A BA in Mass Communication with an empha¬sis in Journalism prepares students for careers in newspapers, magazines, radio, television or internet journalism as reporters, writers, photographers, or editors.
For the Bachelor of Arts Degree: Minimum of 120 hours/credits, completion of UALR core requirements, 42 hours of major requirements, completion of an Outside Upper Level requirement (12 hours), UALR GPA of 2.0 overall.
SMC Core Classes (9 hours)
MCOM 1300 Careers in Mass Media
MCOM 2330 Mass Media and Society
MCOM 3310 Web Principles and Design
Emphasis Requirements (24 hours)
MCOM 2300 Introduction to Media Production
MCOM 2350 Beginning Reporting
MCOM 3350 News Editing
MCOM 3365 Radio-TV Journalism
MCOM 3320 Advanced Reporting OR MCOM 3366 Electronic News Gathering
MCOM 4359 Feature and Magazine Writing OR MCOM 4354 Documentary Techniques
MCOM 4352 News Media and the First Amendment
MCOM 4388 Public Affairs Reporting
Emphasis Electives (9 hours)
Theory and Criticism (3 hours)
Select one course from: MCOM 3315 Mass Media Research; MCOM 4384 Topics in Mass Communication; MCOM 4386 Images of Minorities in the Mass Media; MCOM 4375 Journalistic Freedom and Responsibility; MCOM 4357 Seminar in Radio-Television Journalism; MCOM 4353 History of the Mass Media
Advanced Skills classes (6 hours taken from both Broadcasting and Print areas):
Broadcasting: MCOM 3345 Studio Production; MCOM 3390 Non-Linear Editing; MCOM 4354 Documentary Techniques; MCOM 3380 Practicum; MCOM 4390 Internship; MCOM 4391 Mass Communication Cooperative Education.
Print: MCOM 3330 Photojournalism; MCOM 4350 Design and Production; MCOM 4380 Public Relations Writing; MCOM 3380 Practicum; MCOM 4390 Internship; MCOM 4391 Mass Communication Cooperative Education.
The School also offers a master of arts degree in journalism. See the UALR Graduate Catalog for details.
The School sponsors chapters of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national journalism scholarship society, the National Association of Black Journalists, the Public Relations Student Society of America, and the Society of Professional Journalists.
Journalism majors are invited to apply for annual scholarships contributed by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the Arkansas Newspaper Foundation, friends of Edward Jay Friedlander, friends of William K. Rutherford, Herbert and Gertrude Latkin, friends of Harry Ashmore, Clifton O. Lawhorne, the family of Roy Mitchell, and Edith Wood Sweezy, the Governor Orval E. Faubus Scholarship, and the Jerol Garrison Journalism Scholarship. Journalism students also may compete for other University scholarships.
All material submitted by students as assignments in writing, reporting, editing, photography, and electronic news gathering classes is subject to broadcast or publication. The School uses a variety of electronic and print media outlets, including its own statewide news service.
Students taking journalism writing courses must have at least minimal word processing ability.