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    For students entering in 2023-24
English - Journalism Area of Study (B.A.) Suggested 4-year Plan

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» English - Journalism Area of Study (B.A.): Suggested 4-year Plan for 2023-24

How to Use your 4-year Plan

  • This is a suggested 4-year plan for your major and not meant to replace regular academic advising.
  • The plan is flexible and can be changed to accommodate studying abroad, a second major/minor(s) or AP/IB credits.
  • You should work with an academic advisor to develop a plan that meets your interests and goals.
  • You must earn a minimum of 120 credits to graduate and 46 major-specific credits to earn a B.A. in English with Journalism as your Area of Study.
  • Transfer students and those looking to add B.A. in English as a second major should contact the program advisor for degree planning.
  • If you have any questions, please contact lhall@chapman.edu.

Suggested 4-year Plan

  • We encourage you to select your General Education (GE) and minor/second major/Themed Inquiry/Honors program around the plan below. Once you fill your GE classes around your major classes, you will have a better idea of space remaining each semester when choosing your Exploration Focus.
  • To be enrolled full time, you must take at least 12 credits a semester.
  • In order to graduate within 4 years, we recommend you take 30 credits a year.

 

Year 1

In the first year, ​​take the Journalism Core courses: ENG 215 & ENG 210 and at least 2 of these courses: ENG 221: Literature I, ENG 222: Literature II, ENG 223: Literature III, ENG 256: Introduction to Literary Theory and Criticism, or ENG 270: Foundations of Rhetorical Studies

Fall Semester (7 credits for major)

  • ENG 215 - Theory and Practice of Journalism and Reporting Lab (4 credits)
  • ENG 256 - Introduction to Literary Theory and Criticism (3 credits) or ENG 270 - Foundations of Rhetorical Studies (3 credits)

Spring Semester (6 credits for major)

  • ENG 210 - News Reporting and Writing Workshop (3 credits)
  • One of the following (in any order):
    • ENG 221 - Literature I (antiquity to 1400 CE) (3 credits)
    • ENG 222 - Literature II (1400-1800 CE) (3 credits)
    • ENG 223 - Literature III (1800 CE-present) (3 credits)

 



Year 2

In Year 2, complete 2 more English Core classes. Take ENG 210 Reporting Workshop (may be repeated for credit), ENG 211 Digital Media Workshop (elective), ENG 308: Public Affairs Reporting (pre-req ENG 215; ENG 210), and ENG 214 Digital Newsroom Workshop (1-unit elective).

Fall Semester (6 credits for major)

  • One of the following (in any order):
    • ENG 221 - Literature I (antiquity to 1400 CE) (3 credits)
    • ENG 222 - Literature II (1400-1800 CE) (3 credits)
    • ENG 223 - Literature III (1800 CE-present) (3 credits)
  • ENG 211 - Introduction to Digital Journalism Workshop (3 credits)
  • ENG 214 - Digital Newsroom Workshop (may be repeated for credit)

Spring Semester (10 credits for major)

  • One of the following (in any order):
    • ENG 221 - Literature I (antiquity to 1400 CE) (3 credits)
    • ENG 222 - Literature II (1400-1800 CE) (3 credits)
    • ENG 223 - Literature III (1800 CE-present) (3 credits)
  • ENG 210 - News Reporting and Writing Workshop (3 credits)
  • ENG 214 - Digital Newsroom Workshop (may be repeated for credit)
  • ENG 308 - Public Affairs Reporting (3 credits)

 



Year 3

In the third year, complete the English core courses. Take ENG 414: Narrative Nonfiction, ENG 410 Advanced Reporting Workshop (pre-req ENG 210, ENG 308), and take at least 2 Journalism electives.

Fall Semester (6 credits for major)

  • ENG 256 - Introduction to Literary Theory and Criticism (3 credits) or ENG 270 - Foundations of Rhetorical Studies (3 credits)
  • ENG 410 - Advanced Reporting and Editing Workshop for Journalists (3 credits)
  • ENG 214 - Digital Newsroom Workshop (may be repeated for credit)

Spring Semester (9 credits for major)

  • ENG 414 - Narrative Nonfiction (3 credits)
  • Journalism elective (3 credits)
  • Journalism elective (3 credits)
  • ENG 214 - Digital Newsroom Workshop (may be repeated for credit)

 


 

Year 4

In year four, take ENG 496 in the fall, ENG 498B in the spring, and take 3 or 4 upper-division Journalism electives.

Fall Semester (9 credits for major)

  • ENG 496 - Research Methodologies for Senior Seminar in Journalism (3 credits)
  • Journalism upper-division elective (3 credits)
  • Journalism elective (3 credits)
  • ENG 214 - Digital Newsroom Workshop (may be repeated for credit)

Spring Semester (9 credits for major)

  • ENG 498B - Senior Seminar Journalism (3 credits)
  • Journalism upper-division elective (3 credits)
  • Journalism elective (3 credits)