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Digital Media and Journalism

Academic Advising

All majors in Digital Media and Journalism are advised by full-time faculty in the department. Professor Nancy M. Heiz is the department academic advisor as well as the internship coordinator. She coordinates all advising and internship activities department-wide. Students are encouraged to apply/declare their Digital Media and Journalism major at Coykendall Science Building (CSB) 51, the department's main office. They will be assigned a full-time faculty member in their area of study. Students are encouraged to meet frequently with their advisor.



Students can become a part of the department by declaring a major in one of our three undergraduate majors.

Acceptance as an undergraduate major in the department is not automatic; rather, it is based on overall academic performance and number of credits earned. Students can, however, be accepted as majors. To declare a major in Digital Media and Journalism, one must have an overall GPA of 2.0. Students wishing to declare a major in Digital Media Production can do so upon acceptance to the college. 

Transfer students should be aware that the university requires that at least one half of the courses in the major be completed at New Paltz. A transfer student may obtain a transfer of credit for Digital Media and Journalism courses from either the departmental academic advisor or the department chair. To determine whether a class fits our requirements, please make available a course description from your previous institution.


Pre-Registration Advising

The Department of Digital Media and Journalism conducts its own pre-registration advising each semester for its majors. At that time, students may meet with their advisor and obtain permission for classes for which they qualify. At that time students are released to register by their advisor (electronically).

If a course is declared closed at the time of registration, a student may be placed on a waiting list administered by our department secretary. A waiting list, however, is not a guarantee that you will get into a class. After the registration period is over, changes to student schedules must be done on a Course Change Form, and your advisor's signature is required for each change


Declaring a Major or a Minor

To declare a Digital Media and Journalism major or minor contact the Departmental Academic Advisor, Nancy M. Heiz at (845) 257-3460, or stop by the department office, CSB 51. Please bring copies of all college transcripts with you; they can be obtained by following the directions in this link. Students should be aware of prerequisite requirements for all courses and may not register for courses when the prerequisite requirements have not been met. Students should see their advisors regularly throughout their academic program but they must see their advisor every semester during advanced registration. A minor in Film and Video Studies can be declared at CSB 51. You must come to your advising appointment for your registration clearance to be released electronically.


General Education Requirements

The General Education Program seeks to provide a foundation of general knowledge, and the ability to analyze, evaluate, and communicate that knowledge to others. A complete description of the General Education Program can be found in the College Catalog and in the Advising Handbook.

Completion of the General Education Program requires between 35 and 48 academic credits.

The General Education courses offered each semester are listed in the Schedule of Classes. Because of periodic revisions of the General Education courses list, students should verify that courses taken to fulfill these requirements are among the authorized courses for that semester. With the exception of Freshman Composition, no more than three courses may be taken from a single department or program to meet the General Education requirements.

Questions concerning the General Education Program should be directed to the Office of Academic Advising which is located on the ground floor of Wooster Hall.



Please visit the Academic Advising Web site for some forms used frequently by students here at SUNY New Paltz.


Liberal Arts Designation

All of the courses offered by the Department of Digital Media and Journalism carry a liberal arts (LA) designation, except those which are highly specified to a certain field or topic. All Digital Media and Journalism majors follow a Liberal Arts and Sciences (LA&S) curriculum.