|School of Journalism||Education/Social Work (ES) 4104
902 West New York Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202-5154
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Students wishing to major in journalism may declare themselves journalism majors in the University Division at Bloomington or the University College at Indianapolis during their first year at IU and may take J110, Foundations of Journalism and Mass Communication. At the Indianapolis campus, students may also take J100, Computer Methods in Journalism, during their first year. Before seeking admission as a major in the School of Journalism, students must complete a minimum of 26 credit hours of undergraduate course work, including the following:
Students wishing to become journalism majors are expected to have computer literacy, but there is no course or competency exam required for admission. Those who cannot demonstrate competency with word processing may be required to take a jump-start course before advancing in JOUR J200 or J210.
Students meeting these requirements with a cumulative grade point average of 2.20 (FX and WF will be calculated as F) will be considered for admission to the School of Journalism. Each year the school will admit students, based on their grade point average, as the school’s physical space, instructional equipment and faculty/staff resources permit.
At Bloomington, applicants will be permitted to register conditionally for the next required core course if they submit a completed application. Conditional registrations in journalism courses may be canceled if those applicants are denied admission to the School of Journalism.
The School of Journalism will consider applications three times a year: May 15, August 20, and December 15. Application forms are available in Ernie Pyle 200 at Bloomington and in the Education–Social Work Building 4104 at Indianapolis.
All summer transfer course work must be entered on the student’s transcript prior to the first day of classes in fall semester. For admission to the Bloomington campus, transcripts from other colleges and universities should be sent to:
Students who wish to transfer to IUPUI should contact the:
Transfer students are first admitted to the University Division at Bloomington. They may then apply to the School of Journalism when they have completed the application requirements. Because transfer courses are not calculated in the cumulative grade point average for Indiana University students, transfer students must complete a minimum of one semester at Indiana University before they can be considered for admission to the school.
Acceptance of credit from other institutions will be determined by the Office of Admissions, and the applicability of credit toward degree requirements in the School of Journalism will be determined by the dean. No more than 12 transfer credit hours of mass communications courses may be counted in the journalism major. Only credits earned at Indiana University will count toward a student’s grade point average. Courses from other colleges and universities transfer as credit only.
Students admitted to the school on the Bloomington campus who are transferring to the school on the Indianapolis campus should file an Inter-Campus Transfer Form in the:
Students who have completed the admission requirements should submit an application to the School of Journalism by the published deadlines. Students who have not completed the admission requirements should file an Inter-Campus Transfer to the University Division at Bloomington or the University College at Indianapolis.
Students enrolled in the School of Journalism who wish to attend another Indiana University campus should report to the school’s office, Ernie Pyle Hall 200 at Bloomington, or the Education-Social Work Building 4104 at Indianapolis to secure an Inter-Campus Transfer Form.
Academic counseling for each student in the School of Journalism is provided by a faculty member or an academic advisor prior to each semester’s enrollment. Although academic counseling is intended to provide effective guidance, students are responsible for planning their own programs and for meeting the following degree requirements for graduation. Students are advised to read IU bulletin descriptions of all courses selected, paying careful attention to conditions concerning awarding of credit.
The Indiana University Course Analysis and Record Evaluation (IUCARE), a computerized degree-audit system, is available to all students. Students may use IUCARE to monitor their completed and remaining requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (B.A.J.) degree. See an academic advisor for details.
The School of Journalism offers the B.A.J. degree on the Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses. Students on either campus must complete the following for the B.A.J. degree:
Journalism major (30 credit hours)
Second concentration (24 credit hours)
123 credit hours total
Journalism courses from either campus will satisfy requirements for the journalism major. Courses used to satisfy all other degree requirements will be determined by each campus. For the most part, the school will defer to the College of Arts and Sciences for the B.A.J. at Bloomington and the Schools of Liberal Arts and Science for the B.A.J. at Indianapolis to define which courses are acceptable.
Students who intend to receive their degree from the Bloomington campus must satisfy all nonmajor requirements with courses as defined by the College of Arts and Sciences. Students who intend to receive their degree from the Indianapolis campus must satisfy all nonmajor requirements with courses as defined by the Schools of Liberal Arts and Science. Students who plan to transfer permanently to either the Indianapolis or Bloomington campus and receive the degree from that campus should consult with an academic advisor concerning course equivalencies. The school maintains a list of Bloomington and Indianapolis courses that will satisfy nonmajor requirements on both campuses.
Credit Hour and Grade Point Requirements
1. 123 credit hours required for graduation, including the following minimums:
2. Credit hour limits
3. Grade Point Average
Students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of journalism courses with a grade of C– or better in each course from the following categories:
At Indianapolis, students are required to take J100, Computer Methods in Journalism, in addition to the following required journalism courses:
Students have the option of taking additional mass communications courses (journalism, telecommunications, and selected communication and culture), but no more than 36 credit hours total of mass communications courses may be counted in the total 123 credit hours required for the degree. The limit of 36 credit hours of mass communications courses may be increased to 39 credit hours if one of the courses includes J414, J438, J450, J470, or J475.
The grade point average of all journalism, telecommunications, and selected communication and culture courses must be at least a 2.00.
In order to comply with accreditation standards set by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC), no more than 12 credit hours of communications courses from any other journalism program will be accepted for credit toward the 123 credit hours required for graduation.
All transfer communications courses must be evaluated by the associate dean in order to be accepted in fulfillment of requirements for the journalism major.
The Certificate in Journalism is offered on both the Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses. See “The Certificate in Journalism,” later in this section for details.
The Certificate in Public Relations is offered on the Indianapolis campus. See “The Certificate in Public Relations,” later in this section for details.