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Broadcast News

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Broadcast News (120 Credits)

Admission Requirements

Students are admitted directly into their desired major in the College of Communication upon admission and enrollment at Washington State University.

To remain admitted in any major in the College of Communication, a student must complete all required courses and have a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA. COM 300 must be completed with a C or better, and only two attempts are allowed and a “W” is counted as an attempt. With an appeal to the department chair, a student may request to take COM 300 for a 3rd attempt during a summer session. All pre-requisites must be met in order to move through the Murrow curriculum. If a student fails to complete the required curriculum, they will not be able to remain admitted in the Murrow College. If a student is failing to complete academic requirements in a reasonable timeline, an advisor will work with the student to identify another academic path. Students must remain in good academic standing in order to graduate with a degree from the Murrow College.

Direct to Degree for Transfer Students

Transfer students bringing in 30 or more semester credits from an outside institution, and a 3.0 or higher transfer GPA will be directly admitted into the Murrow College. After consulting with a Murrow Professional Academic Advisor, a student transferring with junior status (60 or more semester credits), with a 3.0 or higher transfer GPA, and who has completed COM 101 or COM 105 from another institution, will be allowed to take COM 300 in their first semester at WSU with all remaining 100 level required communication courses. All transfer students are required to consult with a Murrow Professional Academic Advisor prior to enrollment at WSU.

Additional majors within the Journalism and Media Production Degree

Students with a primary major in Journalism and Media Production, can elect to earn an additional major within the degree or within the college, with the exception of Integrated Strategic Communication, by completing the second set of major requirements and two additional upper-division courses in COM, COMJOUR, and COMSTRAT. These courses cannot be used elsewhere in the degree. If interested in this option, please consult with a Murrow Professional Academic Advisor.

Double Degree

Students with a primary major/degree in Journalism and Media Production can earn a second degree in the department of Strategic Communication. To be admitted into a second Murrow degree option, please consult with a Murrow Professional Academic Advisor. *Note: to earn a second degree, you must complete 150 credits.

Academic Requirements

Below is a detailed schedule of studies in a 4-year format. However, students will develop their own academic plan in consultation with their professional academic advisor through the Murrow Center for Student Success. The BA in Journalism and Media Production is broken down into four main categories as found in myWSU under your Academic Requirements:

1. College Core Requirements: COM 101; 102; 105; 138; 210; and 300 (18 credits).

2. Journalism and Media Production Degree Requirements: COM 320; 415; 440; COMJOUR 350; COM 321; and one Advanced Media and Society course from approved list (in footnotes) (18 credits).

3. Major Requirements for Broadcast News: COMJOUR 333; 335; 465; 466; and one Specialization Course 475-490 not used elsewhere in the degree (16 credits).

4. Major Upper-Division Electives: (in footnotes) (9 credits).

First Year
First TermCredits
COM 101 3
COM 1383
UCORE Inquiry16
Second TermCredits
COM 102 [COMM]3
COM 105 [HUM]3
Quantitative Reasoning [QUAN]3
Second Year
First TermCredits
COM 210 3
COM 300 [M]3
UCORE Inquiry16
Second TermCredits
UCORE Inquiry14
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermCredits
COM 3203
COM 3213
COMJOUR 333 [M]3
Second TermCredits
COM 4153
Advanced Media and Society Course33
Major Electives 43
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
COM 4403
COMJOUR 466 or 4863
Integrative Capstone [CAPS]3
Major Specialization Course53
Second TermCredits
COMJOUR 465 [M]4
Major Electives 46

1Must complete 5 of these 6 UCORE designations: ARTS, BSCI, DIVR, EQJS, PSCI, SSCI. One lab science (BSCI or PSCI) must be completed.
2A maximum of 12 credits of COM/COMJOUR/COMSTRAT 495/497/499 allowed towards 120 credits required for graduation. Consult with a Murrow advisor.
3Advanced Media and Society Course (3 credits): Select from COM 421, 464, 471, or 479.
4Major Electives (9 credits): Select 300-400-level courses from COM, COMJOUR, COMSTRAT not used to meet other requirements, COM 495 internship credits, COM 497 or 499 Special Projects credits in consultation with advisor. A maximum of 6 credits of 495/497/499 may apply towards major electives.
5Specialization Course (3 credits): Any COM, COMJOUR, or COMSTRAT 475-490 not used to meet other requirements.

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