Convergent Journalism (Bachelor of Science, B.S.)

The Bachelor of Science in Convergent Journalism meets the growing demand for media professionals trained to integrate traditional print and broadcast media into interactive, online environments. Students will learn the fundamentals of each medium - print, video, and online - in order to bring together these various media for powerful, interactive publications.

General Studies
Students must complete General Studies courses42-47
Major Requirements
Select one of the following:3
Elementary French I
Elementary Spanish I
Elementary German I
Select one of the following:3
Elementary French II
Elementary Spanish II
Elementary German II
COM 205Introduction to Mass Media3
COM 227Interviewing Principles and Practices3
JOU 104Introduction to Digital Photography3
JOU 202Reporting for the Media3
JOU 204Introduction to Video Journalism3
Select two of the following: 14
Journalism Lab: Newspaper Production
Journalism Lab: Yearbook / Magazine Production
Journalism Lab: Newspaper Management
Journalism Lab: Yearbook Management
JOU 214Journalism Lab: Broadcast Production2
JOU 224Web Content and Design3
JOU 302Advanced Media Reporting3
JOU 303Media Law and Ethics3
JOU 304Advanced Audio and Video Journalism3
JOU 308Copy Editing3
JOU 314Selected Topics in Journalism3
JOU 316Internship in Journalism3
JOU 327Publication Design3
JOU 328Multimedia Authoring3
JOU 401Senior Portfolio 21
JOU 402Senior Project in Convergent Media 33
Select three credit hours of Communication courses numbered 300 or higher3
1

Students may take: JOU 210 Journalism Lab: Newspaper Production and JOU 212 Journalism Lab: Yearbook / Magazine ProductionJOU 210 Journalism Lab: Newspaper Production twice; JOU 212 Journalism Lab: Yearbook / Magazine Production twice; JOU 210 Journalism Lab: Newspaper Production and JOU 310 Journalism Lab: Newspaper Management; OR JOU 212 Journalism Lab: Yearbook / Magazine Production and JOU 312 Journalism Lab: Yearbook Management for a total of 4 credit hours.

2

Must be completed during the semester of graduation, except for Summer graduates who must complete the course in Spring semester prior to graduation.

3

Must be completed during one of the last two semesters prior to graduation.

Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 124 credit hours, including 60 from a senior college (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. No more than one D permitted in major coursework.
  6. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.
  7. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.