Undergraduate Bulletin

Fall 2021 Bulletin

Requirements for the Major and Minor in Journalism (JRN)

Transfer students

Transfer courses will be evaluated individually for journalism equivalency by the Undergraduate Director.

Requirements for the Major

The major in journalism leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree. Students must earn a letter grade of C or higher in all journalism courses and Satisfactory or S in JRN internships, independent studies and workshops for these to count toward the major. Students may enroll in multiple internships up to 12 credits each. The total number of credits from all internships combined may not exceed 12. Journalism majors must satisfy all Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) requirements and accrue a total of 120 credits. Completion of the major requires a minimum total of 42 journalism credits, POL 102 and a minimum of 72 non-journalism credits.

In addition, students must declare a second major, a minor, or an interdisciplinary concentration.  Students may design an 18-credit interdisciplinary concentration in an academic subject of their choosing. Consult the undergraduate director to discuss an interdisciplinary concentration. Nine credits, or three classes, of the 18 credits required of all concentrations must be at the upper-division level. Students may also select one of four pre-designed concentrations created to  explore broad topics – Public Affairs/Public Policy, Diversity and American Society, Global Issues and Perspectives, and Science and The Environment.  Check prerequisites. Many of these courses also count toward SBC categories. They also count toward the minimum of 72 non-journalism credits all majors must complete. This is a standard set by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications  (ACEJMC), the school’s accrediting body. Stony Brook’s School of Journalism is the only accredited journalism degree program in the SUNY system.

All journalism students should see a departmental advisor to plan their course programs. The following courses are required of all journalism majors; an asterisk denotes an online course:

1. Required courses (39 credits):

  • JRN 101 News Literacy*
  • JRN 106 Introduction to Mass Media
  • JRN 116 Introduction to Digital Journalism
  • JRN 208 History of Mass Communication
  • JRN 216 Intermediate Digital Journalism
  • JRN 217 Journalistic Reporting and Writing (this course can be taken before, after or in the same semester as JRN 216)
  • JRN 301 The Business of News
  • JRN 303 Global Issues in Journalism
  • JRN 305 Mass Communication Law and Ethics*
  • POL 102 Introduction to American Government

Choose one of the following advanced skills courses before moving on to 400-level required  courses (JRN 415 and JRN 490):

  • JRN 311 Advanced Digital Journalism – Text
  • JRN 312 Advanced Digital Journalism – Audio
  • JRN 313 Advanced Digital Journalism – Video

After completing JRN 311, 312, or 313, all majors must complete the following 400-level required courses:

  • JRN 415 Data Analysis and Storytelling
  • JRN 490 Senior Capstone Project (satisfies EXP+ and WRTD)

2. Required JRN Electives (6 credits):

Students must complete two  three-credit upper-division  electives.  Junior or Senior standing is required. Not all electives will be offered every semester. If students opt to take a variable credit course to complete their elective requirement, a minimum of 3 credits must be selected.  Students should consult their major advisor before enrollment for the semester begins.

Students can choose two courses  from the following electives:

3. Upper-Division Writing Requirement

Successful completion of JRN 490  Senior Capstone Project  will satisfy the SBC WRTD requirement as well as the Journalism major upper-division writing requirement.  

Students should consult with the department advisor to ensure that their plan for completing the Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent with  university graduation requirements for General Education. Students completing the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) must complete a course that satisfies the "Write Effectively within One's Discipline" (WRTD) learning objective to graduate.  The Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent in most cases with the SBC learning outcomes for WRTD.

4. Concentration in Outside Area

Students must declare a second major, a minor, or an interdisciplinary concentration.

Students may design an 18-credit interdisciplinary concentration in an academic subject of their choosing. Consult the undergraduate director to discuss an interdisciplinary concentration. Nine credits, or three classes, of the 18 credits required of all concentrations must be at the upper-division level. Students may also select one of four pre-designed concentrations created to
explore broad topics – Public Affairs/Public Policy, Diversity and American Society, Global Issues and Perspectives, and Science and The Environment. 

The pre-designed interdisciplinary concentrations are as follows (complete 6 courses in any one area).

Science and the Environment

Students study trends, acquire foundation knowledge, and get multiple perspectives on science and environmental issues that will help them report insightfully in the future. See Bulletin course descriptions for details and prerequisites.

  • ATM 102  Weather and Climate (also as  EST 102)
  • ATM 237  Topics in World Climate/Atmosphere (Individual Topics need approval) (also as  PHY 237)
  • BIO 103  Intro to Biotech
  • BIO 113  General Ecology
  • BIO 115  Evolution and Society
  • BIO 201  Fundamentals of Biology Organisms to Ecosystems
  • BIO 353  Marine Ecology
  • BIO 358  Biology and Human Social and Sexual Behavior
  • BIO 386  Ecosystem Ecology and the Global Environment (also as  ENS 311)
  • CHE 115  Chemistry, Life and Environment (also as  ENV 115)
  • ECO 373  Economics of Environment and Natural Resources
  • ENS 101  Prospects for Earth
  • ENS 301  Contemporary Environmental Issues and Policies
  • ENS 311  Ecosystem Ecology and the Global Environment (also as  BIO 386)
  • ENS 312  Population, Technology and the Environment
  • ENS 333  Environmental Law (also as  POL 333)
  • ENV 115  Chemistry, Life and Environment (also as  CHE 115)
  • EST 102  Weather and Climate (also as  ATM 102)
  • EST 201  Technological Trends in Society
  • EST 291  Energy, Environment, and People
  • EST 330  Natural Disasters Societal Impacts
  • GEO 101  Environmental Geology
  • GEO 102  The Earth
  • GEO 103  The Earth Through Time
  • GEO 107  Natural Hazards
  • GEO 304  Energy, Mineral Resources & Environment
  • GEO 305  Field Geology
  • GEO 311  Geoscience and Global Concerns
  • GEO 313  Understanding Water Resources for the 21st Century
  • HIS 365  Environmental History of North America
  • HIS 399  Topics in U.S. History (Individual Topics need approval)
  • MAR 101  Long Island Sound Science and Use
  • MAR 104  Oceanography
  • MAR 340  Environmental Problems and Solutions
  • PHI 366  Philosophy of the Environment
  • PHY 113  Physics of Sports
  • PHY 237  Topics in World Climate/Atmosphere (Individual Topics need approval) (also as  ATM 237)
  • POL 333  Environmental Law (also as  ENS 333)
  • SBC 111  Introduction to Sustainability Studies
  • SOC 315  Sociology of Technology
  • SOC 340  Sociology of Human Reproduction (also as  WST 340)
  • SOC 344  Environmental Sociology
  • WST 340  Sociology of Human Reproduction (also as  SOC 340)

Diversity and American Society

Students study trends and acquire knowledge, insights, historical context, and multiple perspectives on important societal issues that will help them report insightfully in the future. See Bulletin course descriptions for details and prerequisites. 

Public Affairs/Public Policy 

Students study trends, acquire knowledge and historical context, and gain multiple perspectives on public policy issues that will help them report insightfully in the future. 

Global Issues and Perspectives

Students study trends, acquire knowledge and historical context, and gain multiple perspectives on global issues that will help them report insightfully in the future. 

Requirements for the Minor

Completion of the minor in Journalism requires 21 credits.  

1. The following courses (12 credits) are required of minors:

2. Three journalism electives (9 credits) at or above the 300 level are required. Please check the above list under the requirements for the major for options. Electives require U3/U4 status to enroll.

Minors are welcome to take additional journalism courses, but should consult with the Undergraduate Director.