Bachelor of Arts in Bilingual Spanish Journalism

Launching this semester! The SF State B.A. in Bilingual Journalism will provide our students with the necessary tools and skills to report, investigate, produce and write news stories in Spanish and English for print, online and electronic media.

Program Overview

  • Interdisciplinary in nature, the program offers classes in the Spanish, Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts (BECA), Latina/Latino Studies International Relations and Journalism departments.
  • The program values students’ bilingual skills, which will prepare them for career opportunities in both languages.
  • Graduates will understand the complexity of the Latino/Latina community in the United States and the rest of the Spanish-speaking world and will be prepared to work with Latino/Latina mainstream media, and also be prepared to work for English language media organizations covering issues affecting Latino/Latina communities.
  • Graduates will be able to apply their learned skills to a variety of positions in the media landscape, from Spanish-language networks and publications, to mainstream media outlets in print, online, radio and TV.
  • Admission requirements: Entering students must be proficient in speaking and writing Spanish. Applicants are required to take an online writing proficiency test.
  • The total units to complete the degree is 120, including 46 units in the major.
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First Year Freshman Advising Roadmap

FRESHMAN YEAR 1 SEMESTER 1

  • GE Area A2 ENG 114 Writing the first Year
  • GE Area A3 LTNS 110 Critical Thinking in Latino Studies
  • GE Area B4 Quantitative Reasoning
  • GE Area D
  • GE Area C

FRESHMAN YEAR 1 SEMESTER 2

  • GE Area A
  • GE Area B Life Science (B2) and Lab Science (B3)
    B2 Recommend: LTNS 210 Latina/o Health Care Perspectives
  • GE Area E: Recommend SPAN 150 Don Quixote
  • GE Area C
  • Lower Division Complementary Studies from approved courses

SOPHOMORE YEAR 2 SEMESTER 1

  • SPAN 215 SPAN for Heritage Speakers (or Placement test)
  • JOUR 223 Newswriting for Spanish Language Media (AERM/GP)
  • JOUR 224 Bilingual Spanish Newswriting Lab
  • JOUR 301 Advanced Spanish Grammar
  • GE Area D

SOPHOMORE YEAR 2 SEMESTER 2

  • JOUR 226 Digital News Gathering
  • JOUR/SPAN 323 Editing and Translation for Bilingual Journalism
  • GE Area B
  • GE Area C
  • GE Area D: Recommend IR 104 Intro to World Affairs

JUNIOR YEAR 3 SEMESTER 1

  • JOUR 300GW Reporting
  • JOUR 310 Ethics
  • JOUR 307 Media Law
  • GE Area UD-D: Recommend LTNS 460 Central Americans of the US, LTNS 470 Latino/a Immigration to the US, LTNS 670 Mexican Politics & Society
  • Complementary Studies from approved courses

JUNIOR YEAR 3 SEMESTER 2

  • SPAN 305 Advanced Composition
  • BECA 560 Radio and TV
  • JOUR 395 or JOUR 400
  • Elective Upper Division BECA course multimedia journalism course on advisement
  • Complementary Studies

SENIOR YEAR 4 SEMESTER 1

  • JOUR 575 Community Media
  • JOUR 609 Pub Lab or JOUR 617 Internship at a bilingual or Spanish language media outlet
  • GE Area UD-C: Recommend LTNS 530 Latinos/as in the Media, LTNS 315 Latinos/as in California, BECA 502 Environmental Communication on Electronic Media, BECA 485 Women and Media
  • Elective: Upper Division SPAN course
  • JOUR/BECA elective or Complementary Studies

SENIOR YEAR 4 SEMESTER 2

  • JOUR 695 Senior Seminar or BECA 660 Television Center News
  • Audio/Visual Course
  • GE Area UD-B: Recommend RRS 304 Decolonize your Diet
  • Elective: Upper Division IR Course (Complementary Studies)
  • Elective: Upper Division LTNS Course

Transfer Student Advising Roadmap

JUNIOR YEAR 1 SEMESTER 1

  • JOUR 223 Newswriting for Spanish Language Media
  • JOUR 224 Bilingual Spanish Newswriting Lab
  • JOUR 310 Ethics
  • GE Area UD-B with Global Perspectives and/or Environmental Sustainability
  • Complementary Studies

JUNIOR YEAR 1 SEMESTER 2

  • JOUR 300GW Reporting
  • JOUR 307 Media Law
  • SPAN 301 Advanced Spanish Grammar
  • JOUR 395 or JOUR 400
  • Complementary Studies

