Bachelor of Arts - Multimedia Journalism Track
The Multimedia Journalism track is designed for students who are interested in pursuing careers that would use skills in multimedia storytelling. Those careers might include online, print or broadcast journalism; social media communication and marketing; advertising; public and media relations; non-fiction writing and narrative storytelling; photography, design, and visual communication; and others.
Our program’s focus is on helping you become career-ready by emphasizing five core skills: communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and curiosity. You’ll develop professional portfolios and experience while in college that will help you land jobs and internships.
University Credit Hour & Residency Requirements
All Baccalaureate degrees offered by IU Southeast requires a minimum of 120 credit hours and a minimum of 30 credit hours of upper-level coursework (300-level or above). No more than 64 credit hours earned in accredited junior/community colleges may be applied toward a Baccalaureate degree. The University Residency Requirement dictates that students must complete no less than 26 credit hours at IU Southeast during their senior year and no less than 10 credit hours of coursework in the major field of study.
Department of Journalism Residency Requirements
The Department of Journalism enforces the University Credit Hour & Residency Requirements with no additions.
General Education Core Requirements
All IU Southeast Baccalaureate degrees require 30 credit hours of General Education Core coursework. Students must select a course(s) to satisfy each category listed below. View the list of courses that satisfy the General Education Core requirements.
- Information Literacy (1 credit)
- Written Communications I (3 credits)
- Written Communications II (3 credits)
- Oral Communications (3 credits)
- Ethical Reasoning/Diversity (3 credits)
- Natural Sciences (one lecture – 3 credits, one lab – 2 credits)
- Arts/Humanities(3 credits)
- Social Science(3 credits)
- General Education Additional Requirement (Art, Humanities, or Social Science) (3 credits)
Please note that several courses required for your Major may “double dip” with the general education core courses.
Bachelor of Arts Distribution Requirements
In addition to the requirements stated in the General Education Core, students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree must complete the following BA Distribution Requirements. There is no limit to the number of hours a student may take in any one discipline. In some rare instances, it is possible to "double dip" BA Distribution courses with some General Education Core courses and major courses. When "double dipping," the minimum grade required is the higher of the two. The additional distribution requirements are as follows:
- Additional Ethical Reasoning/Diversity
In addition to the three credit hours required for the campus general education Ethical Reasoning/Diversity requirement, choose one additional course for a minimum total of 6 credit hours in the Ethical Reasoning/Diversity. One course must be in Ethical Reasoning and one course must be in Diversity. (May not "double dip" with the General Education Core Ethical Reasoning/Diversity Requirement, the BA Distribution Historical Investigation Requirement, or the BA Distribution Social & Behavioral Science Requirement.)
- Additional Natural Science
In addition to the five credit hours (lecture + lab) required for the campus general education Natural Science requirement, choose one additional course for a minimum total of 8 credit hours in the natural sciences. One course must be in the life sciences and one course must be in the physical sciences.
- Additional Social Science
In addition to the three credit hours required for the campus general education Social Science requirement, choose one additional course in any discipline for a minimum total of 6 credit hours in the social/behavioral sciences. (May not "double dip" with General Education Core Social & Behavioral Science or the BA Distribution Historical Investigation requirement.)
- Historical Investigation
Two courses in Historical Investigation. (May not “double dip” with the additional Social & Behavioral Science for the BA Distribution requirements.)
- Foreign Language
All BA degree candidates must satisfactorily complete (D- or higher) four semesters of a single foreign language, or they must earn an achievement examination or placement test score sufficient for placement in foreign language classes at the 300 level or above.
BA Journalism Major Requirments
In addition to the 30 cr. General Education Core students completing a Bachelor of Arts degree are required to complete the following BA Distribution Requirements.
- Social Science (3 credits)
- Natural Science (3 credits)
- Historical Investigation (6 credits)
- Foreign Language (14 credits in a single language)
Bachelor of Arts - Multimedia Journalism Track Requirements
Both the Multimedia Journalism and Public Relations tracks require students to take the following core journalism courses (21 credit hours):
- JOUR-C 200 Introduction to Mass Communication (3 cr.)
- JOUR-J 170 Wordsmithing (2 cr.)
- JOUR-J 200 Reporting, Writing and Editing I (3 cr.)
- JOUR-J 210 Visual Communication (3 cr.)
- JOUR-J 280 Seminar in Journalism Ethics (3 cr.)
- JOUR-J 300 Communications Law (3 cr.)
- JOUR-J 301 Social Media Strategies (3 cr.)
- JOUR-J 307 Media Career Planning (1 cr.)
The Multimedia Journalism track requires the following journalism courses specific to the track (18 credit hours):
- JOUR-J 303 Online Journalism (3 cr.)
- JOUR-J 362 Journ Multimedia Storytelling (3 cr.)
- Choose one photojournalism course:
- JOUR-J 344 Photojournalism Reporting (3 cr.)
- JOUR-J 354 Photojournalism Editing (3 cr.)
- JOUR-J 384 Videography (3 cr.)
- Take one of each, or take one class twice (6 cr.) -- Student Media Experience (The Horizon)
- JOUR-C 327 Writing for Publication (3 cr.)
- JOUR-J 385 Television News (3 cr.)
- Choose one additional JOUR course as an elective (3 cr.)
- Note: A for-credit internship in a journalism, PR, or related field may be counted as an elective.
Additionally, students in the Multimedia Journalism track are required to have a nine-credit hour Secondary Concentration in an area outside of journalism. Common Secondary Concentration areas have been English, psychology, sociology, history, communication, and business, though students are able to choose any area. General education courses and electives can count toward a secondary concentration.
In total the program consists of 48 hours of classes (which includes nine hours that are outside of journalism and may be fulfilled in part by general education classes). All classes must be completed with a grade of C or higher.