Bachelor of Arts in Bilingual Spanish Journalism Roadmap

120 Total Units Required
Minimum Number of Units in the Major: 46

This roadmap is a suggested plan of study and does not replace meeting with an advisor. Please note that students may need to adjust the actual sequence of courses based on course availability. Please consult an advisor in your major program for further guidance.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
ENG 114 Writing the First Year: Finding Your Voice (A2) 1 3
GE Area A 2 3
GE Area B: Quantitative Reasoning (B4) 3 3
GE Area C 3
GE Area D 3
Second Semester
GE Area A 3
GE Area B: Physical Science (B1) and Laboratory Science (B3) 4 3-4
GE Area C 3
GE Area E 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective 5 3
Third Semester
JOUR/SPAN 223 Bilingual English and Spanish Newswriting (Major Core, AERM, GP) 3
JOUR/SPAN 224 Newswriting Lab in Spanish (Major Core) 1
SPAN 215 Spanish for Heritage Speakers (Major Core, C2) 3
GE Area B: Life Science (B2) and Laboratory Science (B3) 4 3-4
GE Area D 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective 5 3
Fourth Semester
JOUR 226 Introduction to Multimedia Journalism (Major Core) 3
JOUR 310 Journalism Ethics (Major Core, UD-C) 3
SPAN 301 Advanced Grammar (Major Core) 3
GE Area F ± 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective 5 3
Fifth Semester
JOUR 300GW Reporting - GWAR (Major Core) 3
JOUR 307 News Media Law (Major Core) 3
SPAN 305 Advanced Composition (Major Core) 3
Major Electives - Select One 6 3
U.S. and California Government 3
Sixth Semester
BECA 375 Non-Fiction Scriptwriting (Major Core) 3
JOUR/SPAN 323 Editing and Translation for Bilingual Spanish Journalism (Major Core) 3
JOUR 575 Community Media (Writing Requirement) 3
GE Area UD-D: Upper-Division Social Sciences 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective 5 3
Seventh Semester
JOUR 617 Advanced Journalism Internship (Major Practicum) 3
Major Electives - Select One 6 3
GE Area UD-B: Upper-Division Physical and/or Life Sciences 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective - Take Two 5 6
Eighth Semester
Select One (Major Capstone): 3-4
Television Center News
Newspaper Publication Laboratory
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective - Take Four 5 11
 Total Units120-123

ENG 114 can only be taken if you complete Directed Self-Placement (DSP) and select ENG 114; if you choose ENG 104/ENG 105 through DSP you will satisfy A2 upon successful completion of ENG 105 in the second semester; multilingual students may be advised into alternative English courses.


To avoid taking additional units, it is recommended that you meet the SF State Studies (AERM, GP, ES, SJ) requirements within your GE or major.


To determine the best B4 course option, students should complete the online advising activity at Questions? Contact Gator Smart Start.


Consider taking a class combined with a laboratory or a separate lab to fulfill B3 if not already satisfied.


Complementary Studies

Required of all candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Bilingual Spanish Journalism are 12 units of Complementary Studies, which must come from courses bearing a prefix other than JOUR, and not cross-listed with JOUR. Complementary Studies courses must come from the following course list and include at least 6 units of SPAN.

I R 306/C J 306 Crisis in Central America: U.S. Policy and the Root Causes of Chaos (4 units) (AERM, GP, SJ)

I R 322/PLSI 322 Policy Analysis: The Latin American Cases (4 units) (UD-D, GP, SJ)

I R 362/PLSI 362/C J 362 The Making of US Foreign Policy (4 units) (GP)

I R 453 Women and Media in International Relations (4 units)

I R 459/PLSI 459 Refugees in Global Perspective (4 units) (UD-C, AERM, GP)

I R 734 International Migration (3 units)

LTNS 278/HIST 278 History of Latinos in the U.S. (3 units) (D, USH, AERM, SJ)

LTNS 315 Latina/os in California (3 units) (UD-C, AERM, SSJ)

LTNS 430/C J 435 Race, Crime, and Justice (3 units) (UD-D, SJ)

LTNS 460 Central Americans of the U.S.: History and Heritage (3 units) (UD-D, AERM, GP, SJ)

LTNS 465 Mexican American and Chicana/x/o History (3 units) (AERM, GP)

LTNS 467 Caribbeans in the U.S.: History and Heritage (3 units) (UD-D, GP, SJ)

LTNS 470 Latina/o Immigration to the U.S. (3 units) (UD-D, AERM, GP, SJ)

LTNS 485/C J 485 Latina/o Youth, Crime, and Justice (3 units) (UD-D, SJ)

SPAN 305 Advanced Composition (3 units)

SPAN 306 Advanced Reading and Conversation (3 units)

SPAN 350 Introduction to Translation (Spanish to English) (3 units)

SPAN 371GW History and Development of the Spanish Language - GWAR (3 units)

SPAN 401 Culture and Civilization of Spain (3 units)

SPAN 405 Culture and Civilization of Spanish America (3 units)

SPAN 868 Contemporary Literature from a Transatlantic Approach (3 units)

SPAN 880 Seminar in Individual Authors or Works (3 units)


Major Electives (6 units)

Select 6 units from one of the following pathways:

Journalism Guided Electives

JOUR 235 Photojournalism I: Foundations of Photojournalism (3 units) (C1)

JOUR 335 Photojournalism II: Staff Photojournalism (3 units)

JOUR 395 Online Journalism (3 units)

JOUR 400 Video Journalism (3 units)

Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Guided Electives

BECA 241 TV Studio Basics (3 units)

BECA 561 News Reporting for Television (3 units)


Given catalog rights, fall 2023 transfer students do not need to complete an Area F course.