College of Arts and Sciences

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Students wishing to major in journalism should see the Bachelor of Science in Journalism degree requirements.

Minor (22 hours)

  • JOUR 1000, 2000, 2500, 4000, 4500
  • One additional 3-credit skills course (JOUR 2900: Specialized Journalism Basic Skills; JOUR 3100: Introduction to Visual Journalism; JOUR 3150: Visual Editing; JOUR 3200: Feature Writing; JOUR 3250: News Editing and Production; JOUR 3300: Broadcast News; JOUR 3440: Public Relations Writing; JOUR 3450: Media Publication and Design; JOUR 3550: Online Journalism; JOUR 3900: Intermediate Specialized Journalism Skills; JOUR 4900: Specialized Journalism Skills).
  • One journalism 3- credit concept courses (JOUR 3400: Principles of Public Relations; JOUR 3850: Journalism in the Movies; JOUR 4450: Media, War and Propaganda; JOUR 4550: Diversity Issues in the Media; JOUR 4650: American Journalism History; JOUR 4750: Global Journalism; JOUR 4850: Media and Society; JOUR 4950: Specialized Journalism Issues)
  • One journalism skills or concept course of the student's choosing.

Interdepartmental minor - limited to BS in Journalism
The Department of Journalism and Public Relations Undergraduate Program Committee must approve this minor. The student, in consultation with an advisor, chooses courses from at least two departments that focus on a particular subject. The interdepartmental minor must include at least 20 credits, with a minimum of 12 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level. An interdepartmental minor may not include any courses being used for group requirements.


Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, Journalism students in are expected to be able to:

  • Understand and apply the principles and laws of freedom of speech and press, including the right to dissent, to monitor and criticize power, and to assemble and petition for redress of grievances;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the history and role of professionals and institutions in shaping communications;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and, as appropriate, other forms of diversity in domestic society in relation to mass communications;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of diversity of peoples and cultures and of the significance and impact of mass communications in a global society;
  • Understand concepts and apply theories in the use and presentation of images and information;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of professional ethical principles and work ethically in pursuit of truth, accuracy, fairness, and diversity;
  • Think critically, creatively, and independently;
  • Conduct research and evaluate information by methods appropriate to the communications professions in which they work;
  • Write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the communications professions, audiences, and purposes they serve;
  • Critically evaluate their own work and that of others for accuracy and fairness, clarity, appropriate style, and grammatical correctness;
  • Apply basic numerical and statistical concepts;
  • Apply tools and technologies appropriate for the communications professions in which they work.

Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review
Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The Journalism program is accredited by Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC) and is in good standing.  

Professional Licensure (If applicable)
Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Journalism program does not lead to professional licensure.

Gainful Employment (If applicable)
Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The Journalism program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.


  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Multiplatform Journalism
  • Public Relations