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  Feb 23, 2018
2012-2013 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Journalism, Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts Dual-degree Program

The dual degree program offers forward-thinking students a unique opportunity to graduate in an extremely efficient manner, with both an undergraduate and an advanced degree. Within five years (instead of the usual six) students will complete a 151 semester hour program that will culminate with the awarding of both a bachelor of arts and a master of arts in journalism.

Candidates for graduation from the School of Communication with the combined degrees of bachelor of arts and master of arts must fulfill the B.A. requirements as listed under the School of Communication  and the M.A. requirements as listed under the School of Communication, with the exception that three graduate courses may count toward both the undergraduate and the graduate degrees. Students may count any three applicable graduate courses toward their undergraduate major, but most students would select the three from JRNL 211, 215, 216, 231, and 253. In addition, undergraduate students majoring in journalism must complete the program requirements listed below plus a liberal arts minor from one of the following: any minor in the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences  or the Department of Rhetoric . The minor must consist of 18 semester hours as defined by that discipline, of which at least 6 hours must be taken in residence.

(Note: Major and minor fields will be listed on the student’s record. Only courses acceptable for the major may be applied toward the minor, and only with grades of C- or better. Pass/D+/D/Fail credit will be given toward an academic minor for courses offered only on this basis.)


Journalism and public relations majors transferring to Hofstra may bring no more than six journalism credits from other schools for use in satisfying journalism major requirements at Hofstra. These six credits are subject to the approval of the Department of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations  of the School of Communication . Transfer credits are approved only for those courses meeting the department’s curriculum requirements and course standards.


Students may apply for “direct entry” into the dual-degree program as undergraduate first year students. To be accepted into the program, these students must enter with an SAT score of 1170 or higher and a cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 or higher. Applicants who meet these criteria will be accepted by the Office of Admissions directly into this program, and notified of acceptance prior to beginning their course work at Hofstra. Students in the program will be allowed to take graduate-level courses during their senior year provided they maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0. Dual-degree students must meet with an adviser at least once every semester to confirm their intent to pursue graduate studies. If they choose not to pursue the graduate degree, they will be awarded the B.A. degree upon completion of all required courses, up to and including their senior year. Graduate level courses may still be applied for undergraduate degree credit.

Students may also apply for admission into the dual-degree program during their junior year.

Students must take at least 80 semester hours outside their major and department, 65 of which should be liberal arts.