Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Journalism and Mass Communication

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

Program-specific curriculum:

Required courses (34 credits):
PSC 1002Introduction to American Politics and Government
or PSC 1002W Introduction to American Politics and Government
STAT 1053Introduction to Statistics in Social Science
SMPA 2101Journalism: Theory & Practice
SMPA 2110WIntroduction to News Writing and Reporting (minimum grade of B required)
SMPA 2111WAdvanced News Reporting
SMPA 2112Digital Media I: Introduction to Video Production
SMPA 2113Digital Media II: Introduction to Web Production and Social Media
SMPA 2151Research Methods
SMPA 2152Data Analysis for Journalism and Political Communication
SMPA 2173Media Law
SMPA 3150Journalism Ethics
One required advanced writing/reporting course (3 credits) from the following:
SMPA 3230Reporting in the Digital Age
SMPA 3235WBroadcast News Writing
SMPA 3242Investigative Reporting
Five additional courses (15-18 credits) from the advanced writing/reporting courses listed above or from the following:
SMPA 2120Public Opinion
SMPA 2177Media History
SMPA 3193Selected Topics in Journalism and Mass Communication Skills
SMPA 3195Selected Topics in Journalism and Mass Communication
SMPA 3196Independent Study
SMPA 3197Internship (Only one, three-credit internship can count toward the major)
SMPA 3233Photojournalism
SMPA 3234Editing and Design for Print and Web
SMPA 3236WBroadcast News Reporting
SMPA 3240WWashington Reporting
SMPA 3241WCampaign Reporting
SMPA 3243WFeature Writing
SMPA 3244WNarrative Journalism
SMPA 3245WEditorial and Persuasive Writing
SMPA 3246Specialized Reporting
SMPA 3247Documentary Production
SMPA 3428Media, Politics, and Government
SMPA 3450Social Media
SMPA 3460Race, Media, and Politics
SMPA 3463Media Bias
SMPA 3469International Communication
SMPA 3470Comparative Media Systems
SMPA 3471Media in the Developing World
SMPA 3472Media and Foreign Policy
SMPA 3475Media Management
SMPA 3476Media, Technology, and Culture
SMPA 3477Information Technology and Politics
SMPA 3479Documentary
SMPA 3480The Future of Journalism
SMPA 4198Special Honors Research Seminar
One capstone course (4 credits) from the following:
SMPA 4180Online Journalism Workshop
SMPA 4181Television News Workshop
SMPA 4182Specialized Journalism Workshop

In addition to the University General Education Requirement, undergraduate students in Columbian College must complete a further, College-specific general education curriculum—Perspective, Analysis, Communication, or G-PAC. Together with the University General Education Requirement, G-PAC engages students in active intellectual inquiry across the liberal arts. Students achieve a set of learning outcomes that enhance their analytical skills, develop their communication competencies, and invite them to participate as responsible citizens who are attentive to issues of culture, diversity, and privilege.

G-PAC approved courses, Dean's Seminars, and Sophomore Colloquia that may be available for registration are listed on the CCAS Advising website.

Coursework for the University General Education Requirement is distributed as follows:

  • Writing—one approved course in university writing and two approved writing in the disciplines (WID) courses.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical or creative thinking skills.
  • Mathematics or Statistics—one approved course in either mathematics or statistics.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry.
  • Social Sciences—two approved courses in the social sciences.

Coursework for the Columbian College general education curriculum is distributed as follows:

  • Arts—one approved course in the arts that involves the study or creation of artwork based on an understanding or interpretation of artistic traditions or knowledge of art in a contemporary context.
  • Global or Cross-Cultural Perspective—one approved course that analyzes the ways in which institutions, practices, and problems transcend national and regional boundaries.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical thinking skills (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement).
  • Local or Civic Engagement—one approved course that develops the values, ethics, disciplines, and commitment to pursue responsible public action.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement.
  • Oral Communication—one course in oral communication.

Certain courses are approved to fulfill the requirement in more than one of these categories.

Courses taken in fulfillment of G-PAC also may be counted toward majors or minors. Transfer courses taken prior to, but not after, admission to George Washington University may count toward the University General Education Requirement and G-PAC, if those transfer courses are equivalent to GW courses that have been approved by the University and the College.

In addition to the general requirements stated under University Regulations, in order to be considered for graduation with Special Honors, students must have attained a 3.7 GPA in all courses completed at GW and in all courses required for the major. Students intending to apply for Special Honors must consult their advisor at the start of the senior year. Application must be made by the mid-point of the student’s final semester (October 15 or March 15), and must include a letter of application and a portfolio of published or broadcast work. The journalism and mass communication faculty evaluates the work on the basis of professional standards as outlined by the department. Students interested in pursuing Special Honors through writing a research thesis should consult their advisor.