UB Undergraduate Catalog 2006-2007: Journalism Certificate Program<sup>*</sup>

Journalism Certificate Program*

Contact Information

321 Clemens Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4610

Phone: 716.645.2575 ext. 1007
Fax: 716.645.5980
Email: ub-journalism@buffalo.edu

Dr. Charity Vogel and Andrew Galarneau
Co-Directors
cavogel@buffalo.edu

Department of Communication

College of Arts and Sciences
359 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1060

Phone: 716.645.2086
Web: www.informatics.buffalo.edu

Department of English

College of Arts and Sciences
306 Clemens Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4610

Phone: 716.645.2575
Fax: 716.645.5980
Web: www.cas.buffalo.edu

Department of Media Study

College of Arts and Sciences
231 Center for the Arts
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-6020

Phone: 716.645.6902
Fax: 716.645.6979
Web: wings.buffalo.edu/mediastudy

About the Program

*Not a baccalaureate degree program

Today�s media recruiters want candidates with more than solid reporting and story-writing skills. They want applicants with specialized knowledge in complicated subject areas � plus the ability to delve into those areas and provide meaningful contexts for news events, for readers and viewers.

The journalism certificate program at UB provides students with an educational foundation in writing and reporting for publication, emphasizing hands-on workshops and internships designed to transition students into the professional world. Classes concentrate on journalistic skills including feature writing, news reporting, and opinion writing.

In addition, the program fosters an understanding of U.S. and global media, journalism ethics and integrity standards associated with the journalism profession. It�s an interdisciplinary course of study comprised of coursework offered by the Departments of English, Communication, and Media Study.

The certificate should be viewed as an accompaniment to a student�s major course of studies. Concentrating on subjects such as business, law, history or political science for the core of undergraduate studies will give students a foundation to draw on in pursuing a journalism career.

The journalism certificate is not a baccalaureate degree program. It�s designed to help students master the tools of journalism while offering the freedom to concentrate on core knowledge areas � putting students on the right track to succeed in the professional media world.

Degree Options

Certificate in Journalism.

Note: The certificate is awarded upon completion of all program requirements and completion of a bachelor�s degree at the University at Buffalo.

Advisement

Students interested in the Journalism Certificate Program should seek advisement on course selection from the directors of the program, Dr. Charity Vogel or Andrew Galarneau, English Department, 321 Clemens Hall.

Journalism Certificate Program - Certificate

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.5 overall.
Completion of the certificate program prerequisites, with a minimum GPA of 2.5.

Advising Notes

Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 overall in required and elective Certificate courses in order to remain in the program.

Prerequisite Courses

ENG 101 Writing 1 and ENG 201 Advanced Writing, or ENG 102 Writing 2, as placed, unless exempted
COM 101 Principles of Communication
COM 125 Introduction to the Internet

Required Courses

COM 240 Survey of Mass Communication or DMS 259 Introduction to Media Analysis
COM 353 Communication Ethics or ENG 393 Ethics in Journalism
ENG 398 Journalism or COM 398 Journalism (several options are available; see directors for advisement.)
ENG 437 Advanced Writing Workshop (Fall) or COM 494 Internship in Communication
ENG 437 Advanced Writing Workshop (Spring)
Electives (two courses): to be selected upon consideratin with the program advisor.

Summary
Total required credit hours for the certificate: 27

Note: The certificate is awarded upon completion of all program requirements and completion of a bachelor�s degree at the University at Buffalo.

Updated: Jul 12, 2006 11:11:00 AM