Apr 01, 2023
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(130 semester hours) Requirements are subject to change.
The communications/sports journalism major is designed to educate students in
the fields of print and electronic journalism so that they may work in the media
profession and/or pursue graduate studies in communications. The major seeks not
only to provide preprofessional training, but also to educate the student in the
traditional liberal arts and humanities. The major is interdisciplinary, allowing
the student to pursue individual interests and providing a broad cultural context
for the specialized field of communications/sports journalism. Communications/sports
journalism majors, in consultation with their academic advisors, will be expected
to work on campus publications and/or contribute writing to these publications.
For more information about the communications/sports journalism major, contact
Professor Dennis Gildea of the Humanities Department at (413) 748-3245 or the
Admissions Office at (800) 343-1257.
I. General Education Program (44 s.h. in addition to courses taken for the major)
To integrate the humanics philosophy into their lives, Springfield College students
engage in the search for knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of values
through a variety of courses in the sciences and humanities. In addition to those
General Education courses, students must complete 6 s.h. of Writing-Across-the-Curriculum
(WAC) courses. For more information see the General Education Program and WAC courses. In the major requirements listed below, selected courses which fulfill General
Education categories are marked with an asterisk; selected WAC courses are marked
with a “W”.
II. Departmental Requirements (48-57 s.h.)
Select three of the following courses:
III. Journalism Internship
All students in the communications/sports journalism major must complete COMM
386, Journalism Internship for a minimum of 3 s.h. and a maximum of 12 s.h.
Prior to the internship, students must successfully complete COMM 120 and COMM
219 or COMM 288 (Radio Journalism). All internships are coordinated by the COMM
386 supervisor. Students seeking an internship need the permission of the COMM
386 supervisor and must consult with the supervisor the semester before registering
for COMM 386.
IV. Electives (29–38 s.h., to complete 130 s.h.)
Students can choose from a wide variety of elective courses to complete their
program, including such courses as Psychology of Sport, Sociology of Sport, Creative
Writing, Film as Narrative Art, Public Relations, Principles and Problems of Coaching,
Athletic Administration, and/or Introduction to Sports Laws.
V. Program Standards
In order to continue in the communications/sports journalism major, students
- Earn a grade of C or better in COMM 120, Introduction to Journalism. Students
who earn a C- or less will be immediately removed from the major and will not
have an opportunity to reapply, even if they repeat the course for a higher grade.
- Earn a minimum 2.50 cumulative grade point average for all courses required for
the COSJ major and all COMM courses. Grades will first be reviewed once a student
has earned 24 credits (at Springfield College or via transferring). Thereafter,
grades will be reviewed each semester.
- Students who fall below the 2.50 criteria will be put on departmental probation
and have one semester to raise their cumulative average in the major. If they
fail to do so, they will be removed from the major. Students who successfully
meet the 2.50 criteria through subsequent coursework may appeal for readmission
to the major, but readmission is not guaranteed.
VI. Sample Program by Year
The program listed below is a sample—courses are not guaranteed to be offered
during the semester or year listed. It is the student’s responsibility to insure
that all requirements are met on a timely basis and that needed prerequisite courses
are completed before taking upper-level requirements; therefore, they should consult
carefully with an advisor when planning their program. Students must average a
minimum of 16.25 s.h. a semester to complete this program in four years.
In addition to the courses identified below, the following General Education
categories need to be fulfilled for this major: Natural Science, Mathematics,
Computer Science, Health, Physical Education, Second Language/Culture, Visual
and Performing Arts, History, Social Science, Social Justice, Philosophy, and
Religion. 29–38 s.h. of electives will be required to complete 130 s.h.
Courses marked with an * fulfill or partially fulfill a General Education category.
Courses marked with a w may fulfill a WAC requirement, depending on the year taken.
A. First Year - Fall Semester
First Year - Fall or Spring Semester
- 17-20 s.h. of General Education courses or electives.
First Year - Spring Semester
B. Second Year - Fall Semester
Second Year - Fall or Spring Semester
- 6 s.h. of COMM/ENGL selectives
- 12-15 s.h. of General Education courses or electives
Second Year - Spring Semester
C. Third Year - Fall Semester
Third Year - Fall or Spring Semester
- COMM/ENGL selective Credits: 3 s.h.
- 25-27 s.h. of General Education courses or electives
Third Year - Spring Semester
D. Fourth Year - Fall or Spring Semester
- Any uncompleted General Education courses, program requirements, or electives
to complete 130 s.h.
Fourth Year - Spring Semester
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