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Journalism, B.A.

About the Program

Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (Accredited)

This major allows students who enjoy writing the flexibility to tailor a program based on reporting and presentation of news, and other journalistic writing through print, broadcast and online media. It meets the needs of students preparing for a career in which research and interviewing abilities, accurate and objective reporting, legal and ethical insight, and competence in editing are central to professional practice. Compare this major with communication studies, media production, and public communication.

Buffalo State College was the first SUNY school to become affiliated with the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications and has the largest program in the system. Only a handful of undergraduate programs in New York State are accredited.

Career Opportunities: Students prepare for careers as reporters, anchors, commentators, and news directors for radio, television, and internet-based media, and as reporters, editors, and columnists on newspapers, magazines, blogs, and other digital media.

The profile of a successful journalism graduate is a person with a strong writing proficiency and a compelling use of language, good speaking and listening skills, keen ethical insight and legal awareness, and competence in presentation of information in a particular format (written, visual, and/or digital).

About the Communication Department

B112 Buckham Hall
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-6008
Fax: (716) 878-4697

Admission Requirements

Incoming freshmen and transfer students can declare the major. A 2.6 GPA in the major is needed to register for required upper division courses (300 and 400 levels).

See for application forms and additional information, including a list of equivalent core courses at community colleges. Transfer students from two-year schools may apply only core courses toward this major for a maximum of 12 credits. Students generally require four semesters of study after completing communication core courses.

Academic Standards: Only grades of C or higher may be applied toward requirements for any communication degree; courses with lower grades must be repeated. Consistent with standards of the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the number of communication courses that students may take is capped, encouraging a broad-based liberal arts education. The department encourages students to take minors or second majors, and requires evidence of an academic concentration or area of expertise outside the Communication Department.

Program Requirements

Intellectual Foundations Requirements 33–39 cr

Total Required Journalism Courses 42 cr

A. Communication Core (12 cr)
COM 100 Media Literacy
COM 210 Converged Media Writing
COM 215 Introduction to Visual Communication
SPC 205 Introduction to Oral Communication

Note: Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.6 in the major to register for certain upper-division courses (300- and 400-level).

B. Major Requirements (21 cr)
COM 302 Principles of Journalism
COM 303 Print News I: Reporting
COM 312 Basic Media Production
COM 338 Electronic News II: Reporting
COM 325 Feature Writing
OR COM 337 Electronic News I: Producing
COM 400 Communication Law
COM 405 Online Newsroom

C. Senior Seminar (3 cr)
COM 450 Communication and Society

D. Communication Electives (6 cr)
COM 488 Internship
or COM 495 or Independent Project
or COM 499 or Independent Study or 300/400-level elective by advisement

All College Electives 36–48 cr

Total Required Credit Hours 120 cr

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