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How To Choose Major Electives

Major elective courses allow you to choose your own adventure within your major.  All CIC majors require electives, but the specific number you'll need depends on which program you're in, your Bulletin year, and what you've already taken.  Talk with your academic advisor about this.

A good rule of thumb for CIC majors is that any class from your School (either the School of Information Science or the School of Journalism & Mass Communications) that is not specifically required in your major can potentially be used as a major elective.  So, if you're an SJMC major, any JOUR class not specifically required in your major can be used as a major elective.  And if you're an Information Science major, any SLIS class not specifically required in your major can be a major elective.

Check out the complete JOUR and SLIS course descriptions in the Academic Bulletin to get an idea of what elective courses you might be interested in taking in future semesters and what pre-reqs you'll need to take now in order to make that possible. 


Information Science Majors

The Information Science major requires 6 credits of major electives.  The Spring 2022 options are:

  • SLIS 250 - Intro to Content Management Systems & Information Design
  • SLIS 325 - Children's Literature
  • SLIS 480 - Emerging Topics in Information Science
  • SLIS 560 - Information Visualization
  • SLIS 683 - News Literacy

SJMC Majors

SJMC majors can choose to use their major electives towards a concentration in Sports Media.  If you're interested in doing that, you should plan to take JOUR 391 plus three other Sports Media courses approved by your academic advisor.

In addition to basic JOUR major electives, SJMC majors also include some more narrowly categorized elective requirements.  The Spring 2022 courses approved to fulfill these requirements are listed below.

  • Any 'Principles of' course not specifically required for your major.
    (Depending on your major, JOUR 201, 202, 203, or 204.)
  • JOUR 205 - History and Philosophy of Mass Media
  • JOUR 306 - Theories of Mass Communications
  • JOUR 311 - Minorities, Women, and Mass Media
  • JOUR 333 - Public Relations for Nonprofit Organizations
  • JOUR 343 - Social Media for Sports Media
  • JOUR 382 - Business Basics for Communications
  • JOUR 391 - Sports Media and Society
  • JOUR 483 - Reporting and Writing About the Economy
  • JOUR 501 - Freedom, Responsibility, and Ethics of the Mass Media
  • JOUR 506 - Mass Media Criticism
  • JOUR 536 - Crisis Communications
  • JOUR 539 - Ethics in Public Relations and Public Policy
  • JOUR 542 - Public Opinion and Persuasion
  • JOUR 518 - Brand Communications Practicum/Competitions
  • JOUR 521 - Interactive Communication Strategies
  • JOUR 537 - The Carolina Agency (Application required.)
  • JOUR 538 - The Bateman Team
  • JOUR 597 - Internship in Mass Communications
  • ​JOUR 362 - Editing
  • JOUR 371 - Social and Mobile Journalism
  • JOUR 472 - Power Producing
  • JOUR 475 - Advanced Multimedia Storytelling
  • JOUR 482 - Business Reporting and Writing
  • JOUR 534 - Publication Writing and Design
  • JOUR 574 - Data Journalism
  • JOUR 597 - Internship in Mass Communications
  • JOUR 362 - Editing
  • JOUR 416 - Creative: Strategy to Execution
  • JOUR 437 - Advanced Public Relations Writing
  • JOUR 534 - Publication Writing and Design
  • JOUR 518 - Brand Communications Practicum/Competitions
  • JOUR 537 - The Carolina Agency  (Application required.)
  • JOUR 538 - The Bateman Team
  • JOUR 597 - Internship in Mass Communications
  • JOUR 450 - Studio and Location Lighting for Still Photography
  • JOUR 452 - Photojournalism
  • JOUR 537 - The Carolina Agency  (Application required.)
  • JOUR 597 - Internship in Mass Communications
  • Any JOUR courses not specifically required for your individual major.
  • Any of the following courses, which are not specfiically required for any of the SJMC majors:
    • JOUR 205 - History and Philosophy of Mass Media
    • JOUR 215 - Photojournalism via Smartphonography
    • JOUR 244.001 - SEC Football and Sports Media
    • JOUR 244.002 - Sports Activism and Media
    • JOUR 244.003 - Jobs in the Sports Media
    • JOUR 245 - Live TV Sports Production
    • JOUR 285 - Social Media and Society
    • JOUR 306 - Theories of Mass Communication
    • JOUR 311 - Minorities, Women, and Mass Media
    • JOUR 330 - Toolkit for Concept Development
    • JOUR 331 - Social Media Marketing
    • JOUR 333 - Public Relations for Non-Profit
    • JOUR 343 - Social Media for Sports Media
    • JOUR 348 - Creative Thinking
    • JOUR 362 - Editing
    • JOUR 371 - Social Media and Mobile Journalism
    • JOUR 382 - Business Basics for Communications
    • JOUR 385 - Social Media Planning
    • JOUR 391 - Sports Media and Society
    • JOUR 400 - Digital Media and Big Data
    • JOUR 428 - Super Bowl Commercials
    • JOUR 437 - Advanced Public Relations Writing
    • JOUR 438 - Media Relations
    • JOUR 450 - Studio and Location Lighting
    • JOUR 452 - Photojournalism
    • JOUR 472 - Power Producing
    • JOUR 475 - Advanced Multimedia Storytelling - Non-Fiction
    • JOUR 482 - Business Reporting and Writing
    • JOUR 499.001 and 002 - Multimedia Sports Storytelling
    • JOUR 499.003 - Media Sales and Advertising Technology
    • JOUR 501 - Freedom, Responsibility, and Ethics in Mass Media
    • JOUR 506 - Mass Media Criticism
    • JOUR 518 - Brand Communication Practicum/Competitions
    • JOUR 521 - Interactive Communications Strategies
    • JOUR 534 - Publication Writing and Design
    • JOUR 536 - Crisis Communications
    • JOUR 537 - The Carolina Agency  (Application required.)
    • JOUR 538 - The Bateman Team
    • JOUR 539 - Ethics in Public Relations and Public Policy
    • JOUR 542 - Public Opinion and Persuasion
    • JOUR 574 - Data Journalism
    • JOUR 597 - Internship in Mass Communications
    • JOUR 598 - Directed Independent Studies

 


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