Mass Communication and Journalism - Film and Media Arts Option, B.A.


Department of Media, Communications, and Journalism

Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements

Mass Communication and Journalism Major - Film and Media Arts

Majors must complete a minimum of 37 semester units of mass communication and journalism courses with a grade of C or better in each course. Each student will take 19 units of MCJ core courses and 18 units of courses in their selected option.

Each MCJ major must select an option, which is an area of specialization within the major. The options are advertising and public relations, broadcast and multiplatform journalism, digital journalism, and film and media arts. The courses required for each option are listed under Major Requirements.

1. Major requirements (37 units)
MCJ Core Courses: MCJ 2, 15, 40, 164, 171 and 199 (19 units)

Film and Media Arts Option Requirements
MCJ 4, 60, and 115 (9 units)
One Advanced Filmmaking course from: MCJ 116 or 117 (3 units)
Two Film and Media Arts electives selected from: MCJ 17, 111, 112, 113, 114W, 116, 117, 118S, 119, 120, 136, or 163 (6 units)

2. General Education requirements(49 units)
It is recommended that students take MCJ courses as part of their GE package (MCJ 1 and MCJ 175 or MCJ 178)

3. Other requirements (9 units)
American Government and Institutions (PLSI 2), Multicultural and International (MI), and Upper-division writing. Film and Media Arts program option students are required to take MCJ 114W to satisfy their UDWS requirement. It is recommended that students take an MCJ course for their MI (MCJ 176 or MCJ 179)

4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)

5. Total (120 units)

* G.E. and MI courses can be double-counted with major requirements. The writing requirement may be met by taking the upper-division writing exam. See advisor for details.

Advising Notes

  1. MCJ majors are not permitted to enroll for CR/NC grading in MCJ courses applied to the major, except for courses that require such grading.
  2. Students must meet all university graduation requirements. This includes the Upper-Division Writing requirement, which may be met by taking MCJ 102W, a "W" course from another department, or the Upper-Division Writing Exam.


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