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Program Requirements

Note: University regulations apply to all students at Laurier. If there is any discrepancy between the program or progression requirements outlined on this page and those in the university's academic calendars, the academic calendars are the official sources of information. The information below is from the latest calendar, and you may be following progression requirements from an earlier calendar. Students are responsible for checking the appropriate calendar. Contact your program coordinator should you notice any discrepancies.

Honours BA in Digital Media and Journalism

The Honours BA in Digital Media and Journalism requires 20.0 credits of which no more than 7.0 credits may be at the 100 level and at least 9.0 credits must be at the senior level. The program consists of 20 credits, 15 of which are earned from Wilfrid Laurier University and 5 of which are earned by successfully completing Conestoga College’s postgraduate certificate in Contemporary Media Arts (which is delivered concurrently on Laurier's Brantford campus).

Upon graduation students receive Laurier’s Honours BA and Conestoga’s postgraduate certificate.

Note: For any academic concerns or help understanding program requirements, contact Academic Advising.

All students in the program must complete successfully the Foundations curriculum: BF190, BF199, BF290, BF299.

Required Courses

A total of 10.5 credits consisting of a common spine of Journalism credits for all students, plus a chosen area of concentration in Journalism or Digital and Social Media or Public Relations.

Required Common Spine Courses (6.0 Credits)

  • ID120/CT120
  • JN101
  • JN202
  • JN204
  • JN208
  • JN211/MX211
  • JN222/CT222/MX222
  • JN252/HR252
  • JN307
  • JN422
  • JN423

Journalism Concentration (3.0 Required Credits plus 1.5 Journalism Elective Credits)

  • JN214
  • JN240
  • JN308
  • JN312/HR312
  • JN317
  • JN319
  • An additional 1.5 credits of JN electives

Digital and Social Media Concentration (2.5 Required Credits plus 2.5 Elective Credits)

  • JN213/MX213
  • JN253
  • JN312/HR312
  • JN334/HR334
  • JN420
  • An additional 2.0 credits of JN electives

Public Relations Concentration (2.5 Credits plus 2.0 Journalism Elective Credits)

  • JN253
  • JN334/HR334
  • JN406
  • OL224/PD224
  • OL365
  • An additional 2.0 credits of JN electives

Conestoga Contemporary Media Arts

Successful concurrent completion of the Conestoga Contemporary Media Arts postgraduate certificate on the Brantford campus of Laurier is also mandatory and will result in an additional 5.0 senior credits towards the degree. A minimum grade of 65% is required in each Conestoga class for progression in the program, subject to the discretion of the program coordinator.

Degree Program Electives

An additional 10.0 credits toward the degree total of 20.0 credits. All students in the program must complete the Foundations curriculum: BF190, BF199, BF290 and BF299.

Notes

  1. Refer to the University Regulations chapter for progression and course regulations and the earlier section regarding Regulations for All Honours Programs.
  2. Students in the Honours Digital Media & Journalism program are excluded from completion of the Professional Writing Minor.
  3. Students in the Honours Digital Media & Journalism program are excluded from completion of the Issue Advocacy and Media Studies Options.
  4. JN298 and JN299 will not be counted as credits towards completion of the Honours Digital Media & Journalism degree.

Foundations

How Foundations Works with the Digital Media and Journalism Program

If you are DMJ major at Laurier Brantford, Foundations courses are part of your program requirements. You cannot graduate without finishing the four Foundations courses.

Because the following three courses are most directly relevant to the DMJ program, we strongly recommend that you complete them in your first year in the order listed below.

  • BF190: Modernity and the Contemporary World (fall term): This course, and its successor, BF199, will help you contextualize the discussions that you will encounter in your DMJ classes, and will give you the intellectual background to form stronger arguments. The material in this course will particularly enrich your understanding of theoretical concepts pertaining to media, culture and democracy.
  • BF299: Academic Literacy: Humanities (winter term): This course will help you read more carefully, analyze media forms more precisely, discern and form better arguments, and write clearer, sharper, better organized essays.
  • BF199: Critiques of Modernity (winter term): This course, the successor to BF190, will also provide essential context for the discussions that you will encounter in your DMJ classes, especially those dealing with thinking critically about present day media forms.

Note: It is important that DMJ students planning on declaring the Public Relations or Digital and Social Media concentrations take BF199 in their first year. Students planning on declaring the Journalism concentration can take BF199 in their first or second year.

The following course will make you a better scholar, and can help you better engage any course you take. We strongly recommend you take it in your second year.

  • BF290: Academic Literacy: Social Sciences (second year): DMJ requires the ability to process information from all areas and bring it to bear on a wide variety of media forms. The ability to engage issues raised by media forms with scholarship from the social sciences will make you a more versatile and ultimately more successful scholar.

Contact Us:

Jennifer Burt, Academic Program Assistant

E: jenburt@wlu.ca
T: 519.756.8228 x5875