audiences in a variety of media formats.  

In the process, students will develop professional skills, competencies and knowledge in:

  • Source development, interviewing, observation reporting, documentary/public records research and investigation
  • Critical analysis, skeptical thinking, complex reasoning and evaluation
  • Writing, visual communication and design, audio/video communication, on-camera delivery and online/interactive communication
  • Multimedia software programs appropriate to the field
  • Team-building and collaboration
  • Professional, ethical and legal standards and responsibilities of the field
  • Application of relevant analytical and theoretical frameworks to the practice of the discipline in the U.S. and around the globe.


For course descriptions, visit the online Class Search.

Journalism Major

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

  • JR 112, Newswriting: Print (3)
  • JR 113, Newswriting: Electronic (3)
  • CME 106, Survey of Digital Media (3)
  • JR 212, Multimedia Journalism 1 (3)
  • JR 213, Electronic Journalism (3)
  • JR 312, Multimedia Journalism 2 (3)
  • JR 311, Visual Storytelling or JR 313, Advanced Reporting for Electronic Media (3)
  • JR 412, In-Depth Journalism (3)
  • JR 409, Media Economics & Regulation (3)
  • JR 414, Mass Communication Law (3) 
  • JR 417, Global Media or JR418, Gender and News: Global Views (3)
  • JR 420, Mass Communication Ethics (3)
  • JR 440/441, Media Internship (3)

Three electives from approved list:

  • JR235, Digital Journalism
  • JR309, Feature Writing
  • JR310, Producing Television News
  • JR315, News Photography
  • JR316, News Photography 2
  • JR317, Editorial Writing
  • JR355, Sports Journalism
  • JR357, Web Design
  • JR358, Perspectives in Sports Media
  • JR407, Sportscasting
  • JR415, History and Literature of Journalism
  • JR416, Mass Communications in Society
  • JR427, Special Topics in Journalism – in the past topics have included: Journalism in Film Newsroom Leadership & Management, Magazine Journalism, News and Media Art, Intro to Sports Media
  • CME102, Media Aesthetics and Basic Studio Production Technique
  • CME208, Multimedia Graphics
  • CME215, Fundamentals of Videography and Video Editing
  • CME219, Design for the World Wide Web
  • CME306, Multimedia Design and Production
  • CME319, Advanced Web Development (prerequisite CME 219)


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.

Journalism Minor

Students interested in a minor in Journalism will take:

  • JR 112, Newswriting: Print (3)
  • JR 113, Newswriting: Electronic (3)
  • JR 212, Multimedia Journalism 1 (3)
  • JR 213, Electronic Journalism (3)
  • JR311 Visual Storytelling, or JR 312, Multimedia Journalism 2, or JR313 Advanced Reporting for Electronic Media (3)

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

  • JR 409, Media Economics and Regulation (3)
  • JR 412, In-Depth Journalism (3)
  • JR 414, Mass Communication Law (3)
  • JR 417, Global Media (3)
  • JR 418, Gender and News: Global Views (3)
  • JR 420, Mass Communication 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 and speak with their advisor regularly for detailed information regarding their specific degree requirements and their progress toward degree completion.