Convergent Journalism and Public Relations (Bachelor of Science, B.S.)

Convergent Journalism and Public Relations blends broadcast, print, photography and web media coverage across platforms. Students learn to create written, visual and broadcast packages, using more than one outlet to tell the story.

Convergent Journalism and Public Relations graduates are in demand as the ever-changing media landscape needs professionals who can integrate traditional, digital and social media to create powerful interactive content across platforms.

Students who choose this bachelor degree program will have no more than 6 years from admission or subsequent declaration to meet the requirements listed below. If certification, accreditation or statutory requirements change and additional requirements become effective during this time, the new requirements take precedence.

General Studies
Students must complete General Studies courses42
Major Requirements
COM 205Introduction to Mass Media3
COM 210Presentational Communication3
COM 215Introduction to Public Relations3
or JOU 202 Reporting for the Media
COM 305Interpersonal Communication3
COM 311Crisis and Risk Communication3
COM 342Intercultural Communication3
COM 410Organizational Communication3
COM 415Public Relations Campaigns3
or JOU 428 Multimedia Storytelling
COM 420Research Methods in Communication3
COM 460Internship3
COM 482Public Relations Writing3
or JOU 322 Advanced Reporting
ENG 303Grammar for Writing and Editing3
JOU 104Digital Photography3
JOU 204Digital Videography3
JOU 227Media Design3
JOU 311Griffon Media6
JOU 324Web Content and Design3
JOU 402Senior Project3
JOU 403Media Law and Ethics3
JOU 432Social Media Branding3

Program Graduation Requirements

  1. No more than one D is 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.