The health of a democracy is deeply connected to the health of a free press.  Thomas Jefferson thought so highly of the importance of the press’  role in guarding the people’s rights that he stated: “If  I had to choose between a government without a free press and a free press without government, I would choose the latter.” From the ‘hey-day’ of its nationally celebrated civil rights leader and alumnus Whitney M. Young, Jr. to its connections with Kentucky’s black owned or operated newspapers and indeed throughout its some 120 years of great achievements and challenges, Kentucky State University’s own history has been deeply entwined with the  exercise  of  a  free  press.  All  three  aspects  of Kentucky  State’s mission –  liberal  studies,  land  grant status (especially the mass communications facilities of the land grant program), and its status as an HBCU — coalesce together in a B. A. program in Mass Communications and Journalism.

Curriculum Guides

Curriculum guides are designed to help students stay on track for timely graduation.  In order to remain on track, students must complete the minimum requirements for each tracking semester, known as milestones.  Milestones may include successful completion of specified courses and/or attainment of a minimum GPA.

Following the sample academic plan and its milestones will help students stay on track to graduate in four years. Students will need to refer to and/or print both the appropriate Liberal Studies Requirements AND the appropriate major sheet in order to view the complete degree program requirements.

Program Requirements

The major has three components:

  1. a 21-credit hour “core” of fundamental coursework in basic journalism(the existing B. A. Minor in Journalism),
  2. a 12-credit hour “concentration”  in the student’s choice of more advanced coursework options in Print, Public Relations, or Broadcast Journalism, and
  3. a 9-credit hour selection of elective courses which offer appropriate, relevant support for the student’s choice of a Journalism concentration:

Admission to the Program

Unconditional admission to the B. A. program in Mass Communications and Journalism requires the following:

  • The student must be in good academic standing with the University;
  • The   student   must   have   completed   with   a passing mark (C or above) the pre-requisite English courses, namely, ENG 101-English Composition I and ENG 102-English Composition II;
  • The  student  must  have  a  3.0  Grade  Point Average  (4.0  scale)  in  English  courses  taken prior to application to the Journalism major;
  • The student must submit a letter of application articulating his or her interest in Journalism.

Students who do not hold the 3.0 GPA in English coursework  may  be  considered  for  conditional admission, but must receive consent of the Journalism faculty and will be placed in a probationary status for the first academic year of coursework in Journalism.

Divisional Attendance Policy

For all classes offered by the Division of Literature, Languages and Philosophy, the Divisional Attendance Policy will be enforced. This policy states that missing more than twenty percent (20%) of the course’s  total class meetings for any reason is in itself sufficient cause for a student to receive a failing grade in the course. Instructors may adopt other attendance policies at their own discretion as long as these policies are included in the class syllabus and are within the parameters of the University’s attendance policy.   Instructors will adopt their own policies for lateness and early departure from class and list these policies in the class syllabus.