This is an archive of the 2014-2015 University Catalog.
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This is an archive of the 2014-2015 University Catalog.
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Program: B.A., Journalism


The CSUN Department of Journalism, a nationally accredited undergraduate program, is home to seven award-winning, student-run contemporary and digital news media operations, as well as a thriving public relations curriculum. Converging newsrooms include the Daily Sundial, the bilingual multimedia outlet El Nuevo Sol, the mobile Pop-Up Newsroom and cloud-based Scene magazine, plus the broadcast programs, Valley View News, Matador News, On Point public affairs and KCSN HD2, the Golden Mike-winning newscast heard daily on the campus-based public radio station housed in the Valley Performing Arts Center.

Program Requirements

1. Lower Division Required Courses (11 Units)

JOUR 100 Mass Communication (3)
JOUR 110 Writing, Reporting and Ethics I (3)
JOUR 210 Writing, Reporting and Ethics II (3)
JOUR 250 Visual Communication (2)

2. Upper Division Required Courses (7 Units)

JOUR 400 Mass Communication Law and Ethics (3)
JOUR 498 Tutorial in Mass Communication (1)

Select at least one of the following (3 units):

JOUR 371 Women, Men and Media (3)
JOUR 372 Diversity and the Media (3)
JOUR 374SLJ Spanish-Language News Environment (3)
JOUR 465 Mass Communication and Popular Culture (3)
JOUR 478 International News Media (3)
JOUR 480 History of the American News Media (3)
JOUR 585 Theory of Mass Communication (3)

3. Courses in Journalism (19 Units)

Depending on Area of Emphasis (see Department Programs), except repeats of JOUR 395AB, 397AB, 398AB or498

4. Collateral Units (15 Units)

Upper Division courses in a collateral field approved in advance by advisor.

Total Units in the Major: 37

Collateral Field Units: 15

General Education: 48

Additional Units: 20

Total Units Required for the B.A. Degree: 120

More information

If you would like more information about this program, please contact


Chair: Linda Bowen
Manzanita Hall (MZ) 210
(818) 677-3135

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to report and write for diverse publics, using proper grammar and punctuation, word usage and spelling, sentence and storytelling structures across multiple journalistic formats.
  2. Students will be able to gather and analyze information, including basic numerical concepts, using reporting techniques, such as interviewing, observation, and researching primary and secondary sources.
  3. Students will be able to think critically, creatively and independently.
  4. Students will demonstrate an understanding of professional ethical principles and work ethically in pursuit of truth, accuracy, fairness, and diversity.
  5. Students will apply tools and technologies appropriate for the news media professions in which they work to communicate for and with diverse publics.
  6. Students will be able to understand and apply the historical, theoretical, legal and societal contexts for producing and consuming news media for consumers, for local to global publics.