Department Updates Fall 2016

School of Journalism

Changes to the Media Studies minor; in effect Fall 2016 and later:

The minor is still 24 credits. However, instead of one required course (J201) and five elective courses chosen from a specific list, the minor is now two required courses (J201, J314) and four elective courses chosen from a specific list. See for more details.
J201 is offered every term. J314 is slated to be offered every fall. However, to help the transition, it will be offered in Spring 2017. Most the elective courses only have J201 and MEST minor status as prerequisites.
Students who declared the minor before the first day of Fall 2016 (Sept. 26, 2016) can still complete the older version of the minor. Any student who declared the minor Sept. 26 or later must complete the new version, even if they started the minor coursework prior to fall term. Contact with questions.

Psychology Department

Starting Fall 2016 psychology major and minor have a new curriculum

Psychology majors are required to complete 56 total credit hours (48 upper division, 16@ UO) in a more progressive curriculum that emphasizes coursework in psychology. Majors are required to:

  • Take Math 243 as a pre-requisite to PSY302  (Math 111 no longer acceptable)
  • Score a C or better in introductory courses (PSY201 and PSY202).
  • Majors are required to take at least 3 CORE courses at the 300 level (including at least one from Cog/Bio area)
  • Take three 400-level specialty courses of their choice (breadth no longer imposed at this level)
  • 12 credits of BI/CH/PHYS/BIOCHEM are no longer required.

Psychology minors are required to complete 28 total credit hours (20 upper division, 16@ UO) in a curriculum that emphasizes breadth across areas of psychology. Psych minors are required to:

  • Take at least 3 CORE courses at the 300 level, instead of the 400 level coursework previously required.
  • Take PSY301 and PSY302 (PSY 303 and higher coursework is no longer required).

More details available here or, contact Jagdeep Bala, Head advisor at