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Program:
Bachelor
College(s):
College of Sciences
Department(s):
Film & Mass Media

College of Sciences
Nicholson School of Communication, NSC, Room: 143
http://communication.cos.ucf.edu
Email: journalism@ucf.edu

Dr. Steve Collins, Program Coordinator, steven.collins@ucf.edu
Nicholson Academic Student Services, nassc@ucf.edu
Phone: 407-823-2681

Admission Requirements

  • The Journalism program is a limited access program that requires a separate application.
  • Students should apply to become Journalism majors only after completing all requirements for admission.
  • Admission is based on multiple factors, not strictly GPA.
  • Students must be in good academic standing.
  • Attain an overall minimum 2.5 GPA based on a minimum of 30 credit hours of college work. NOTE: Meeting the minimum GPA does not guarantee admission because students are admitted on a space available basis.
  • See a NSC advisor for additional admission criteria.
  • Meet a grammar proficiency standard. Students must pass a grammar proficiency exam administered by UCF’s Testing Center unless they have AP or IB credit in English or an “A-” or better in both of the following courses:
    • ENC 1101 – Composition I Credit Hours: 3
    • ENC 1102 – Composition II Credit Hours: 3

Application Deadlines:

  • October 1 to be admitted the next spring term
  • February 1 to be admitted the next summer term
  • June 1 to be admitted the next fall term

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, a minimum of 72 hours must be taken outside of the disciplines represented within the Nicholson School of Communication.
  • Of these 72 hours, 56 must be taken in the liberal arts (i.e. within the College of Arts & Humanities or the College of Sciences).
  • To ensure completion within 120 hours and to comply with the 72 hour minimum rule, no more than 48 (or 51 if a GEP speech class was taken at UCF) of the 120 hours may be taken within the Nicholson School of Communication.
  • Journalism majors must select their required minor or area of concentration from outside the Nicholson School of Communication to remain below the 48 credit hour school maximum.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Tuition and Fees

UCF is ranked as a best-value university by The Princeton Review and Kiplinger, and one of the nation’s most affordable colleges by Forbes.

$212.28 per credit hour

The approximate tuition cost for one year in this program at UCF based on a full time schedule (30 credit hours per year)

UCF is ranked as a best-value university by The Princeton Review and Kiplinger, and one of the nation’s most affordable colleges by Forbes.

$748.89 per credit hour

The approximate tuition cost for one year in this program at UCF based on a full time schedule (30 credit hours per year)

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