Degree Requirements

2022 - 2023 Catalog

We have the following degrees:

Journalism major leading to BA degree

A major in journalism leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of at least 53 credits, including at least 35 credits in journalism and mass communications, and at least 72 credits outside the department.

  1. Courses required for the major: JOUR 101, 190, 201, 202, 258, 301, 344, 356, POL 203, and at least two credits of internship (JOUR 451-452)
  2. Diversity of Experience: Take one course chosen from the following: ECON 231, 232, 233; ENGL 262, 359, 361, 366; HIST 253, 260, 268; JOUR 266, 268; PHIL 235, 238, 242, 243, 244, 254; POL 250, 255, 292; POV 101; SOAN 228, 268, 280, or when appropriate, CBSC 296; students may also petition the department head for approval of another course that meets this requirement.
  3. Completion of one of the following sequences:

a. Journalism

i. One course chosen from JOUR 280, 371, 372, 395
ii. One course chosen from JOUR 208, 220, 230 or 341
iii. Either JOUR 351 or 362
iv. Completion of a minor other than mass communications or of four additional courses of at least three credits at the 200 level or above in another discipline.

b. Business Journalism

i. Additional required courses: ACCT 100 or 201, JOUR 371, 372
ii. ECON 100 or both ECON 101 and 102 (by the end of the sophomore year),
iii. Either JOUR 351 or 362
iv. One additional course in economics at the 200 level or above
v. Three additional courses of at least three credits at the 200 level or above in accounting, business administration, or economics, including one course with an international focus selected from among the following: BUS 305, 330, 333, 335, 337, 357, 390; ECON 233, 259, 270, 271, 280, 288, 356, and, when appropriate, ECON 295, ECON 395, or other courses with approval of the department head

  1. Courses required for the major:
  2. Diversity of Experience:
  3. Take one course chosen from the following:

  4. Completion of one of the following sequences:
    • Journalism
      • Take one course chosen from:
      • Take one course chosen from:
      • Take either:
      • Completion of a minor other than mass communications or of four additional courses of at least three credits at the 200 level or above in another discipline.
    • Business Journalism
      • Additional required courses:
        • ACCT 100 - Introduction to Accounting
          Credits3

          An introduction to accounting for both internal and external purposes. Students cover the fundamental principles of financial accounting (external) and an introduction to how companies process financial information in order to disclose it to the public. The course also investigates how managers prepare information for internal purposes (managerial accounting). Financial accounting is guided by external requirements, while managerial accounting generally is not.


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      • Take (by the end of the sophomore year):
      • Take either:
      • One additional course in economics at the 200 level or above
      • Three additional courses of at least three credits at the 200 level or above in:

        accounting, business administration, or economics, including one course with an international focus selected from among the following:

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        • and, when appropriate,

        • ECON 295 - Special Topics in Economics
          Credits3-4
          PrerequisiteECON 100 or both ECON 101 and ECON 102

          Course emphasis and prerequisites change from term to term and are announced prior to preregistration. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different. A maximum of nine credits chosen from all special topics in economics courses may be used, with permission of the department head, toward requirements for the economics major.

          Fall 2021, ECON 295A-01: Special Topics in Economics: Economy of Latin America (3). Prerequisite: ECON 100 or both ECON 101 and 102. Why were many Latin American countries, which started with levels of development similar to those of the U.S. and Canada, not able to keep up? This course reviews the historic and contemporary economic issues and development in the Latin America and Caribbean region. We will start with the policies, both domestic and foreign, undertaken during the colonial and post-Independence periods and see what effects they still have today. Next, we examine the post-WWII period, exploring subjects like the import substitution of the 1970s, the debt crises of the 1980s, and the structural reforms of the 1990s. Finally, we will look at the current state of the region, emphasizing the new macroeconomic challenges and contemporary domestic social problems. Topics discussed include income inequality and poverty, inflation, macroeconomic populism, dollarization, and the more recent debt crises and restructurings. Alvarez.

          Fall 2021, ECON 295A-02: Special Topics in Economics: Economy of Latin America (3). Prerequisite: ECON 100 or both ECON 101 and 102. Why were many Latin American countries, which started with levels of development similar to those of the U.S. and Canada, not able to keep up? This course reviews the historic and contemporary economic issues and development in the Latin America and Caribbean region. We will start with the policies, both domestic and foreign, undertaken during the colonial and post-Independence periods and see what effects they still have today. Next, we examine the post-WWII period, exploring subjects like the import substitution of the 1970s, the debt crises of the 1980s, and the structural reforms of the 1990s. Finally, we will look at the current state of the region, emphasizing the new macroeconomic challenges and contemporary domestic social problems. Topics discussed include income inequality and poverty, inflation, macroeconomic populism, dollarization, and the more recent debt crises and restructurings. Alvarez.

