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Program at a Glance

College of Sciences
Comm & Media, Nicholson Schl
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The Journalism B.A. provides students with the skills and knowledge leading to careers in electronic and digital media. It is a specialized admission degree program, which means a separate application must be submitted directly to the Nicholson School of Communication and Media in order to be considered for admission. Students choose from two focus areas:

  • Digital News. For students who wish to work as writers, reporters, editors and photographers for the news media, primarily websites, newspapers and magazines.
  • Electronic News. For students who desire to work in broadcast news as reporters, photographers, anchors or broadcast sports journalists.

Degree Requirements

  • Students who change degree programs (other than from Journalism Pending) and select this major must adopt the most current catalog.
  • The Journalism faculty strongly recommend that majors work for a student news outlet.
  • Journalism majors may obtain an off-campus internship with a news organization.
  • To receive credit for an internship, students must have a 2.5 GPA in their required major courses. Students with less than a 2.5 GPA will not be given academic internship credit.
  • Students can enroll in a maximum of three hours of internship credit. However, the internships must be with different employers. Each internship must be approved by and supervised by a Journalism faculty advisor.
  • A portfolio of representative work must be submitted to, and approved by, a faculty committee at least one semester before graduation. At least 75% of the work must be produced while at UCF.
  • Co-op or internship credit cannot be used in this major without prior approval.
  • Students should consult with a school advisor.
  • Of the 120 hours required for graduation, 72 hours must be taken outside of the disciplines of Communication (Advertising/Public Relations, Human Communication, and Communication & Conflict) and Mass Media (Media Production & Management and Journalism). Minors in Film and Digital Media are permitted.
  • The School residency requirement consists of at least 24 semester hours of regularly scheduled 3000-4000 level courses taken from the UCF Nicholson School of Communication and Media.
  • The Journalism program follows the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics. Students who violate the code (plagiarizing, cheating or fabricating, for example) may be removed from the program.
  • All prerequisites of courses taught within the College of Sciences will be enforced.
  • Courses designated in 1 (General Education Program) and 2 (Common Program Prerequisites) are usually completed in the first 60 hours.

Undergraduate Application Deadlines

May 1
November 1
March 1
July 1
November 1
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September 1
January 1

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