Our students will:
- write in clear, concise English.
- understand how to craft messages in ways appropriate for specific audiences.
- research critically, filter the results and present them in a cogent manner.
- have a practical understanding of their chosen field of work.
- integrate broad-based learning into their professional activities.
- understand that with their power as communicators comes a moral and ethical responsibility.
- understand the meaning of citizenship in the context of their professional activities and their personal lives.
- recognize and overcome biases, prejudices and limited viewpoints (including their own) so that they can communicate effectively in a diverse world.
All journalism and mass communication majors take 21 credit hours of required courses plus 12 credit hours of courses based on individual interests. Each student is assigned a faculty adviser who will review the student's program. An acceptable senior capstone project and the completion of 400 internship hours are additional requirements for graduation.
JMC 499. Senior Capstone is worth three credits and receives a letter grade. Students complete their capstone project in their senior year under the supervision of a capstone adviser. The student must demonstrate the skills needed for independent study.
Students complete internship requirements totaling 400 hours both on and off campus under the guidance of the JMC internship coordinator. Majors receive three credits for their total internship hours through the required course. Internship Opportunities
Majors are eligible for the Washington Semester Program in a formal arrangement with American University. The program carries 12 credits including internship hours. Majors may also consider St. Bonaventure's study-abroad programs or Oxford Summer Program.
The school's skills courses are taught in computer labs, a broadcast journalism studio, and in a remote TV production facility. Current SBU students who wish to change their major to JMC must first pass a language skills test.
The following table summarizes all requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in journalism/mass communication. For an overview of a particular course, click on its title. Our Course Descriptions page lists all JMC courses. For one possible breakdown of the JMC major by semester, see the Plan of Study.
Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in
* The foreign language must be at the level of 202 or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in language that will count as general electives.
† The Clare College curriculum also includes a three-credit quantitative reasoning requirement. JMC majors satisfy this requirement by passing any of the courses listed in the above table under Quantitative Reasoning.
Minor in Journalism and Mass Communication
A minor for non-majors includes the completion of 21 credits distributed as follows: 15 credits of the four required courses of JMC 101, JMC 110, JMC 111, JMC 201, and JMC 202; plus 6 credits from non-required areas, such as broadcasting, magazine, newspaper, public relations or advertising.
To see the title of a course in the plan of study below, simply pass the cursor over the course's number. To see an overview of a course, click on its number. A list of all JMC courses is found on our Course Descriptions page.
* The modern language requirement must be at the level of 202 or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses. Those additional courses will count as general electives.
** The School of Journalism and Mass Communication recommends, but does not require, ENG 230 (Public Speaking) and ENG 221 (American Literature II).
*** The history elective must be a 300- or 400-level course.
**** Can be taken anytime after the first year.
Changes in the sequence of the plan of study above may be desirable. These must be made in consultation with the student's academic adviser.