SENIOR YEAR 1 SEMESTER 2

  • JOUR/SPAN 323 Editing & Translation for Bilingual Journalism
  • SPAN 305 Advanced Composition
  • JOUR 575 Community Media
  • JOUR 609 Pub Lab or JOUR 617 Internship at a bilingual or Spanish news media outlet
  • Complementary Studies

SENIOR YEAR 4 SEMESTER 2

  • Jour 695 Senior Seminar or BECA 660 Television Center News
  • Audio/Visual Requirement
  • BECA 560 Radio and TV
  • GE Area UD-D: Recommend LTNS 380 Afro/Latinos Diaspora, LTNS 460 Central Americans of the US, BECA 422 Social Aspects of Electronic Media
  • Complementary Studies

Core: 31 Units

  • SPAN 215 Spanish for Heritage Speakers or SPAN 216 Accelerated and Intermediate Spanish (3)
  • SPAN 301 Advanced grammar (3)
  • JOUR 223 Newswriting for Spanish Language Media (3)
  • JOUR 224 Spanish Newswriting lab (1)
  • JOUR 226 Digital News Gathering (3)
  • JOUR 300GW Reporting (3)
  • SPAN 305 Advanced Composition (3)
  • JOUR 307 Media Law (3)
  • JOUR 310 Ethics GE UD-C (3)
  • JOUR/SPANISH 323 Editing and Translation for Bilingual Journalism (3 TBC)
  • BECA 560 Radio and Television News Writing (3)

 

Required Cluster Electives: 9 Units

Writing: 3 Units

  • JOUR 575 Community Media / El Tecolote partnership (3)
  • JOUR XXX Bilingual Long-form Writing (3 -TBC)
  • JOUR XXX Bilingual Investigative Reporting (3-TBC)

Audio/Visual: 6 Units

  • JOUR 235 Photojournalism I (3)
  • JOUR 335 Photojournalism II (3)
  • JOUR 395 Online Journalism (3)
  • JOUR 400 Multimedia Journalism (3)
  • BECA 561 News reporting for Television (3)
  • JOUR/BECA 563 News Reporting for Spanish TV (3-TBC)
  • BECA 348 Video Editing (3)

 

Practicum: 3 Units

  • JOUR 617 Internship (must be with a bilingual or Spanish language publication)
  • JOUR/BECA 563 Spanish TV News (3-TBC)
  • JOUR/BECA 564 Spanish Radio News Reporting (3-TBC)

 

Capstone: 3 Units

  • BECA 660: Television Center News (3)
  • JOUR 695 Senior Seminar (3)
  • JOUR/BECA XXX: Spanish News Project (3-TBC)
  • JOUR XXX Faculty led study abroad Spanish News Project – (3-TBC)

 

Complementary Studies: 12-16 Units of Which at Least 6 Units Must be SPAN Classes

  • SPAN 306 Advanced Conversation and Reading (3)
  • SPAN 305 Advanced Composition (3)
  • SPAN 350 Practical and Literary Translation (3)
  • SPAN 371 History of the Spanish Language (3)
  • SPAN 401 Culture and Civilization of Spain (3)
  • SPAN 405 Culture and Civilization of Spanish America (3)
  • SPAN 880 Culture and Civilization of Spanish America (3)
  • SPAN 868 Contemporary Literature from a Transatlantic Approach (3)
  • IR 306 Central America Relations GP/SJ (4)
  • IR 322 Latin American Policy Analysis UD:D GP/SJ (4)
  • IR 362 Domestic & Transnational Sources of U.S. Foreign Policy (4)­
  • IR/JOUR 452 International Media Politics SJ (4)
  • IR 459 Refugees and Global Perspectives UD:C AERM GP (4)
  • IR 734 International Migration (4)
  • LTNS 278 History of Latinos (as) in the US (3) US HISTORY; D2; AERM; SJ
  • LTNS 286 Policy Making and Latinos (3)
  • LTNS 315 Latinas (os) in California (3) UD:C AERM/SJ
  • LTNS 430 Race, Crime and Justice (3) UD:D SJ
  • LTNS 460 Central Americans of the US (3) UD:D AERM, GP/SJ
  • LTNS 465 Mexican Americans: History and Heritage (3) UD:D AERJ/SJ
  • LTNS 467 Caribbeans in the US (3) AERJ/SJ) UD:D
  • LTNS 470 Latina(o) Immigration to the US (3) UD:D AERM, GP/SJ
  • LTNS 485 Latina/o Youth, Crime and Justice (3) UD:D SJ
  • LTNS 530 Latina/os in the Media (3) E1; LLDUDC AERM, SJ
  • LTNS 536 Latina/o Journalism (3)

Total units required to complete the degree: 120, including 46 units in the major

View course descriptions on the SF State Bulletin Course Index.