Major Requirements, Sports Journalism Concentration

Requirements for students entering UMass Amherst in Fall 2018 or Later
Please note: These requirements are for if you started at UMass Amherst in Fall 2018 or later. Even if you are switching into Journalism from another major but started at UMass Amherst prior to Fall 2018, you fall under the old requirements (below this set). 

Learn more about the general journalism requirements here.

Sports Journalism Requirements:

1. Journal 191: Journalism Success (1 cr.) (recommended)

2. Journal 201: Intro to Journalism (4 cr.)

3. Journal 300: Newswriting and Reporting (4 cr.)

4. Journalism 460: Journalism Ethics (3 cr.) (pre-req. Journal 300)

5. Journalism 332: Sports Journalism (4 cr.) (pre-req. Journal 300)

6. One multimedia/visual course from the following: Journal 277: Sports Talk Live, Journal 341: Images in Sports, Journal 390B: Digital Sports Production I, Journal 390C: Digital Sports Production II or Journal 444: Short Form Documentary

7. One multimedia/visual courses from the following menu (3 or 4 cr.):

  • Journal 277: Sports Talk Live
  • Journal 301: Intro to Multimedia Journalism (pre-req. Journal 300)
  • Journal 333: Intro to Visual Storytelling (sophomores and up)
  • Journal 334: Intro to Radio and Podcasting (pre-req. Journal 300)
  • Journal 339: Video Content Creation (pre-req. Journal 300)
  • Journal 341: Images in Sports
  • Journal 343: Data-Driven Storytelling (pre-req. Journal 300)
  • Journal 390B: Digital Sports Production I
  • Journal 390C: Digital Sports Production II
  • Journal 397G: Multimedia Journalism (pre-reqs. Journal 300 & 301, or instructor permission)
  • Journal 435: Web Design for Journalists (pre-reqs. junior or senior status)
  • Journal 444: Short-Form Documentary (pre-req. Journal 300)
  • Journal 495BP: Broadcast Performance (pre-req. Journal 300)
  • Journal 495N: Broadcast News Reporting II (pre-req. Journal 300 & 395N)

8. Journal 392T: Issues in Sports (Concepts and Critical Thinking course)

9. One international course from the following menu (3 or 4 cr.):

  • Journalism 310: International Journalism
  • Journalism 225: Readings in Journalism (international focus)
  • One course, departmentally and IPO approved, taken during study abroad
  • One foreign language course at any level
  • One course from the SBS International and Intercultural Course List

10. Take either Journal 326: The Politics of Sport OR Journal 328: Sports in Film, Journalism and Literature

11. One Journalism elective (3-4 cr.)

12. Internship (at least 1 credit with 120 hours of work)

13. Another area of study of at least 15 credits– a major, minor, or certificate.


UMass Entry Prior to Fall 2018
Requirements for students entering the major during or after the Fall 2013 semester
If Journalism is your primary major, you also need to fulfill Global Ed requirements

Learn more about the general journalism requirements here.

Sports Journalism Requirements:

1. Journal 300: Newswriting and Reporting

2. Journal 332: Sports Journalism

3. One of the following: Journal 277 Sports Talk Live, Journal 341: Images in Sports, Journal 390B: Digital Sports Production I, Journal 390C: Digital Sports Production II, or Journal 444 Short Form Documentary

4. Journal 392T: Issues in Sports

5. Take either Journal 326: The Politics of Sport OR Journal 328: Sports in Film, Journalism and Literature

6. Journal 398: Practicum (Internship; at least 1 credit)

7. One Multimedia course. Choose from the following:

  • Journal 301: Intro to Multimedia Journalism (pre-req. Journal 300)
  • Journal 333: Intro to Visual Storytelling (sophomore and above status)
  • Journal 334: Intro to Radio and Podcasting (pre-req. Journal 300)
  • Journal 397G: Multimedia Journalism (pre-reqs. Journal 300 and Journal 301)
  • Journal 435: Web Design for Journalists (junior or senior status)
  • Journal 397DJ: Data-Driven Storytelling (pre-req. Journal 300)

8. Two of the following courses:

  • Journal 320: History of American Journalism
  • Journal 445: Journalism & Law 
  • Journal 460: Journalism Ethics (pre-req. Journal 300)
  • Journal 345: Media Criticism
  • Journal 494MI: Media, Technology and Culture

9. An academic minor in another department or program. Another major or a certificate will also satisfy this requirement. For students who have joined the major before Fall 2015, Communication is not a viable option for this requirement. 

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