          Fall 2021, ECON 295B-01: Special Topics in Economics: Behavioral and Experimental Economics (3). Prerequisite: ECON 100 or ECON 101. The aim of the course will be to understand the notions of human behavior in everyday lives and its impact on markets. We will be taking the help of psychological insights to decipher why we overthink a bad outcome while undermining the possibility of a good outcome, what role does bias play when we place our bets in a casino or how do we create expectations in our minds regarding tomorrow's prices. We will be discussing policy prescriptions and analyzing case studies on how small changes in the environment can change human behavior so drastically. We will discuss the fundamentals of conducting laboratory and online experiments, which are valuable skill sets. Upadhyay.

          Fall 2021, ECON 295B-02: Special Topics in Economics: Behavioral and Experimental Economics (3). Prerequisite: ECON 100 or ECON 101. The aim of the course will be to understand the notions of human behavior in everyday lives and its impact on markets. We will be taking the help of psychological insights to decipher why we overthink a bad outcome while undermining the possibility of a good outcome, what role does bias play when we place our bets in a casino or how do we create expectations in our minds regarding tomorrow's prices. We will be discussing policy prescriptions and analyzing case studies on how small changes in the environment can change human behavior so drastically. We will discuss the fundamentals of conducting laboratory and online experiments, which are valuable skill sets. Upadhyay.


        • ECON 395 - Special Topics in Economics
          Credits3-4
          PrerequisiteECON 203

          Course emphasis and prerequisites change from term to term and will be announced prior to preregistration. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different. A maximum of nine credits chosen from all special topics in economics courses may be used, with permission of the department head, toward requirements for the economics major.

          Fall 2021, ECON 395A-01: Special Topics in Economics: Environmental Valuation (3). Prerequisite: ECON 203. This course focuses on advanced knowledge of environmental valuation techniques and how it can be used to inform policy decisions. Both theoretical models and empirical work are discussed. Work includes critiquing literature in the area of environmental valuation and empirical assignments. Kahn.

          Fall 2021, ECON 395B-01: Special Topics in Economics: Experimental Economics: Understanding Human Behavior (3). Prerequisites: ECON 210 and ECON 203 or instructor consent as co-requisite. This course focuses on understanding human behavior in response to stimuli. For example, why does the appearance of Tiger Woods in a Nike commercial instill customer faith? Why are consumers confused by the long aisle of breakfast cereals at Walmart? Theoretical and experimental studies of human behavior rely heavily on Economics and Psychology and have answered many such interesting questions. Firms have noticed this research, and have responded with novel marketing decisions. Other actors have also noticed. For example, the research has influenced government advertisements aimed at increasing vaccination rates, lowering public smoking, saving electricity, etc. Students become familiar with state-of-the-art research methodology in experimental economics, where they learn to conduct their own research projects by participating and designing experiments. Students also learn how to describe and interpret well-known results in experimental economics, alongside analyzing and critiquing experimental designs. Upadhyay .


        • and other courses with approval of the department head

Strategic Communication major leading to a BA degree

A major in strategic communication leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of at least 51 credits, including at least 27 credits in journalism and mass communications and at least 72 credits outside the department.

1. Courses required for the major: JOUR 101, 190, 201, 227, 273, 301, 330, 345
2. Statistics: Either DCI 202 or SOAN 218
3. Diversity of Experience: Take one course chosen from the following: ENGL 262, 359, 361, 366; HIST 253, 260, 268; JOUR 266, 268; PHIL 235, 238, 242, 243, 244, 254; POL 250, 255, 292; POV 101; SOAN 228, 268, 280; or, when appropriate, CBSC 296; students may also petition the department head for approval of another course that meets this requirement.
4. Take either: JOUR 202 or BUS 321
5. One course chosen from: JOUR 220, 230, 341, 351, 362, 365, 371, 372
6. One course chosen from: JOUR 325; BUS 370, 371
7. Two credits of internship from: JOUR 451, 452, 461, 462
8. Completion of a minor other than mass communications or of four additional courses of at least three credits at the 200 level or above in another discipline.
9. Completion of a portfolio in the senior year for assessment.

  1. Courses required for the major:
  2. Statistics:
  3. Take either

  4. Diversity of Experience:
  5. Take one course chosen from the following:

  6. Take either:
  7. One course chosen from:
  8. One course chosen from:
  9. Two credits of internship from:
  10. Completion of a minor other than mass communications or of four additional courses of at least three credits at the 200 level or above in another discipline
  11. Completion of a portfolio in the senior year for assessment