Jun 06, 2020  
2020-2021 General Catalog (Year Under Revision) 
  
2020-2021 General Catalog (Year Under Revision)

Agricultural Communication, BS; and Journalism, BS (Dual Degree)


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College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences

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  • For more information about Agricultural Communication and Journalism, see the Agricultural Communication website and the Journalism website.
  • Following is a sample four-year plan. Please note that student-specific plans may differ.
  • Admitted students must meet with the Agricultural Communication advisor and the Journalism advisor. Students may log on to Degree Works  to check student-specific program progress.
  • Student can choose from the following emphasis areas: Public Relations, Print Journalism, Broadcast Journalism, and Social Media.

 

Minimum University Requirements

Total Credits 120

 

Grade Point Average (most majors require higher GPA)

2.00 GPA
Credits of C- or better 100 Credits of upper-division courses (#3000 or above) 40
Total USU Credits 30 Upper-division USU Credits 20
USU Credits within the Major 10 Credits in Minor (if required) 12
Credits in Major see below Credits in American Institutions 3
General Education Requirements   see link University Studies Depth Requirements   see link
NOTES: The highest math requirement for this degree is STAT 1040: Introduction to Statistics (QL)  or STAT 1045: Introduction to Statistics with Elements of Algebra (QL) 

 

Admissions Requirements for this Program

New freshmen Admitted to USU in Good Standing

 

Transfer students from other institutions or other programs at USU 2.5 GPA

First Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

ASTE 1710: Introduction to Agricultural Communication   3     ENGL 2010: Intermediate Writing: Research Writing in a Persuasive Mode (CL2)   3    
ENGL 1010: Introduction to Writing: Academic Prose (CL1)   3     LAEP 1030: Introduction to Landscape Architecture (BCA)   3    
JCOM 1500: Introduction to Mass Communication (BSS)   3   Minimum grade of C+ or higher PSC 2010: Soils, Waters, and the Environment (BPS)   3     
CMST 1020: Public Speaking (BHU)   3   Preferred BHU course for the program STAT 1040: Introduction to Statistics (QL)  or STAT 1045: Introduction to Statistics with Elements of Algebra (QL)  * 3  or 5    
AG COMM Directed Elective    3   AG COMM Directed Elective    3  
Comments

 

Comments

* These courses are possible prerequisites for JCOM 2020 

Take JCOM Grammar Exam, available in AGRS 317.

Second Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

ADVS 1110: Introduction to Animal Science   4     ASTE 2900: Food Matters: Ethics, Economics, and the Environment (BSS)   3    
ASTE 2830: Agribusiness Sales and Marketing   3     AG COMM Directed Elective   3  
JCOM 1130: News Writing   3   Minimum grade of C+ or higher JCOM 2020: Communication Research Methods (QI)   3   Minimum grade of C or higher
JCOM 2010: Media Smarts: Making Sense of the Information Age (BSS)   3   Minimum grade of C+ or higher JCOM 2030: Multimedia Boot Camp   3   Minimum grade of C or higher
Breadth American Institutions (BAI)     ASTE 3100: Personal and Team Leadership   3    
Comments

After grades post for fall semester:

*Contact the JCOM advisor to change major from Pre-JCOM to JCOM with emphasis.

Comments

 

Third Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

ASTE 3050: Technical and Professional Communication Principles (CI)   3     APEC 3010: Introduction to Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness (DSS)  or APEC 1600: Natural Resources and American Economic Institutions (BAI)    3  or 3    
NDFS 1020: Science and Application of Human Nutrition (BLS)   3     ASTE 3090: Graphic Communication in Agriculture   3    
JCOM Emphasis Course    3-6   AG COMM Directed Elective    3  
AG COMM Directed Elective    3   NDFS 5230: Communication of Current Topics in Nutrition (CI)   3    
JCOM Upper-Division Course   3   JCOM Emphasis Course    3-6  
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Fourth Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

JCOM 4030: Mass Media Law (DSS)   3   Minimum grade of C or higher ASTE 4900: Senior Project Research and Creative Opportunity   1-6   Enroll in 3 credits
ASTE 3440: Science, Technology, and Modern Society (DSC)   3     Depth Humanities and Creative Arts (DHA) Course   3  
AG COMM Directed Elective    3   AG COMM Directed Elective    3  
JCOM Emphasis Course     3-6   JCOM Emphasis Course    3-6  
Upper-Division AG COMM Directed Elective (see advisor)  3   Upper-Division AG COMM Directed Elective (see advisor)  3  
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Contact Marci Chidester (marci.chidester@usu.edu, 435-797-8434) and Stacey Kelly (stacey.kelly@usu.edu, 435-797-3883) for advising.

Required Courses


Quantitative Literacy Requirement


Students must select a Quantitative Literacy (QL) course that satisfies the prerequisite requirement for JCOM 2020 :

Journalism and Communication


JCOM 1130 , JCOM 1500 , and JCOM 2010  require a grade of C+ or better. All other JCOM courses require a grade of C or better. In addition to the 18 required credits below, dual major students must select one of the four Journalism major emphases (public relations/corporate communication, print journalism, broadcast or social media).

Broadcast Emphasis (14-26 credits)


Print Emphasis (12-24 credits)


Public Relations and Corporate Communication Emphasis (15-24 credits)


Additional JCOM Electives

Students must complete 6 additional elective credits from JCOM courses. Of these 6 credits, at least 3 must be upper division. (It is optional to take an extra 3 credits of JCOM upper- or lower-division electives in addition to the 6 credits mentioned here.) Please see Journalism: Social Media Emphasis JCOM Electives  for elective options.

Agricultural Communication Directed Electives (27 credits)


The following elective courses are recommended, but students may choose any classes that fit their interests. Students may also use directed electives to pursue a minor. Dual major students may not pursue a minor in JCOM.

The JCOM classes listed here will not count as both a required course and a directed elective in Agricultural Communication. JCOM courses require a grade of C or better.

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