Exploratory Studies: Journalism and Communication Interest


Students in this track have applied to the Journalism and Media Communications major. Students may continue to work toward admission into the major while also exploring other related majors.

This is a guide and should be used in conjunction with advising.

MATH Placement:

The Journalism & Media Communication major requires a minimum 3 credits of math for graduation at CSU.  What class you choose should reflect your goals. Sometimes it makes sense to take College Algebra. Other times, students choose MATH101 or STAT100. Please discuss with an advising professional. Students should complete Math Placement prior to enrollment and complete math in the first year.

English Composition Placement:

Students should consult the composition placement website to determine if the placement survey is needed and work with an advisor on building it into the first-year plan.  

Foundational First Year Courses

Semester 1

  • CO150 College Composition (3 credits)*
  • JTC100  Media in Society (3 credits)
  • First-Year Seminar (1-3 credits)
  • AUCC or Exploratory Courses to get to 14-16 total credits

Semester 2

  • CO150 College Composition (3 credits)* if not taken in 1st semester
  • AUCC 1C:  Quantitative Reasoning (3 credits)
    • Talk with advisor about options based on interests
  • JTC210 Newswriting (3 credits)
  • AUCC or Exploratory Courses to get to 14-16 total credits

*Remember, CO150 should be done in the 1st year, not necessarily the 1st semester

Extra-curricular Exploration

Exploratory Studies students should engage in at least 2 exploration activities in each semester

Join the Student Media (newspaper, television, radio) 

SLICE – Involvement Advising – look for any club and then build leadership through marketing roles 

Visit a Career Counselor at the Career Center 

Walk through the Clark Building C-wing and look at the JMC department bulletin boards 

Schedule an Exploring Majors advising appointment

Join a media-related student organization 

Use a professor’s office hours – ask them what they do and how they found their field. 

Sit in on a class in a field of study you are curious about.  

Exploratory course options

  • JTC203: Television Studio Production 
  • JTC204: Radio Production    
  • JTC210: Newswriting 
  • JTC355: Advertising (fall/spring)    
  • SPCM200: Public Speaking
  • SPCM232: Group Communication
  • SPCM278: Communication Skills: variety of topics
  • Assorted WS classes: 269 or 270 (fall/spring)   

6-12 CREDITS AUCC or Exploratory Courses each semester. Depending on foundational credits