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Campus: West Virginia University / Morgantown
College/School: Reed College of Media
Areas of Emphasis: Adventure Media, Sports Media
Pathways: Business and Communications, Behavioral and Social Sciences

With its big-time college sports programs and beautiful natural setting, the Mountain State is a mecca for sports and adventure enthusiasts, and the perfect setting for a major designed to prepare you for careers in sports journalism and adventure media communications.

Academics

Fall
  • JRL 101 Media and Society Exclamation Point
    3
  • JRL 191 College of Media Orientation
    3
  • JRL 215 Media Writing Exclamation Point
    3
  • SEP 271 Sport in American Society Exclamation Point
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
15
Spring
  • ENGL 101 Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric Exclamation Point
    3
  • JRL 225 Media Tools & Applications Exclamation Point
    3
  • Select one of the following courses:
    3
    PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology or
    SOCA 101 Introduction to Sociology
  • SEP 272 Psychological Perspectives of Sport Exclamation Point
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
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).
  • International students: Meet one-on-one with an immigration adviser
  • Attend New Student Orientation
  • Sit in the front row of your class at least 5 times
  • Declare a major and file an academic plan
  • Visit each of your instructors during office hours

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:

  • Participate in the PRT cram
  • Attend Spring Family Weekend with your family
  • Attend a sporting event that you have never seen before
  • Attend WVUp All Night

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:

  • Make a friend from another country
  • Explore community service opportunities in student organizations
  • Attend the study abroad fair
  • Join a student organization
  • Participate in the Friends of International Students 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:

  • Attend a WELLWVU Try It event
  • Visit campus farmers market
  • Learn how to de-stress at chillFEST
  • Determine your top five values at a Value Sort Workshop
  • 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 career fair
  • Get a job on campus at the residence hall desk or a dining hall
  • Attend a resume writing class
  • Submit your resume to Career Services
  • Take a writing or communications class

Academics

Fall
  • ENGL 102 Composition, Rhetoric, and Research Exclamation Point
    3
  • JRL 330
    3
  • JRL 488 Video Editing
    1
  • Select one of the following courses:
    3
    PSYC 251 Introduction to Social Psychology or
    SOCA 320 Social Psychology
  • RPTR 102
    3
  • PE Adventure Skills Course
    1
  • PE Adventure Skills Course
    1
15
Spring
  • BUSA 201 Survey of Economics
    3
  • JRL 380
    3
  • SM 380 History and Philosophy of Sport
    3
  • PE Adventure Skills Course
    1
  • PE Adventure Skills Course
    1
  • General Elective
    4
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).
  • International upperclassmen: Mentor new international students
  • Be the last person to leave the library from studying
  • Find a faculty mentor
  • Attend dinner presentations at the Faculty Dinner Series
  • Spend 100 hours at student success centers

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:

  • Go on one of the break trips through the Outdoor Rec Center
  • Attend a Sophomore/Junior Year Experience trip or event
  • Attend Fall Family Weekend with your family
  • Attend Spring Family Weekend with your family
  • Visit the Outdoor Education Center and participate in a Challenge Course or Canopy Tour

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:

  • Participate in the Friends of International Students Program
  • Study Abroad (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Participate in an alternative spring break
  • Attend a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day diversity program
  • Get involved in the Student Government Association

Health and Wellness

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

  • Participate in liveWELL programs
  • Make your own decisions about drinking and do the WELLWVU CHOICES toolkit program
  • Complete a WELLGO calendar (wellgo.wvu.edu)
  • Take Student Wellness Ambassador peer certification
  • Spend a day without technology

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:

  • Attend a career fair
  • Meet with a career professional to make sure you are on track professionally
  • Sign up for an internship interview
  • Undergraduate research (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Submit your resume to Career Services

Academics

Fall
  • JRL 428 Media Ethics and Law
    3
  • STCM 438 Branded Content and Narrative
    3
  • STAT 111 Understanding Statistics Exclamation Point
    3
  • PE Adventure Skills Course
    1
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • General Elective
    2
15
Spring
  • Select one of the following courses:
    3
    ACE 265 Diversity and Sport or
    SEP 373 African Americans in Sports or
    SM 375 Sport in the Global Market
  • BUSA 330 Survey of Marketing
    3
  • Select one of the following courses:
    2
    JRL 441 Internship or
    JRL 442 Practicum
  • Select one of the following courses:
    3
    SM 486 Sport Marketing or
    RPTR 472 Tourism System and Destination Management
  • PE Adventure Skills Course
    1
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
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).
  • Check all of your degree requirements
  • Complete the Campus Read
  • Become a tutor or mentor in your major
  • Be the last person to leave the library from studying
  • 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 third year you should:

  • Attend a Sophomore/Junior Year Experience trip or event
  • Attend an Outdoor Rec Center weekend trip
  • Attend a Ring Day ceremony (where you will receive your WVU class ring)
  • Attend a football game
  • 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:

  • Explore community service opportunities in student organizations
  • Reach out and volunteer in the Morgantown community
  • Participate in the Friends of International Students Program
  • Explore community service opportunities in Greek Life
  • Create a culture of well-being with a WELLWVU academic internship

Health and Wellness

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

  • Take an academic yoga class in the Health and Education Building
  • Learn how to de-stress at chillFEST
  • Join an intramural team
  • Stay healthy: Ask an Expert via well.wvu.edu
  • Continue involvement with your club sport or intramural team or try a new one

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:

  • Submit your resume to Career Services
  • Study Abroad (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Service learning (complete 30 hours per semester and one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Attend the Sophomore/Junior Fair during your fall semester to explore studying abroad, internships, career choices and more
  • Become a student-leader in at least one organization

Academics

Fall
  • JRL 424 Adventure Travel Writing & Photography
    3
  • Select one of the following courses:
    3

  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • General Elective
    3
15
Spring
  • JRL 457
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    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).
  • Be the last person to leave the library from studying
  • Get a Success Coach from Student Life Office of Student Success or in your college
  • Check all of your degree requirements
  • International upperclassmen: Mentor new international students
  • Sign up for graduation

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 the Mountaineer Send-Off
  • Attend Fall Family Weekend with your family
  • Attend a football game
  • Sit in the Senior Spirit Section (Section 121) at the home football games
  • Register with the WVU Alumni Association

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:

  • Be a reporter for The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM
  • Explore community service opportunities in student organizations
  • Join a student organization
  • Create a culture of well-being with a WELLWVU academic internship
  • Reach out and volunteer in the Morgantown community

Health and Wellness

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

  • Drop in to a meditation class in the Health and Education Building
  • Make a healthy smoothie with the Student Wellness Ambassador Team
  • Stay active with moveWELL, the Student Rec Center and Outdoor Rec Center
  • Become a level 3 Bystander Trainer
  • Visit campus farmers market

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
  • Attend a career fair
  • International students: Explore optional practical training (12 to 29 months work experience in the U.S.)
  • Participate in a practice job interview session
  • Submit your resume to Career Services

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