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B.A. (Hons.)

Start Date

01 August 2022
End Date
31 July 2025
3 Years

Programme Fee (Yearly)

Rs. 3.5 Lacs

Programme Curriculum: BA (Hons.) in Journalism & Media Studies

Over the first two years students train in the foundational areas of journalism through core courses and electives from both Jindal School of Journalism & Communication and other schools at JGU. Students are also required to complete internships during each semester break. In the final year, besides other courses, students choose an area for concentrated study, and complete a thesis/field report duly approved and advised by JSJC faculty.


The skills courses cover the basics of print, audio-visual and multimedia journalism: how to research, how to write a lede and structure a story. The programme is aimed at encouraging students to write to deadlines and to give them adequate exposure in reporting, writing and producing.

Academic Programme

1st Year

Semester 1

  • Writing I: Reading for Writing
  • Journalism Skills I
  • Economic Theory and Practice I
  • History I: India’s Past and Present
  • Media and Society
  • Reporting Environment

Semester 2

  • Writing II: Profiles and Drafts
  • Journalism Skills: Radio I
  • Economic Theory and Practice II
  • History II: World Histories of
  • Capitalism and Colonialism
  • Indian Media History
  • Democracy and Politics in India

2nd Year

Semester 3

  • Writing III: Genres
  • Journalism Skills: Radio II
  • Reading Images
  • Social Structures in South Asia: Caste and Religion
  • Data Analysis for Storytelling
  • Cross-listed Elective

Semester 4

  • Writing IV: Reports, Features and Reviews
  • Journalism Skills: TV 1
  • Reporting Climate Change
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Reading Law: Reporting the Courts
  • Cross-listed Elective

What are Cross-listed Electives? In Semesters 3 and 4, students take at least one elective course from any school in JGU, including JSJC. Students are allowed a maximum of two cross-listed electives in every semester with credits not exceeding 8 in total. These will not replace credit requirements from compulsory courses.

3rd Year

Semester 5

  • Journalism Skills V:
    TV II – Studio-based Production
  • Writing V: Editing: Theory and

Three of the following ‘departmental electives’ (subject to change):

Semester 6

  • Journalism Skills VI:
    Multimedia Storytelling
  • Writing VI: Interviews, Essays,
    and Obituaries

Three of the following ‘departmental electives’ (subject to change):

  1. Introduction to Data Journalism
  2. Off-Centre: Reporting from Rural and Semi-urban areas
  3. Freedom of Expression
  4. Debates on Nationalism
  5. Migration and Displacement
  6. Contemporary World Politics
  1. Minority Report
  2. Literature of Violence: Prose and Poetry
  3. Media and the Future of Work
  4. Governance and Media
  5. Comparative Politics and Political Systems
  6. Censorship
  7. Independent Research Paper: Selected students may apply to write an independent research paper with a faculty member instead of one departmental elective.