Wilfrid Laurier University Undergraduate Academic Calendar - 2012/2013
Canadian Excellence

Honours BA Journalism

The Honours BA program Journalism is only available at the Brantford Campus.

The Honours Journalism program consists of 20.0 credits. No more than 7.0 credits may be at the 100 level. The program must include a minimum of 9.0 senior credits within the Honours Journalism program. All students must complete the required Skills and Lecture courses (5.5 credits), and one of the following areas of secondary concentration:

Broadcast Journalism
Emerging Journalism and New Media
Print Journalism
Public Relations

International Stream: Available only to students who have met the requirements of admission to Laurier Brantford through the 2 + 2 agreement with the Journalism School of Chongquing University.

Students in the program must complete the Contemporary Studies (CT) program (minimum of 5.0 CT credits as outlined in the Contemporary Studies section).

In Year 3, students in the Broadcast Journalism, Emerging Journalism and New Media, and the Public Relations concentrations apply to Conestoga College and enroll in their respective one-year graduate certificate program. They are: Videography-Broadcast Journalism/Documentary; Integrated Marketing Communications; or New Media: Convergence. These programs are offered by Conestoga in Kitchener. Entry into Conestoga College’s program is competitive and will be governed by the application processes, deadlines and enrolment targets and limits set internally by Conestoga College. Students who take Year 3 at Conestoga return to Laurier for Year 4 of their BA. Students who complete the Conestoga College certificate program with a 70% average or better will be eligible for 5.0 senior journalism transfer credits. Upon graduation they hold a graduate college certificate and an Honours BA.

Required Skills and Lecture Courses (5.5 credits)
HR212/JN212 - Journalism and Social Change
JN101/MX101 - Reporting and Writing I
JN201 - Reporting and Writing II
JN204 - Journalism Law and Ethics
JN207/MX207 - Journalism and Democracy
JN208 - Researching for News
JN214 - Journalism and Social Order
JN420 - Advanced Studies in Journalism Theory
JN423* - Journalism Project
0.5 - senior JN credit

Additional Requirements for the Broadcast Journalism Concentration (1.5 credits)
In addition to the required Skills and Lecture courses, students in this concentration must complete:
JN251 - Technical Skills: Broadcast Journalism
JN313/OL313 - Public Speaking
One of: JN229/MX229, JN250, JN252, JN253, JN261

Additional Requirements for Emerging Journalism and New Media (1.5 credits)
In addition to the required Skills and Lecture courses, students in this concentration must complete:
JN252 - Technical Skills: New Media Journalism
JN229/MX229 - Journalism, the Internet and Emerging Media
One of: JN250, JN251, JN253, JN261, JN313/OL313

Additional Requirements for the Print Journalism Concentration (4.0 credits)
JN250 - Technical Skills: Print Journalism
JN261 - News photography
JN306 - Beyond Beats: Researching and Reporting
JN318 - Newsroom I
JN319 - Newsroom II
JN360 - Advanced Research and Reporting I
JN361 - Advanced Research and Reporting II
One of: JN229/MX229, JN251, JN252, JN253, JN313/OL313

Additional Requirements for the Public Relations Concentration (1.5 credits)
In addition to the required Skills and Lecture courses, students in this concentration must complete:
JN253 - Introduction to Public and Media Relations
JN313/OL313 - Public Speaking
One of: JN229/MX229, JN250, JN251, JN252, JN261


Requirements for the International Stream (10.0 credits)

Students must complete a total of 10.0 credits, as below:
Required Skills and Lecture Courses (5.0 credits)
JN204 - Journalism Law and Ethics
JN212 - Journalism and Social Change
JN251 - Technical Skills: Broadcast Journalism
JN306 - Beyond Beats: Researching and Reporting
JN313 - Public Speaking
JN327 - Social Documentary
JN410 - Directed Studies
JN420 - Advanced Studies in Journalism Theory
JN423* - Journalism Project or JN360 and JN361

Contemporary Studies (5.0 credits)
JN222/CT222 - Navigating the Information Environment
CT221 - Applied Scientific Reasoning
CT220
JN226/CT226 - The Media in a Global World
CT345 - Applied Democracy or HR260/CT260 - Introduction to Human Rights
CT327 - Understanding Popular Culture
0.5 300 level CT credit
0.5 300 or 400 level CT
1.0 credit 400 level CT credit

Additional Information
 
Note

  1. Refer to the University Regulations chapter for progression and course regulations and the earlier section regarding Regulations for All Honours Programs.