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The 2023-2024 requirements are not yet finalized and are subject to change so long as this notice is in place. While the information presented is generally reliable, you should confirm the information later this summer when requirements are finalized.
The Media School

Certificate in Journalism (Certificates)

Students on Summer 2021, Fall 2021, or Spring 2022 requirements JOURUGACR1


The certificate requires at least 24 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.
  1. Core Courses.
    1. Media. One (1) course:
      • MSCH-C 101 Media
    2. Reporting, Writing, and Editing I. One (1) course:
      • MSCH-C 225 Reporting, Writing, and Editing I
      • MSCH-C 250 Story Lab I
    3. Visual Communication. One (1) course:
      • MSCH-C 226 Visual Communication
      • MSCH-C 251 Story Lab II
    4. Communication Law. One (1) course:
      • MSCH-H 300 Ernie Pyle Scholars Communications Law
      • MSCH-J 300 Communications Law
    5. The Media as Ethical and Social Institutions. One (1) course:
      • MSCH-H 410 Media as Ethical and Social Institutions for Honors Students
      • MSCH-J 410 The Media as Ethical and Social Institutions
  2. Advanced Skills. Two (2) courses:
    • MSCH-B 332 Sports Writing and Reporting
    • MSCH-B 333 Sportscasting
    • MSCH-B 334 Social Media in Sports
    • MSCH-B 340 Sports Video Storytelling
    • MSCH-B 350 Esports Journalism
    • MSCH-B 430 Sports Media Laboratory
    • MSCH-B 432 Advanced Sports Writing
    • MSCH-J 301 Story Lab III
    • MSCH-J 315 Feature Writing
    • MSCH-J 331 Podcasting and Audio Storytelling
    • MSCH-J 341 News Reporting
    • MSCH-J 342 Magazine Reporting
    • MSCH-J 343 Broadcast News
    • MSCH-J 344 Photojournalism Reporting
    • MSCH-J 351 News Editing
    • MSCH-J 352 Magazine Editing
    • MSCH-J 353 Advanced Broadcast News
    • MSCH-J 354 Photojournalism Editing
    • MSCH-J 360 Journalism Specialties (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
    • MSCH-J 362 Journalism Multimedia Storytelling
    • MSCH-J 363 Web and Mobile Design
    • MSCH-J 365 Graphic Design I
    • MSCH-J 385 Television News Reporting and Producing
    • MSCH-J 400 Converged Newsroom
    • MSCH-J 401 Depth Reporting and Editing
    • MSCH-J 402 Depth Photojournalism
    • MSCH-J 404 Depth Multimedia
    • MSCH-J 408 Investigative Reporting
    • MSCH-J 413 Covering Murder and Mayhem
    • MSCH-J 414 Narrative Journalism
    • MSCH-J 415 Literary Journalism
    • MSCH-J 416 Story Mechanics
    • MSCH-J 426 Reporting on Fashion, Beauty, and Lifestyle
    • MSCH-J 431 Advanced Podcasting and Audio Storytelling
    • MSCH-J 444 Advanced Photojournalism
    • MSCH-J 460 Topics Colloquium (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
    • MSCH-J 464 Infographics
    • MSCH-J 465 Graphic Design II
    • MSCH-R 349 Public Relations Writing
    • MSCH-R 429 Public Relations Campaigns
  3. Electives. One (1) of the following options:
    • Journalism Course. One (1) course:
      • Additional MSCH-J course
      • Additional MSCH-R course
      • MSCH-X 474 Journalism Internship
      • MSCH-X 478 Field Experience in Media (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
    • CASE Intensive Writing Course. One (1) course:
      • Any CASE Intensive Writing course except MSCH-J 410
    • Statistics Course. One (1) course:
      • CJUS-K 300 Techniques of Data Analysis
      • ECON-E 370 Statistical Analysis for Business and Economics
      • LAMP-L 316 Junior Seminar: Analytical Problem Solving
      • PSY-K 300 Statistical Techniques
      • PSY-K 310 Statistical Techniques
      • SOC-S 371 Statistics in Sociology
      • STAT-S 211 Statistics for Journalists
      • STAT-S 300 Introduction to Applied Statistical Methods
      • STAT-S 303 Applied Statistical Methods for the Life Sciences
  4. Certificate GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. Certificate GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the certificate—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    2. Certificate Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the certificate.
    3. Certificate Upper Division Credit Hours. At least 9 credit hours in the certificate must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    4. Certificate Residency. At least 9 credit hours in the certificate must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.

Certificate Area Courses

Unless otherwise noted below, the following courses are considered in the academic program and will count toward academic program requirements as appropriate:

  • Any course at the 100-499 level with the MSCH-J or MSCH-R subject area prefix--as well as any other subject areas that are deemed functionally equivalent
  • Any course contained on the course lists for the academic program requirements at the time the course is taken--as well as any other courses that are deemed functionally equivalent--except for those listed only under Addenda Requirements
  • Any course directed to a non-Addenda requirement through an approved exception

This program of study cannot be combined with the following:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (JOURBAJ)
  • Minor in Game Design (GAMEDSNMIN)
  • Minor in Global Media (GLVMDIAMIN)
  • Minor in Media and Creative Advertising (MDCRADMIN)
  • Minor in Media and Diversity (MDIADIVMIN)
  • Minor in Media Law and Ethics (MDLWETMIN)
  • Minor in Media Persuasion (MDIAPRSMIN)
  • Minor in Media, Sex and Gender (MDGNDRMIN)
  • Minor in Public Relations (PBLCRELMIN)
  • [Discontinued credential name unavailable] (FAMEDIAMIN)
  • [Discontinued credential name unavailable] (SPORTMDMIN)

Exceptions to and substitutions for certificate requirements may be made with the approval of the unit's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.