Mar 23, 2018  
2017-2018 Catalog 
2017-2018 Catalog

Multimedia Journalism Emphasis, Communication (BS)

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Communication Major

  • Program Prerequisite: Not required.
  • Minor: Students may complete a minor approved by their academic advisor OR one of the tracks associated with any of the six interdisciplinary emphasis areas: Civic Advocacy, Digital Media, Interpersonal & Family Communication, Multimedia Journalism, Organizational Communication, and Public Relations & Advertising. A student may not receive both a major and a minor from the Department of Communication.
  • Grade Requirements: A grade of “C” or better in courses is required for this major (a grade of “C-” is not acceptable), in addition to an overall GPA of 2.00 or higher for all courses.
  • Credit Hour Requirements: A total of 120 credit hours is required for graduation. A total of 40 upper-division credit hours is required (courses numbered 3000 and above). Between 27-35 credits of upper-division is required within the major, depending on the selected emphasis.

To enroll in upper-division Communication courses, a student must hold upper-division standing in the university.  Students must complete at least 50 percent of their Communication course-work at Weber State University in order to receive a major or a minor in Communication.


Students are encouraged to meet with the appropriate department advisor depending on their selected emphasis. Refer to the Communication Department website for a current list of department advisors -

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Admission Requirements

Declare your program of study at the Communication Department office, Elizabeth Hall 330. No special admission or application requirements are needed for this program.

General Education

Refer to Degree Requirements  for either Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science requirements. See specific requirements for the BA and BS under the major course requirements. The following courses, required for the Communication major, will also satisfy general education requirements: COMM 1020 , COMM 2010 , and COMM 2110 .

Emphasis Areas

Select one of the following emphasis areas in Communication:

  • Civic Advocacy
  • Digital Media
  • Interpersonal & Family Communication
  • Multimedia Journalism
  • Organizational Communication
  • Public Relations & Advertising


Major Course Requirements for BS or BA Degree

Students, regardless of their emphasis, must successfully complete required and elective Communication courses specified for each emphasis.  Students must complete a minor approved by the department or the classes required in an interdisciplinary track.

Multimedia Journalism Emphasis (45 credit hours)

The Multimedia Journalism emphasis teaches students how to collect and write information or produce video and audio content regarding current events–including trends, issues and people–for publication in a website, newspaper, or magazine. The curriculum emphasizes writing skills and video/audio production skills, but students also learn about research, interviewing, editing, layout and design, and legal and ethical issues in journalism.

Students must complete a minor approved by their advisor or select one of the following interdisciplinary tracks:

  • Technical Writing
  • Web Publishing
  • Literary Journalism
  • General Reporting
  • Sports Journalism


Elective Courses (15 credit hours)

See department advisor for an approved list of additional non-Communication Department courses for the tracks (15 credit hours).

Sports Journalism Track

Required (6-8 credits):

  • PE credits (3-5) from at least three different sports representing an international understanding of sport (each class counts for 1 credit)

Choose 7-9 credits from among the following:

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