Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Communication, Bachelor of Science (BS) - Concentration in Converged Journalism - Liberal Studies

Program Learning Outcomes

Communication - Converged Journalism, BS

  • Demonstrate the ability to write all elements of a basic news story following AP professional journalistic style with proper content, grammar, style, and editing components.
  • Employ new media technologies in reporting.
  • Employ advanced reporting and investigating skills.

Strategic Communication and Media Department, Overall

  • Writing competency: Students will demonstrate the ability to write and present messages clearly and effectively.
  • Context of the field: Students will understand the history, concepts, and principles of the field and critically apply these elements to current issues within the discipline.
  • Career readiness: Students will demonstrate proficiency in message production required for entry-level positions in the field.
  • Ethics and legal issues: Students will understand ethical and legal issues facing communicators in the 21st century.

Related Links

Communication - Converged Journalism, BS Program Page

Strategic Communication and Media Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 2.5 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.0 or higher


Liberal Studies Requirements45-46
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements57

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Liberal Studies Requirements

Goal Course Requirements
Basic Requirements
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
COMM 200Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice3
The Arts
Global Community
Goal - Non-US3
Goal - Non-US3
Goal - US3
Human Institutions/Interpersonal Relationships
Science, Technology & Math
Goal - Sci3
Goal - Sci3
Lab - Sci0-1
Goal - Math3
Challenges of the Modern Age
Enrichment Course Requirements
Select one course from three of the following Enrichment areas:9
Total Hours45-46

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3

Major Requirements

  • 29 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 29 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
Core Requirements
COMM 110Communication Concepts 1,23
COMM 263Mass Media and Society 13
COMM 310Communication Research Methods 1,23
COMM 410Communication Law 1,23
COMM 497Senior Capstone Seminar 13
Journalism Requirements
COMM 232Publication Production 13
or COMM 248 Interactive Multimedia 1
COMM 242Journalistic Writing 1,23
COMM 247Photojournalism 13
COMM 347New-Media Journalism 13
COMM 348Advanced Journalistic Writing and Reporting 13
COMM 354TV Studio Production 13
COMM 355TV Field Production 13
COMM 450Internship 13-12
Journalism Electives
Select 6 courses (at least two must be at the 400 level)18
Publication Production
Interactive Multimedia 1 1
Video Production 1
Social Media 1
Publication Production 1
Audio Production 1
Global Media 1
History of Journalism 1
Issues in Journalism 1
Live Broadcast Production 1
History of Broadcasting 1
Total Hours57-66

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Concentration in Converged Journalism (CVJR)
This program is effective as of Fall 2018.
Revised 7-2018