Wilfrid Laurier University Undergraduate Academic Calendar - 2010/2011
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 (5.0 credits), and one of the following areas of secondary concentration:

Print Journalism
Broadcast Journalism
Public Relations
Emerging Journalism and New Media

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, Public Relations, and Emerging Journalism and New Media 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 (5.0 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

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 Reporting and Writing I
JN361 - Advanced Reporting and Writing II
One of: JN229/MX229, JN251, JN252, JN253, JN313/OL313

Additional Requirements for the Broadcast 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 New Media and Emerging Journalism (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 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

Additional Information
 
Notes

  1. Students completing the honours program in journalism are required to complete a minimum of a 0.5 credit Online Learning course.
  2. Refer to the University Regulations chapter for progression and course regulations and the earlier section regarding Regulations for All Honours Programs.

 

Senate/Editorial Changes

Senate Revisions March 4, 2010: CT222 Cross-listed with JN222 and MX222; HR212 cross-listed as JN212; JN101 cross-listed as MX101; JN207 cross-listed with MX207; JN229 cross-listed with MX229; JN313 cross-listed with OL313; effective September 1, 2010.

Senate Addition April 12, 2010: Conestoga College transfer credits increased to 5.0; effective September 1, 2010.
Senate Revision May 12, 2010: CT222/JN222/MX222 replaced with JN208; effective September 1, 2010.