Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements 2019-2020

The NMSU Department of Journalism and Media Studies offers a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies. Through a revamped curriculum, students learn the skills they need to succeed in the new media environment. The department offers areas of emphasis in advertising, broadcasting, news-editorial, photojournalism and public relations/strategic communications. Students also have the option to minor in journalism.

Bachelor of Arts — Major: Journalism and Media Studies

The NMSU Department of Journalism and Media Studies prepares students for careers in mass media — from advertising to television broadcasting to print and online news writing to editing to photojournalism, public relations and beyond — and explores how these disciplines are converging. The curriculum emphasizes the skills of gathering, evaluating and disseminating information and related skills. Students also are instructed in the theory, law, history and professional ethics of mass media communications.

Core Requirements (Required of all Majors)


Course Description Credits
JOUR 102 Grammar for Journalists (ACT Score Below 25 or SAT Score Below 570) 2
JOUR 105G Media & Society 3
JOUR 110 Introduction to Mass Media Writing* 3
JOUR 201 Introduction to Multimedia 3
JOUR 210 Newswriting for Print & Internet 3
JOUR 493 Mass Communications Law 3


*Students must pass JOUR 102 or have an ACT score of 25+ or 570+ SAT score prior to enrolling in JOUR 110, Introduction to Mass Media Writing. 

Advanced Requirements

Students must complete 30 hours of non-core courses, including at least one course from each category listed below. Entry into courses is subject to successful completion of appropriate prerequisites.


Category I: Introductory Professional Courses

Course Description Credits
JOUR 300 Introduction to Advertising 3
JOUR 302 Video Production 3
JOUR 310 Intermediate Reporting 3
JOUR 319 Introduction to Photography 3
JOUR 321 Media Graphic Design 3
JOUR 374 Principles of Public Relations 3
JOUR 407 Media Internship 1 to 3
JOUR 408 Media Practicum 1 to 3



Category II: Intermediate Professional Courses

Course Description Credits
JOUR 306 Feature Writing for Magazines and Newspaper 3
JOUR 312 Advertising Copywriting 3
JOUR 314 Broadcast Reporting 3
JOUR 315 News22 3
JOUR 317 News Editing 3
JOUR 320 Advanced Photojournalism 3
JOUR 330 Electronic News Gathering 3
JOUR 425 Media Planning & Buying 3



Category III: Advanced / Capstone Professional Courses

Course Description Credits
JOUR 412 Documentary Photojournalism 3
JOUR 414 RTV Scriptwriting & Performance 3
JOUR 427 Multimedia Publishing 3
JOUR 476 Public Relations Campaigns 3
JOUR 490 Advertising Campaigns 3



Category IV: Mass Communications Courses

Courses Description Credits
JOUR 350 History of Mass Media 3
JOUR 377V Mass Media Ethics 3
JOUR 380 Women & the Mass Media 3
JOUR 460 Public Relations Promotion in Sports 3
JOUR 484 Public Opinion 3
JOUR 489 Mass Media Research 3
JOUR 494 Special Topics (Various topics semesterly) 3
JOUR 495 Mass Communications Theory 3
JOUR 499 Independent Study in Mass Communications (Special studies) 3

Minor: Journalism and Media Studies

Students who seek a minor in Journalism and Media Studies are required to take the following courses:

JOUR 102, JOUR 105G, JOUR 110 and JOUR 210, plus any three upper division courses.

Total credits for a minor: 20

Students may not earn both a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Media Studies and minor in Journalism and Media Studies

Required Courses

JOUR 102 Grammar for Journalists (for those with English ACT score below 25 or SAT below 570) 2
JOUR 105G Media and Society 3
JOUR 110 Introduction to Mass Media Writing* 3
JOUR 210 Newswriting for Print and Internet 3
3 Upper division JOUR courses totaling 9 upper division credits 9


*Students must pass JOUR 102 or have an ACT score of 25+ or 570+ SAT score prior to enrolling in JOUR 110, Introduction to Mass Media Writing. 





For over 10 years the advertising emphasis at NMSU has prepared students for careers in the advertising field through completion of rigorous coursework and by offering students the opportunity to apply their skills at the National Student Advertising Competition. The competition gives students the chance to create comprehensive campaigns in accordance with industry standards. In previous years, students have had the opportunity to create and present campaigns to a variety of companies including Coca-Cola, Bank of America and Toyota. Our graduates are currently working in the advertising field for major companies including Ford, Comcast and Leo Burnett.


Broadcast journalism is an exciting and unique area of emphasis here at NMSU that prepares students for careers as television news reporters and producers. A live television news program on the university’s public television station is an integral part of our broadcast journalism experience. Students learn both theory and practice of broadcast media. The focus is on both reporting and media production.

Utilizing in-house public television and radio station facilities, our students get to learn in a real-world setting with state-of-the-art equipment. Students may elect to complete the entire sequence of broadcasting classes, or only some of the courses. These courses emphasize television journalism, video production and on-air performance.

In addition to our live student television newscast, News22, many of our students gain real-world experience working for AggieVision and/or interning at many off-campus stations and other companies. Students also produce news segments in Spanish for Noticias 22. 

Graduates of our broadcasting program have had successful careers at television and radio stations across the nation. 


The news-editorial emphasis prepares students for careers as writers, reporters and editors. Print and online news media are still some of the most important sources of information in our society. Many of our graduates will begin their careers in newspapers, magazines and related media jobs.

At NMSU, all journalism students learn basic news writing skills and will have the opportunity to gain advanced experience in news reporting and publishing for both print and online journals. Courses in news editing, print media design and multimedia round out preparation for careers in print and online news media.

In addition to working for Kokopelli, the journalism department’s own online news publication, students with an interest in news-editorial careers also produce an issue of the The Scoop print magazine every year. 

Finally, many of our students complete internships at commercial newspapers and magazines before they graduate, which provide additional hands-on experience that leads to greater success after graduation.


The Department of Journalism and Media Studies offers a full sequence of photojournalism courses that incorporate the tools and concepts of visual journalism by utilizing still photography, writing, slideshows and video.

We emphasize visual literacy as well as strong technical and storytelling skills. We encourage students to report on their communities and, as they gain confidence, the world at large.

Our program is driven by the idea that images and words are natural allies and to use them both with a high degree of precision and skill is a process that requires learning the language of vision.  Using this language well enhances any publication’s goal of providing clear, readable and relevant news and information.

Public Relations/Strategic Communications

The NMSU Department of Journalism and Media Studies prepares students for careers in public relations by offering specific coursework in writing, editing, reporting, photography, broadcasting, technology convergence, research and applied internships. This coursework includes hands-on public relations campaign-building projects, as well as specialized courses in public relations theory and sports promotion. Many of our graduates go on to work as communication specialists including digital media specialists and other PR practitioners in a variety of professional settings both public and private.