Feb 28, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Journalism, B.A.

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Admission and Degree Requirements

Strong writing skills are essential to the student’s success in the division’s journalism curriculum and later in the profession of journalism. Students may enroll in journalism classes as first-year students.

Those seeking permission to major in journalism must have completed 24 hours of study, which may include transfer hours. Students must also have achieved a minimum grade point average of 2.500 in the following courses, with no grade lower than C+ in any one of them:


  • Students must declare the major or minor before taking JOUR 2312 .
  • Students transferring from other universities must have completed equivalent courses and obtained the equivalent GPA and minimum grades in those courses before they can declare a Journalism major.
  • The Journalism Division has a focus on and commitment to diversity, recognizing the need for diversity in media and communications in the 21st century.
  • All journalism majors must declare and complete a second major or a minor of their choosing. The fashion media major does not meet this requirement.
  • Required courses must be passed with a grade of C- or better to count for credit toward the major in journalism.

SMU Degree Requirements

An SMU undergraduate degree requires a minimum of 120 credit hours and must include completion of the University’s Common Curriculum , one major and a combination of electives and/or other majors or minors. Completion of certain majors requires more than 120 hours to finish the degree. The credit hours within this curriculum are distributed as follows:

Requirements for the Major

Advanced Writing Requirement (3 Credit Hours)

One from the following:

Journalism Electives (6 Credit Hours)

Selected from JOUR courses , excluding internship or practicum.

Capstone (3 Credit Hours)

Minor or Second Major and Free Electives

Hours vary as needed to meet University residency and degree requirements.

Total for the Major Only: 37 Credit Hours

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