Academic Catalog 2021-2022

Slippery Rock University

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

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: 2.0 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.0 or higher


Rock Studies Requirements42
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major/Concentration 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.

Rock Studies Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139University Seminar 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
MATH 117Quantitative Reasoning3
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Natural Sciences Inquiry
SCI 101Science of Life3
Physical Sciences Inquiry
SCI 102Understanding the Physical World3
Thematic Thread
Select 12 Credits 212
Total Hours42

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 235Introduction to Digital Design 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
Introduction to Digital Design 1
Interactive Multimedia 1 1
Video Production 1
Social Media 1
Publication Production 1
Sports Journalism
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 2019.
Revised 10.28.2021
UCC 3.5.2019 

Recommended Four-Year Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
SUBJ 139University Seminar 1 3
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
COMM 110 Communication Concepts (SSI) 3
COMM 263 Mass Media and Society 3
INDS 101 FYRST Seminar 1
Creative & Aesthetic Inquiry 3
Select one of the following: 3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice  
Ethics and Civil Discourse  
Civil Discourse and Democracy  
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
COMM 235
Introduction to Digital Design
or Interactive Multimedia 1
MATH 117 Quantitative Reasoning 3
Humanities Inquiry 3
Second Year
COMM 242 Journalistic Writing 3
SCI 101 Science of Life 3
Converged Journalism Elective 3
Electives 6
Declare a Thematic Thread 2  
COMM 247 Photojournalism (S) 3
SCI 102 Understanding the Physical World 3
Converged Journalism Elective 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Electives 3
Third Year
COMM 310 Communication Research Methods 3
COMM 347 New-Media Journalism 3
Converged Journalism Elective 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Elective 3
COMM 355 TV Field Production 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Converged Journalism Elective 3
Electives 6
Fourth Year
COMM 410 Communication Law 3
COMM 354 TV Studio Production 3
Converged Journalism Elective 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 6
COMM 497 Senior Capstone Seminar 3
COMM 348 Advanced Journalistic Writing and Reporting 3
COMM 450 Internship 3
Converged Journalism Elective 3
Electives 3
 Total Hours**121

Major Code: 2118
Concentration Code: CVJR
Revised: 10-2019

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Some planners may show more than 120 credits because faculty have created flexibility in choosing courses.  However, only 120 credits are required to obtain a degree. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year.