Applied Communications and Journalism (Bachelor of Science, B.S.)

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Applied Communications and Journalism blends broadcast, print, photography, presentations, and web media. Students learn to create written, visual, and broadcast content, using more than one outlet to communicate a story or a message.

Applied Communications and Journalism graduates are in demand as the ever-changing media and workplace landscapes need professionals who can integrate traditional, digital, and social media to create powerful interactive content.

General Studies
students must complete general studies courses/42
Major Requirements
COM 210Presentational Communication3
COM 305Interpersonal Communication3
COM 342Intercultural Communication3
COM 420Research Methods in Communication3
COM 460Internship3
ENG 303Grammar for Writing and Editing3
ENG 415Proposal and Grant Writing3
JOU 104Digital Photography3
JOU 202Reporting for the Media3
JOU 204Digital Videography3
JOU 311Griffon Media 16
JOU 322Advanced Reporting3
JOU 324Web Content and Design3
JOU 428Multimedia Storytelling3
JOU 432Social Media Branding3

Students must take 2 semesters of JOU 311.

Program Graduation Requirements

  1. No more than two Ds are permitted in the major.
  2. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.

University Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours (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. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
  6. Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam.