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Journalism

Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Journalism (BJourn)
Program Website: rsj.journalism.ryerson.ca
Administered by: School of Journalism
Program Format: Full-time, four-year program.
Full-time, degree completion program with Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.

Ryerson's Journalism program prepares students for a digital-first news culture while keeping the essentials of reporting and the social role of journalism front and centre in their learning experience. Featuring broad course choices in both professional and academic areas, the program also allows students freedom to set their educational priorities and tailor their program to preferred career paths.

Full-Time, Four-Year Program

Admission Guidelines: O.S.S.D. with six Grade 12 U/M courses including Grade 12 U English (ENG4U)/Anglais (EAE4U). 

Notes:

  1. A grade of 70 percent or higher will be required in ENG4U/EAE4U.
  2. Subject to competition, candidates may be required to present averages/grades above the minimum.

Advanced Standing for Graduates of the Journalism Diploma Program from Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

Ryerson will consider graduates of the following Sheridan College two-year diploma programs for advanced-level admission to Ryerson’s Journalism Program:

  • Sheridan College Journalism
  • Sheridan College Journalism – Broadcast Diploma (former program)
  • Sheridan College Journalism – Print Diploma (former program)

Projected completion of the Journalism degree requirements is five semesters and is dependent on a number of variables, including diploma program studies completed, space availability and the individual student’s progress in the program curriculum.

 
Admission Guidelines:

  1. O.S.S.D. with six Grade 12 U/M courses including Grade 12 U English (ENG4U)/Anglais (EAE4U). 
  2. A grade of 70 percent or higher is required in ENG4U/EAE4U.
  3. Completion of an acceptable Sheridan College two-year diploma program with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B)  is required.
  4. Subject to competition, candidates may be required to present averages/grades above the minimum.

Students are introduced to journalism as practised across all forms of media within the first two years, after which they may choose courses to concentrate in specific media (online, newspaper, magazine and broadcast) or gain expertise in a cross-media skill such as editing, or in a specific beat in journalism (including sports, business or international reporting).

After taking courses building skills and evaluating theories associated with journalism, students may finish their program with an internship at a professional news organization and/or with the chance to work on the School of Journalism's print, broadcast and online products (see the School's website for details).

Students are coached and assisted by instructors drawn from major newspapers, magazines, online news, and television and radio networks. Students also take a variety of liberal studies and professionally-related subjects.

Liberal Studies

Students must take two lower level liberal studies courses and four upper level liberal studies courses to graduate. Students must not choose courses that are restricted for their program or major.

Please refer to the liberal studies chapter of this calendar for more information on the Liberal Studies Policy. Further information on liberal studies can also be found at the Faculty of Arts' Liberal Studies website, opens in new window.

Table A - Lower Level Restrictions

Fall 2014 and prior admits: English courses are not available for credit.

Minors

Students may pursue any Minor offered by Ryerson (with some exceptions). Please refer to the Minors chapter of this calendar for further information on individual Minor requirements and exclusions.

The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education Certificates

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible program exclusions. Please refer to the Certificate Registration section of the Curriculum Advising website, opens in new window for complete details.

1st & 2nd Semester

REQUIRED:

JRN 103 Introduction to Journalism
JRN 104 Approaches and Techniques for Journalists
JRN 105 Multimedia News Reporting
JRN 106 Visualizing Facts

CORE ELECTIVES: Two courses from the following:

ECN 104 Introductory Microeconomics
ECN 204 Introductory Macroeconomics
ENG 110 Literatures Across Borders
ENG 208 Introduction to Non-Fiction
HIS 490 International Relations from 1945
HST 407 Canada from 1885: The Struggle for Identity
POG 100 People, Power and Politics
POG 110 Power and Influence in Canadian Politics

OPEN OR CORE ELECTIVES: One course from Open Elective Table or FCAD Core Elective Table

LIBERAL STUDIES:
Two courses from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.

  

3rd & 4th Semester

REQUIRED:

JRN 270 Producing the News
JRN 271 Designing Journalism
JRN 272 Feature Writing and Current Affairs
JRN 273 Boosting Media Techniques

PROFESSIONAL: Two courses from Table II.

OPEN OR CORE ELECTIVES: One course from Open Elective Table or FCAD Core Elective Table

LIBERAL STUDIES:
Two courses from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

  

5th & 6th Semester

REQUIRED:

JRN 344 Making a Difference: How Journ. Matters

PROFESSIONAL:
Four one-count (or equivalent) courses from Table I.

PROFESSIONAL: One course from Table II.

OPEN or CORE ELECTIVES: One course from Open Elective Table or FCAD Core Elective Table

PROFESSIONAL or OPEN ELECTIVES:
One course from Table I, Table II, Open Elective Table or FCAD Core Elective Table

LIBERAL STUDIES:
Two courses from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

  

7th & 8th Semester

REQUIRED and PROFESSIONAL: Select one option* from the following:

Option 1:

JRN 851 Newsroom Masthead
JRN 850 Internship

Option 2:

JRN 851 Newsroom Masthead
Plus two one-count (or equivalent) courses from Table IV.

Option 3:

JRN 850 Internship
Plus two one-count (or equivalent) courses from Table IV.

Option 4:

JRN 825 Magazine Masthead I
JRN 826 Magazine Masthead II

Option 5:

JRN 840 Journalism Capstone Project
Plus three one-count (or equivalent) courses from Table IV.

OPEN or CORE ELECTIVES: One course from Open Elective Table, opens in new window or FCAD Core Elective Table


PROFESSIONAL and/or OPEN ELECTIVES:

Four one-count (or equivalent) courses from Table I, Table II, Table IV, opens in new windowOpen Elective Table, opens in new window or FCAD Core Elective Table

* Enrolment in these courses may require an interview.

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