Sports, Emphasis

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Major

The Core Curriculum is designed to foster critical thinking skills and introduce students to basic domains of thinking that transcend disciplines. The Core applies to all majors. Information on specific classes in the Core can be found at https://www.marshall.edu/gened/.

Core Curriculum
Core 1: Critical Thinking
FYS 100First Yr Sem Critical Thinking3
Critical Thinking3
Critical Thinking3
Core 2
ENG 101 Bison image  Cap graduation image Beginning Composition3
ENG 201 Bison image  Cap graduation image Advanced Composition3
CMM 103 Cap graduation image Fund Speech-Communication3
Core II Mathematics3
Core II Natural/Physical Science4
Core II Humanities3
Core II Social Science3
Core II Fine Arts3
Additional University Requirements
Writing Intensive3
Writing Intensive3
International and Multicultural3
JMC 465 Bison image Multimedia Reporting (Capstone)3
Major Requirements
Modern Language3
Modern Language3
Select one of the following Cultural Courses:3
Cultural Anthropology (CT)
Introductory Sociology (CT)
Intro to Human Geography (CT)
Multicultural3
International 13
History Elective3
Literature Elective3
Literature Elective3
JMC 101 Bison image  Cap graduation image Media Literacy3
JMC 102 Cap graduation image Media Toolbox3
JMC 103Language Use for Media1
JMC 241 Cap graduation image Media Design3
JMC 260Digital Imaging for JMC3
JMC 345Mass Comm Law and Ethics3
JMC 361Digital Presence3
JMC 470/490Professional Practicum (Internship)3
Area of Emphasis-Specific
JMC 300Reporting and News Writing3
JMC 303Sports News Reporting3
JMC 458Emerging Media for Journalists3
JMC 465 Bison image Multimedia Reporting3
JMC 231Intro to Audio Production3
JMC 235Intro to Sports Journalism3
JMC 321Sportscasting3
JMC 330AD-PR Principles and Ethics3
or JMC 390 Media Sales & Underwriting
Select three credit hours from the following:3
Radio-TV Announ & Newscasting
Intro to Video Production
Practice in Radio
Practice in Radio
Practice in Radio or TV
Practice in Radio or TV
Required non-JMC sports option3
Required non-JMC sports option3
Required non-JMC sports option3
Non-JMC elective 300/4003
Non-JMC elective2
Required Non-JMC Sports Options
Select three of the following:9
HST 451History of Women in Sports3
or HST 452 History of Sports in America
STHM 218 Bison image Sports in Society (CT)3
STHM 270Sport Tourism3
STHM 380Sport Marketing3
STHM 401Ethics in Sport3
STHM 496Olympic Games3

Major Information

  • All journalism and mass communications majors must pass a language proficiency exam before admission to any JMC courses at the 300/400 level. The language proficiency requirement may also be met by completing JMC 100 Fund Jrn Writing & Edit  with a C or better or by completing JMC 103 Language Use for Media with a C or better. ACT verbal scores of 30 or better or SAT verbal scores of 650 or better may be used in place of the exam.
  • No more than 4 hours of non-JMC electives may be completed in PEL.
  • All SOJMC majors must complete 3 credit hours of internship. Ideally, internships should be completed during the summer between the junior and senior years. To ensure your work is properly credited, you must work through the internship director.
    • Submit a complete internship application.
    • Secure approval of the employment or other work.
    • Get permission to enroll in JMC 490 Jrn & Mass Comm Internship I , JMC 491 Jrn & Mass Comm Intern II or JMC 470 Professional Practicum.
    • Maintain weekly contact, attend scheduled meetings and submit a final report and a portfolio.

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Four Year Plan

Careers in journalism and mass communications are increasingly multilayered as technology and new media outlets spur fresh job titles and responsibilities in social media, web management, multimedia and video production, and data analysis in addition to traditional positions. Majors in SOJMC are configured to reflect new realities of the industry, provide a foundation for all JMC fields that then fan into specializations. With an emphasis in sports Journalism students gather information, analyze data, announce games, interview, and print, broadcast, and social media news features for a variety of sporting events. Practical experience is gained working with The Parthenon, WMULFM 88.1 and Basketball Friday Night in West Virginia.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterCredit Hours
FYS 100 First Yr Sem Critical Thinking 3
JMC 101 Bison image  Cap graduation image Media Literacy 3
JMC 103 Language Use for Media 1
CMM 103 Cap graduation image Fund Speech-Communication 3
ENG 101 Bison image  Cap graduation image Beginning Composition 3
Core II Fine Arts 3
UNI 100 Freshman First Class 1
 Credit Hours17
Second Semester
Core II Mathematics 3
JMC 102 Cap graduation image Media Toolbox 3
JMC 235 Intro to Sports Journalism 3
Core I Critical Thinking 3
Core I Critical Thinking 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Year
First Semester
JMC 300 Reporting and News Writing 3
ENG 201 Bison image  Cap graduation image Advanced Composition 3
Select one of the following: 3
Cultural Anthropology (CT) (M/I)  
Introductory Sociology (CT) (M/I)  
Intro to Human Geography (CT) (M/I)  
International 3
Core II Physical/Natural Science 4
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
JMC 231 Intro to Audio Production 3
JMC 241 Cap graduation image Media Design 3
JMC 260 Digital Imaging for JMC 3
Core II Humanities (WI) 3
Core II Social Science 3
 Credit Hours15
Third Year
First Semester
JMC 303 Sports News Reporting 3
JMC 321 Sportscasting 3
JMC 361 Digital Presence 3
Literature Elective (WI) 3
Any Modern Language 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
JMC 330
AD-PR Principles and Ethics
or Media Sales & Underwriting
3
Required non-JMC sports option 3
History Elective 3
Literature Elective 3
Any Modern Language 3
 Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
First Semester
JMC 458 Emerging Media for Journalists 3
Select one of the following: 3
Radio-TV Announ & Newscasting  
Intro to Video Production  
Practice in Radio  
Practice in Radio  
Practice in Radio or TV  
Practice in Radio or TV  
Required non-JMC sports option 3
Required non-JMC sports option 3
JMC 490 Jrn & Mass Comm Internship I (if not taken during summer) 1 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
JMC 345 Mass Comm Law and Ethics 3
JMC 465 Bison image Multimedia Reporting 3
Multicultural 3
Non-JMC elective 300/400 3
Non-JMC Elective 1
 Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours121