Journalism Course Planning Guides

The official UA requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. If you have questions about these requirements or how you are to go about meeting them, please see the journalism adviser.

Journalism Major Course Descriptions 

Fall or spring, freshman year; premajor: 

JOUR 105 – Principles of Journalism: Overview of news journalism, its history, future and role in a democratic society.  It will cover the basics of journalism values, principles, law, ethics, writing and reporting.  Note: To advance into the major, students must have earned a B or better in both ENGL 101 and 102 or 109H (or 107/108 for non-native speakers); a C or better in Math 105 or higher level math; and have a 2.5 GPA. 

Sophomore and junior years - Major Core:

JOUR 203 – Photojournalism
Reporting news through images and graphics; introduction to all aspects of photojournalism, including law, ethics, history and critical decision-making.

JOUR 205 – Reporting the News
Gathering, evaluating, and writing news.  

JOUR 208 – Law of the Press
Basic legal concepts for print, broadcast, online, and photojournalism, including access to courts, public records and meetings; subpoenas and shield laws; prior restraint; libel; privacy; source confidentiality; intellectual property; obscenity; and FCC regulations.

JOUR 306 – Advanced Reporting
Comprehensive and accurate news presentation with emphasis on interview techniques and coverage of major news stories.  

JOUR 307 – Principles of Multimedia
This multimedia course will introduce you to multimedia reporting, which is a combination of text, still photographs, video clips, audio, graphics and interactivity presented on a Web site in which the information in each medium is complementary, not redundant. Through interactive exercises you will learn about audio, still photographing and video, editing, and storytelling through multimedia platforms.  

JOUR 313 – Reporting Public Affairs
Study and practice of newsgathering on executive, legislative, and judicial levels in city, county, state and federal governments, with emphasis on both deadline writing and in-depth stories.

JOUR 320A – Editing
Theory and techniques of copy editing and headline writing; introduction to layout and design.

JOUR 439 – Ethics in the News Media
Analysis of ethical theory and how it relates to journalists' roles and responsibilities in a democratic society. Case studies involve questions of bias, accuracy, privacy and national security.  

Senior year - Skills Course and School Media

Skills Course Options; complete one*:

JOUR 385 – Beginning TV Reporting and Production
Course introduces students to television reporting and production and the ethical decision-making skills needed for success in the advanced TV course, JOUR 490C. 

JOUR 411 – Feature Writing
Writing feature articles for newspapers, magazines or other media; specialized reporting and writing techniques.  

JOUR 472 – Science Journalism
This applied course covers the fundamental elements of producing news reports about science events and issues. Examines the principles of journalism, the scientific process and the differences between science journalism and science communication. Professional-quality science articles for general interest and specialized news media will be produced by students.  

School Media Options:

JOUR 490C – Arizona Cat’s Eye
This advanced video news class focuses on hard news reporting and production. To the extent possible, the class functions as a broadcast newsroom. Students shoot, report, produce and anchor video news content for half-hour newscasts as wells as online. The number of newscasts depends upon the number and experience level of the students. Newscasts air on Tucson’s PBS affiliate Arizona Public Media. Students who take this course are required to become familiar with the Arizona-Sonora borderlands and produce at least one report on the region.   

JOUR 490F – Arizona Sonora News Service
This class incorporates the best of Border Beat and gears students to learn content management systems and SEO strategies. Students produce media pieces that are offered up for use by statewide and national media.  The enterprise stories are expected to have wide-ranging interest for both state and national media and will be pushed to standard print, online and broadcast outlets. Stories from other student media classes are also processed and posted as part of this class.  

For a full list of classes, you can also browse the Course Catalog through UAccess Student.


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