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2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Journalism, B.S.

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The journalism major prepares students for leadership roles in rapidly changing media by requiring a strong core of journalism courses within the rich context of a liberal arts education. Courses are designed to foster analytical and critical thinking skills and to teach students to communicate effectively with a mass audience.

Founded in 1914, the journalism program has full national accreditation by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. Alumni include Pulitzer Prize winners, Nieman fellows and nationally known journalists.

Journalism majors learn about media law, ethics and history, and about the media’s role in an increasingly diverse society. The program emphasizes hands-on learning. Students select either a print/multimedia or broadcast/multimedia emphasis in their professional skills courses. Majors choosing a print/multimedia emphasis have the opportunity to write for a daily newspaper. Students who select the broadcast/multimedia gain on-air experience at the university radio station and report, anchor, videotape and produce a newscast aired on a local cable channel.

Graduates are prepared for jobs as reporters and editors for print, broadcast and online media, and for positions as assignment editors, producers, managing editors, publishers and new media entrepreneurs. Courses are also offered for students interested in specialized careers such as sports reporting, business writing, arts criticism or graphic design.

All majors are encouraged to supplement their course work with media experience at the Kentucky Kernel, the independent daily student newspaper; the Kentuckian, the student yearbook; WUKY, the university’s public radio station, or WRFL, the student-run radio station. All students are required to participate in the school’s internship program.

Degree Requirements

Each student completes the following:

College B.S. Requirements

Mathematics, statistics and computer science:

Complete 9 credits in mathematics, statistics, and/or computer sciences beyond the UK Core requirement. At least 3 hours must be in statistics.

Science Courses

Complete a minimum of 60 hours of science courses, with not more than 12 hours within the College of Communication and Information. These courses must be approved by an advisor in the College of Communication and Information and may be from the areas of mathematics, statistics, computer science, physical sciences, biological sciences, social and behavioral sciences, as well as from appropriate professional fields.

Subtotal: College B.S. Hours: 60

UK Core Requirements

See the UK Core section of this Bulletin for the complete UK Core requirements . The courses listed below are (a) recommended by the college, or (b) required courses that also fulfill UK Core areas. Students should work closely with their advisor to complete the UK Core requirements.

I. Intellectual Inquiry in Arts and Creativity

II. Intellectual Inquiry in the Humanities

III. Intellectual Inquiry in the Social Sciences


IV. Intellectual Inquiry in the Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences

V. Composition and Communication I

VI. Composition and Communication II

VII. Quantitative Foundations

IX. Community, Culture and Citizenship in the USA


X. Global Dynamics

UK Core hours: 30-36

Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR)

Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement hours (GCCR): 3

Premajor Requirements

Subtotal: Premajor hours: 9

Advanced Reporting Course

Choose one of the following courses:

Conceptual Course

Choose one of the following courses:

Major Core hours: 24


One of the following paths:

Print/Multimedia Path

Print/Multimedia Path hours: 15

Broadcast/Multimedia Path

Broadcast/Multimedia Path hours: 15

Subtotal: Major hours: 39

Required Minor

Students must complete a minor from the University of Kentucky.


Portfolio required for graduation.

TOTAL HOURS: minimum of 120


Of a student’s total course work for a bachelor’s degree, 72 of the 120 hours required for graduation must be in courses other than professional media-based communications.

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