FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions about the Certificate of News Literacy

What are the required courses to complete the certificate?
Students are required to take a total of four courses to complete the certificate for a total of 12 credit hours. The four courses are below. For full course descriptions, see here.

Introductory Course: 
JOUR 3030 – Media, News, and Consumers (3 hours)
Intermediate Courses:  
JOUR 5320 – Journalism Ethics and Diversity (3 hours)
JOUR 5420 – Credibility, the News Media, and Public Trust (3 hours)
Capstone Course:
JRLC 3600E — Media Savvy: Becoming Digitally Literate (3 hours)

Do I have to be a journalism and/or Grady College major to complete the certificate?
No! This certificate program is open to all majors.

Do I have to apply to this certificate program?
No! All you have to do is declare the certificate in Athena once you’ve registered for the introductory course, JOUR 3030. When you apply to graduate, you will include the certificate in your application.

How do I declare the certificate?
You can declare the certificate at any time in Athena. Visit this page for step-by-step instructions.

Do I have to take these courses in order?
You must take the introductory course first and the capstone last. The intermediate courses can be taken in any order.

Do I need a POD (permission of department) to take these classes?
No! You simply need to register for each course normally through Athena. If you have any troubles with enrolling in the courses, please email Sophie Barnes in the journalism department, sophieb@uga.edu.

Is this certificate open to non-UGA students?
At this time, this certificate is only available to current UGA students.

Who do I contact if I have more questions? 
You can contact your advisor with registration questions or Charlotte Norsworthy, the program coordinator, with program questions at norsworthy@uga.edu.