Multimedia Studies: Multimedia Journalism

Multimedia Journalism Studies

Overview Criteria and Requirements

Credits to Graduate: 120
Credits in Major: 38
Upper Division Credits in Arts & Letters: 12
FAU Residence Credits: 30
Upper Division Credits: 45

Overall 2.5 GPA required for entry into major
Overall 2.5 GPA must be maintained to remain in major
Grade of "C" or better is required for each course in the major. All courses in the major must be graded. Pass/Fail is not accepted.

The Multimedia Journalism Sequence prepares students to work in the new media convergence environment — where competition, deregulation, and digital technology break down the barriers among print, radio, television, and the Internet.

Students are expected to develop strong basic writing and analytical skills and then to become adept at writing and producing for multiple media platforms simultaneously, exhibiting the versatility necessary to succeed in a quickly evolving and growing media market.

The goals of the Multimedia Journalism Sequence are to provide a broad liberal arts education as well as develop professional skills so that graduates are able to fully exercise the civic responsibilities of journalists for the lively functioning of democratic institutions. In addition, students will choose an emphasis in another discipline that will help them fulfill the important role of information provider in today's global, technological, and information-based society.


The following courses are required:

  • MMC 1540 Introduction to Media Studies
  • MMC 3403 Mass Communication Theory
  • MMC 4640 Public Opinion and Modernity
  • JOU 4004 U.S. Journalism
  • VIC 4943 Multimedia Practicum

Practicum prerequisite: News and News Reporting, Broadcast Journalism and Multimedia Journalism; seniors only.

Attention SCMS Students--Effective Fall 2021: Submission of the course authorization form will no longer be required to register for Capstone/Practicum. Eligible students must have senior class status (90+ credit hours) and major (Communication Studies or Multimedia Studies, MMJ or FVNM) to register. Please log on to My FAU when you are able to register for the course. See your specific registration day and time at .

Performance and Production

The following courses are required*:

  • JOU 3101 News and News Reporting
  • JOU 4181 Coverage of Public Affairs
  • RTV 4301 Broadcast Journalism
  • JOU 4342 Multimedia Journalism

* Performance and Production courses must be taken in the order listed, beginning with JOU 3101 and concluding with JOU 4342.


A minimum of 9 credit hours required:

  • COM 3500 Political Communication
  • COM 3945 Communication Internship
  • COM 4332 Studies in New Media
  • COM 4621 News Media Ethics
  • DIG 3110 Fundamentals of Multimedia
  • DIG 4820 Web Research for Journalists
  • FIL 4364 Documentary Film and Video
  • JOU 4223 Editing and Layout
  • JOU 4311 Feature and Freelance Writing
  • JOU 4316 International Reporting
  • JOU 4314 Environmental Journalism
  • JOU 4601 Photojournalism
  • MMC 4200 Mass Communication Law and Regulation
  • MMC 4263 Media, Society and Technology
  • MMC 4502 Mass Communication in North American Social Thought
  • MMC 4642 Communication and Social Power
  • PUR 4411 Public and Community Relations
  • RTV 3228C Television Production
  • RTV 3260 Video Production
  • RTV 3332C Documentary Video Production
  • RTV 4403 U.S. Telecommunication Industry


A minimum of 12 credit hours is recommended.

Because of the growing need for journalists who can communicate about increasingly complex subjects, students are advised to earn a minor in an area such as History, Sociology, or Political Science, or complete a certificate program in a field such as Environmental Studies or Ethnic Studies.

Academic Learning Compact

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