Course Selection Tips

Course selection tips for BJ students (admitted in 2010-2011)

General regulations

Candidates shall complete not fewer than 180 and not more than 216 credits of courses over the three-year period, with minimum 24 credits introductory courses in journalism and the rest in advanced courses.  The required range per semester is between 24 and 36 credits, except for the last semester of study. 

To fulfill the requirement for advanced courses, students must take 18 credits of Journalism and Media Studies Centre core courses, 30 credits of JMSC elective courses and 12 credits of summer internship (JMSC0201). In addition, students must declare a  second major and take a minimum of 60 credits in these courses.

For more details, see the Regulations and Syllabus for the Degree of Bachelor of Journalism.

Introductory courses

A)    Common Core Courses and language enhancement courses
Candidates are required to take the following Common Core Courses and language enhancement courses in their first year of study

Language studies courses: CAES1901, CAES1910, CSSC1001 or CUND0002 or UND0003

B)     Core courses in journalism

Candidates are required to take the following core courses in their first year of study:

JMSC0101, JMSC0103, JMSC0104, JMSC0107

Advanced courses

18 credits of core courses plus 30 credits of elective courses s in journalism

A second major is defined as completing successfully not fewer than 60 credits of courses in a particular programme including all pre-requisites unless otherwise specified.

C)    12 credits of summer internship (JMSC0201)
        

This course commits students to a minimum eight weeks of full-time internship in journalism or media-related jobs.  Students must file a report to the programme director within two weeks of the last day of work.  Before undertaking an internship, students are required to participate in pre-internship training for a minimum four weeks to be taken usually in the summer following the first year of study.

(D)  Course selection tips for non-BJ students

Non-BJ students interested in journalism can benefit from journalism courses by declaring a minor, or taking elective or broadening courses.

Minor in journalism and media studies
Students majoring in the following subjects can declare a minor in Journalism and Media Studies.  A minimum of 24 credits advanced courses plus JMSC0101 and JMSC0108 are required of Journalism and Media Studies minors.
Arts (BA)
Social Sciences (BSocSc)
Laws (LLB)+
Science (BSc)
Engineering in Computer Science (BEng[CompSc])
Business Administration (BBA)
Business Administration in Accounting and Finance (BBA[Acc&Fin])
Business Administration (Information Systems) (BBA[IS])
Business Administration (Law) (BBA[Law])
Business Administration in International Business Global Management (BBA[IBGM])
Economics (BEcon)
Economics and Finance (BEcon&Fin)
Finance (BFin)
Science in Exercise and Health (BSc[Exercise&Health])

Broadening Course
The Journalism and Media Studies Centre offers the following broadening course to non-Bachelor of Journalism students:
Humanities and Social Sciences Studies:
YJMS0002 Media Literacy in the Age of Globalization