Recommended Academic Plan for Bachelor of Arts in Communications/Journalism Option

Penn State New Kensington

Semester 1

COMM100 (GS) - The Mass Media and SocietyNotes for: COMM 100

COMM 100

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
3
PSYCH 100 (GS) - Introductory PsychologyNotes for: PSYCH 100

PSYCH 100

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)

(GS)

3
4
ARTS (GA) - Select from courses with GA designation

ARTS (GA)

3
Total credits 16

Semester 2

COMM 160 Basic New Writing SkillsNotes for: COMM 160

COMM 160

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
1
3
AMST 105 (GH) (US) American Folklife and Popular CultureNotes for: AMST 105

AMST 105

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or Natural Science Course (GN)

Natural Science (GN)

3
Health and Physical Activity (GHA)

Health and Physical Activity (GHA)

1.5
4
General Qauntifications Course (GQ)

(GQ)

3
Total credits 15.5

Semester 3

CAS 201 (GH) - Rhetorical Theory Notes for: CAS 201

CAS 201

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
COMM 260W - News WritingNotes for: COMM 260W

COMM 260W

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
COMM 270 - Introduction to Multimedia ProductionNotes for: COMM 270

COMM 270

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
4
General Quantifications (GQ)

General Quantifications (GQ)

3
Total credits 16

Semester 4

COMM 460W - Reporting MethodsNotes for: COMM 460W

COMM 460W

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or Journalism Option Additional Major CourseNotes for: Journalism

Journalism

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
COMM 282 - Television Field ProductionNotes for: COMM 282

COMM 282

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or COMM 292 - Introduction to Media & PoliticsNotes for: COMM 292

COMM 292

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or Journalism Option Additional Major CourseNotes for: Journalism

Journalism

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
COMM 001 - Newspaper PracticumNotes for: COMM 001

COMM 001

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
1
PHIL 103 (GH) - Introduction to EthicsNotes for: PHIL 103 (GH)

PHIL 103 (GH)

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or Natural Sciences (GN)

(GN)

3
STAT 200 - Elementary StatisticsNotes for: STAT 200

STAT 200

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or General Quantifications (GQ)

General Quantifications (GQ)

3-4
Health and Physical Activity (GHA)

(GHA)

1.5
Total credits 14.5-15.5

Semester 5

ENGL 420 - Writing for the WebNotes for: ENGL 420

ENGL 420

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
COMM 403 - Law of Mass Communications Notes for: COMM 403

COMM 403

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
COMM 002 - Newspaper Editorial StaffNotes for: COMM 002

COMM 002

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
2
COMM 205 - Gender, Diversity and the MediaNotes for: COMM 205

COMM 205

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or COMM 370 - Public RelationsNotes for: COMM 370

COMM 370

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or Journalism Option Additional Majors CourseNotes for: Journalism

Journalism

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Natural Science (GN)

Natural Science (GN)

3
Total credits 14

Semester 6

COMM 409 - News Media Ethics Notes for: COMM 409

COMM 409

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
CAS 204 - Communications Research MethodsNotes for: CAS 204

CAS 204

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
BA Other Cultures (See adviser for list)

Other Cultures (IL/US)

3
Natural Sciences (GN)

(GN)

3
COMM 460W - Reporting MethodsNotes for: COMM 460W

COMM 460W

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or Journalism Option Additional Major CourseNotes for: Journalsim

Journalsim

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Total credits 15

Semester 7

COMM 494 - Research ProjectNotes for: COMM 494

COMM 494

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
CAS 404 - Conflict Resolution Notes for: CAS 404

CAS 404

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or COMM 370 - Public RelationsNotes for: COMM 370

COMM 370

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or Journalism Option Additional Major CourseNotes for: Journalism

Journalism

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
ARTS (GA) - Select from courses with GA designation

ARTS (GA)

3
BA Requirement (See adviser for list)

BE Requirement

3
ECON 102 - Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy Notes for: ECON 102

ECON 102

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or ECON 104 - Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy Notes for: ECON 104

ECON 104

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or Any Social or Behavioral Science (GS)

Social or Behavioral Science (GS)

3
Total credits 15

Semester 8

COMM 495 - InternshipNotes for: COMM 495

COMM 495

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3-6
Journalism Option Additional Major Course (if needed)
or Humanities (GH)

GH

or Free Elective (if needed)
3
BA Requirement (See adviser for list)

BA Requirement

3
BA Requirement (See adviser for list)

BA Requirement

3
Free Elective

Elective

3
Total credits 12-18

Additional Notes

• GWS, GHA, GQ, GN, GA, GH, and GS are codes used to identify General Education requirements.
• US, IL, and US;IL are codes used to designate courses that satisfy University United States/International Cultures requirements.
• W is the code used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

Notes:

1) Students must demonstrate or complete the third level of proficiency in one foreign language (4-12 credits)

2) BA Requirements:  9 credits plus 3 credits "other cultures" selected from approved list.  See:  http://bulletins.psu.edu/bulletins/bluebook/ba_requirements.cfm

This planner is for illustrative purposes only.  Students should review their degree audit in consultation with an academic advisor each semester when scheduling courses. 


 

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# Course is an Entrance-to-Major requirement.
* Course requires a grade of 'C' or better.
† Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.

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