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Campus: West Virginia University / Morgantown
College/School: Reed College of Media
Pathway: Business and Communications

Being a journalist today is about connecting people to the world 24/7 and engaging with audiences on the go. Our program prepares you to be an innovative, adaptive, problem-solving storyteller.

Academics

Fall
  • ENGL 101 Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric Exclamation Point A B in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    3
  • JRL 101 Media and Society Exclamation Point A B in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    3
  • JRL 215 Media Writing Exclamation Point
    3
  • Language Course
    3
  • JRL 191 College of Media Orientation
    3
15
Spring
  • ENGL Literature or Creative Writing Course
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • Language Course
    3
  • Select one of the following courses:
    3
    PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology or
    SOCA 101 Introduction to Sociology or
    SOCA 105 Introduction to Anthropology
15
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Attend a SORTS (Students On the Road To Success) seminar
  • Get a Success Coach from Student Life Office of Student Success or in your college
  • Learn how sleep impacts academic success
  • Spend 100 hours at student success centers
  • Sit in the front row of your class at least 5 times

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your first year you should:

  • Sign up for a Living-Learning Community
  • Challenge yourself to meet members of your residence hall community
  • International students: Participate in international social events
  • Make something at the WVU Craft Center
  • Attend Fall Family Weekend with your family

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your first year you should:

  • Attend the study abroad fair
  • Join a student organization
  • Take a language course
  • Participate in an Outdoor Recreation Center spring or winter break trip
  • Participate in hall council or attend a hall council program

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your first year you should:

  • Climb at the SRC climbing wall
  • Join the Student Wellness Ambassador Team (SWAT)
  • Become a leadWELL Mentor
  • Make a healthy smoothie with the Student Wellness Ambassador Team
  • Download a chillPACK at well.wvu.edu

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your first year you should:

  • Attend a resume writing class
  • Submit your resume to Career Services
  • Attend a career fair
  • Take a writing or communications class
  • Complete the financial literacy course

Academics

Fall
  • General Education Foundations Course
    4
  • JRL Major Writing Category Course
    3
  • JRL 225 Media Tools & Applications Exclamation Point
    3
  • ENGL 102 Composition, Rhetoric, and Research Exclamation Point
    3
  • BUSA 201 Survey of Economics
    3
16
Spring
  • Elective
    2
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • JRL Major Writing Category Course
    3
  • HIST 153 Making of Modern America: 1865 to the Present Exclamation Point
    3
  • Minor Course
    3
14
Exclamation Point Critical Course A Icon B Icon C Icon Success marker (try to get the grade indicated)

This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Learn how sleep impacts academic success
  • Check all of your degree requirements
  • International upperclassmen: Mentor new international students
  • Get to know a faculty member in your department
  • Earn at least 15 credits per semester

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your second year you should:

  • International students: Participate in international social events
  • Attend Spring Family Weekend with your family
  • Find the mice in Stewart Hall
  • Attend WVUp All Night
  • Attend a Sophomore/Junior Year Experience trip or event

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your second year you should:

  • Explore community service opportunities in Greek Life
  • Participate in the Friends of International Students Program
  • Attend the Festival of Ideas
  • Join a student organization
  • Become an Adventure WV student leader

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your second year you should:

  • Stay healthy: Ask an Expert via well.wvu.edu
  • Make your own decisions about drinking and do the WELLWVU CHOICES toolkit program
  • Drop in to a meditation class in the Health and Education Building
  • Visit campus farmers market
  • Take an academic yoga class in the Health and Education Building

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your second year you should:

  • Meet with a career professional to make sure you are on track professionally
  • International students: Explore optional practical training (12 to 29 months work experience in the U.S.)
  • Undergraduate research (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Attend a career fair
  • Join a club sport team

Academics

Fall
  • Elective
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • POLS 102 Introduction to American Government
    3
  • JRL Major Creating Category Course
    3
  • Minor Course
    3
15
Spring
  • STAT 111 Understanding Statistics Exclamation Point
    3
  • JRL Major Creating Category Course
    3
  • Minor Course
    3
  • Electives
    3
  • BUSA 330 Survey of Marketing
    3
15
Exclamation Point Critical Course A Icon B Icon C Icon Success marker (try to get the grade indicated)

This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • International upperclassmen: Mentor new international students
  • Complete the Campus Read
  • Get a Success Coach from Student Life Office of Student Success or in your college
  • Engage in undergraduate research
  • Check all of your degree requirements

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your third year you should:

  • Attend a professional performance at the CAC
  • Visit the WVU Farm
  • Attend Fall Family Weekend with your family
  • Attend an Outdoor Rec Center weekend trip
  • Visit the West Virginia and Regional History Center in the Downtown Library

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your third year you should:

  • Participate in an alternative spring break
  • Attend the Festival of Ideas
  • Take Enhancing Well-being Coaching Class
  • Participate in leadership development opportunities in Greek Life
  • Complete a financial management skill development opportunity in student organizations

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your third year you should:

  • Use the WELLWVU HeartMath Lab
  • Stay active with moveWELL, the Student Rec Center and Outdoor Rec Center
  • Drop in to a meditation class in the Health and Education Building
  • Visit campus farmers market
  • Become a Student Wellness Ambassador Leader

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your third year you should:

  • Service learning (complete 30 hours per semester and one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Join a club sport team
  • Sign up for an internship interview
  • Consider graduate or professional school
  • Study Abroad (complete one major experience outside the classroom)

Academics

Fall
  • JRL 428 Media Ethics and Law
    3
  • JRL Major Engaging Category Course
    3
  • Minor Course
    3
  • Elective
    6
15
Spring
  • JRL 459 Multimedia News Publication
    3
  • 300/400 JRL, STCM, ADV, or PR Course
    3
  • Minor Course
    3
  • Elective
    6
15
Exclamation Point Critical Course A Icon B Icon C Icon Success marker (try to get the grade indicated)

This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Get a Success Coach from Student Life Office of Student Success or in your college
  • Be the last person to leave the library from studying
  • Sign up for graduation
  • Complete the Campus Read
  • Learn how sleep impacts academic success

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your fourth year you should:

  • Attend Fall Family Weekend with your family
  • Register with the WVU Alumni Association
  • Attend the Mountaineer Send-Off
  • Attend a football game
  • Take a picture in front of Woodburn Hall with your graduation attire

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your fourth year you should:

  • Explore community service opportunities in student organizations
  • Explore community service opportunities in Greek Life
  • Develop fundraising skills in a student organization
  • Participate in leadership development opportunities in student organizations
  • Participate in leadership development opportunities in Greek Life

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your fourth year you should:

  • Visit campus farmers market
  • Stay active with moveWELL, the Student Rec Center and Outdoor Rec Center
  • Make a healthy smoothie with the Student Wellness Ambassador Team
  • Join an intramural team
  • Use your resources: learn about all your health-related needs at well.wvu.edu

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your fourth year you should:

  • Sign up for an interview
  • Submit your resume to Career Services
  • Become a student-leader in at least one organization
  • Participate in a practice job interview session
  • International students: Explore optional practical training (12 to 29 months work experience in the U.S.)

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