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Undergraduate Course Syllabi

Important Things to Note about Journalism Courses

  • Journalism students may not register for more than 9 hours of Journalism courses during one semester.
  • All students must have a UT GPA of 2.25 to take upper-division courses in the College of Communication.

You also may visit the Official Course Schedule for the most up-to-date information on Journalism courses.

Please note the descriptions are excerpts from the course syllabi. Course requirements can change at the instructor's discretion.

Undergraduate Syllabi

Past and present Undergraduate Course Syllabi are available here.

J379 Journalism Research Project Course Info and Syllabus

Non-Major Courses

There are limited non-major seats available in J301F and J350F. There are no prerequisites on these courses and non-majors can enroll in these courses on their own. Students wishing to transfer into the Journalism major are encouraged to attempt J30F, but J301F is not required to submit an internal transfer application.  
Please see the Student Advising Internal Transfer website for more information.

Non-majors may also have access to J303F if space allows.

Journalism Minors

Communication majors cannot minor within the College of Communication.  For non-Communication majors, there are limited non-major seats available in J301F and J350F.  These are the only courses available to non-Journalism majors.

There are no prerequisites on these courses and non-majors can enroll in these courses on their own. Students wishing to transfer into the Journalism major are encouraged to attempt J301F, but J301F is not required to submit an internal transfer application.

Non-majors may also have access to J303F if space allows.

Please see the Student Advising Internal Transfer website for more information.

Recommended Communication/Journalism Courses

First Year

J 301F Fundamental Issues in Journalism grounds you in the role of news media in a democratic society and focuses on the changing nature of the profession and key controversies journalists have faced and created.  No prerequisites.

J 302F Digital Storytelling Basics presents multiple technologies for digital delivery of text, photos, audio and video news across journalism platforms. You also learn to create your own personal websites, which will become the digital portfolio for all of your work at the school and your calling card when you seek jobs and professional internships.  No prerequisites; Restricted to Journalism majors.

One (1) Communication course outside journalism. Select from Radio/Television/Film, Communication Studies, Communication Sciences & Disorders, and Advertising.

Second Year

J 310F Reporting: Words  Reporting, writing, and editing skills for print, online, and broadcast. Completion of J301F and J302F with a grade of C or better.

J 311F Reporting: Images  Photography, video, and design for print, web, and broadcast, including design principles, visual perception, typography, manipulation of images, and photographs.  Completion of J301F and J302F with a grade of C or better.

One (1) Communication course outside journalism. Select from Radio/Television/Film, Communication Studies, Communication Sciences & Disorders, and Advertising.

COM316 Photographic Communication (may be taken first or second year) for students interested in completing advanced photojournalism coursework. Introduction to photographic technique and recent trends, evaluation, visual design, and use of images in the media. Students must provide their own 35mm single-lens reflex or digital camera that can be operated under manual mode and with off-camera flash. No prerequisite. COM316 is a prerequisite for all other photojournalism courses. Note: This class is not necessarily recommended for non-photojournalism students as it can be costly.