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76 Bachelor of Applied Arts in Journalism

Coordinating Committee
Donald Desserud, Coordinator – Arts
Wendy Shilton – Arts
Geoff Lindsay – Arts
Greg Doran – Arts
Anne Furlong – Arts

The Bachelor of Applied Arts in Journalism is an articulated degree offered by the University of Prince Edward Island in cooperation with Holland College. Students acquire technical training and practical experience in Journalism (primarily during study at Holland College) and also acquire breadth of knowledge, content exposure, and skills in research, problem-solving, and critical thinking associated with a liberal arts education (primarily during study at UPEI).

Students normally undertake one year of study at the University, then complete the two-year Journalism program at Holland College (earning a Holland College diploma), before undertaking a final year of study at the University. The final year of study normally includes an opportunity for journalistic writing either at the University or arranged through Holland College. Deviations from the normal sequence of study between the University and Holland College are permitted. In such cases, at least five courses (15 semester-hours) of study must be completed after the Holland College diploma is earned.

Note: applicants will be placed into the General Journalism specialization until they declare another specialization.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Students complete 20 courses (60 semester hours) at the University. The program is designed to ensure breadth of exposure to areas of knowledge important to journalistic practice. All students will be required to complete a minimum of 6 (18 semester hours) 3000/4000 level courses.

The 20 courses must include:

1) UPEI 1020
2) ENG 1010 (UPEI 1010)
3) JOUR 1010
4) ENG 3810
5) ONE of: ANY MATH, PSY 2510, 2710
6) WRIT 4040
7) ANY CST or DSJS course

IN ADDITION to completing the common core courses, students must choose one of the following specializations upon which to focus:
I. General Journalism
II. Law and Politics
III. International Affairs
IV. Business and Economics
V. Environment and Health
VI. Science and Technology
VII. Arts and Entertainment

The courses required to complete these specializations are as follows:

I. General Journalism:
ONE of: BIO 1010, CHEM 1110, PHYS 1110
ONE of: HIST 1010 or 1020
ONE of: POLS 2010 or 2620
ONE of: PHIL 1020 or 2020
ONE of: HIST 3310, 3320, IST 2010
ANY course in: Anthropology, Sociology, Sociology/Anthropology, Asian Studies
One Economics course at the 1000 level
ANY course in English, Modern Languages or Fine Arts
ANY FIVE electives

II. Law and Politics:
POLS 2010 or 2020
HIST 1010 or 1020
THREE of POLS: 2110, 2120, 3110, 3140, 4010 or 4020
TWO of: DSJS 3060, 4040, ENG 2260, PHIL 2020, 2040, 2060, 2510, SOC 1010, 1020, 1050, ANTH 1050, 1070
TWO of: BUS 3010, 3020, DSJS 3020, PHIL 3030, 3510, 4270
POLS 4320 or PHIL 3530
ANY Modern Language
ANY TWO electives

III. International Affairs:
TWO of: POLS 2210, 2220, 2310, 2330, 2820
ONE of: INT 2010, 2020, PHIL 2070
TWO of: POLS 3150, 3530, 3900, 3910, 4710, 4830
ONE of: POLS 3510, 3520, 3540, 4350, 4410, 4420, 4820
ONE of: POLS 3610, 3620, 3630, 3710, 3720, 4220, 4810
ONE of: POLS 3920, 3930, 4450, 4510, 4720, 4750, EC 3310, 3320, 3410, 3420
TWO courses in a Modern Language
ONE of: POLS 4320 or PHIL 3530
ANY TWO electives

IV. Business and Economics:
EC 1010, EC 1020
ONE of EC 2030 or 2040
TWO other EC courses, 2000 level or above
BUS 1010
BUS 1710
BUS 2410
BUS 2650
ACCT 1010
ONE of PHIL 1020, 1050, 1110, 2020, 2210 or 3530
ANY TWO electives

V. Environment and Health:
BIO 1010
ONE of ENV 2020 or BIO 1020
ANY THREE other ENV courses
TWO of: POLS 2010, 2020, 2620, PHIL 1050, 2040, 2060, HIST 1010, 1020, IST 2010, EC 1010, FN 1010, PSY 2220
TWO Science courses or ONE Science course AND PSY 3330
ONE of EC 2150, HIST 2220, PHIL 2030, 3010 or 3530
ANY TWO electives

VI. Science and Technology:
BIO 1010
CHEM 1110 and CHEM 1120
PHYS 1210 and PHYS 1220, CS 1510 and CS 1520
ANY TWO of PHIL 2030, 2040, 3010, 3630, ENG 2240, HIST 2220, 4340, 3110, 3330, DSJS 4120
ANY TWO Science courses
ANY TWO electives

VII. Arts and Entertainment:
ENG 1950, TST 2440, TST 3440
TWO of: MUS 1230, 1240, 2010, 2020
THREE of: FAH 1010, 1020, ENG 2220, 3030, 3040, DSJS 3110
BUS 1010 or 1710
PHIL 2140 or 3530
ONE of IT 1320, ENG 3140, 3150, 3410
ANY TWO electives

JOURNALISM COURSES

1010 INTRODUCTION TO JOURNALISM AND MEDIA STUDIES
This course introduces students to the key concepts in media studies. The economic, social, political, and cultural contexts of modern media will be examined and analyzed. It will also consider the relationship between power, information and identity. Finally, this course will provide students with practical skills in news reporting, using the experiential learning model.
3 credit hours

3010 THE LONG FORM
The Long Form provides students with the opportunity to improve their reporting skills and to broaden their perspective by taking the long view of contemporary issues and events. In addition to developing their expertise with enterprise journalism, narrative journalism, and documentary storytelling, students will complete a final project that reflects best practices in the long form.
PREREQUISITE:  Journalism 1010, English 1010, or permission of the instructor
3 credit hours

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