The Department of Journalism offers a professional journalism education in a liberal arts setting. The department is part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, which means that our students do not have to choose between a journalism education and a liberal arts education. They get both. We feel that such an education provides the best preparation for a successful career in journalism.
The Journalism Department strongly urges its students to complete an additional major in a related field, such as History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, Biology, Latin American Studies or a foreign language. With planning, a student can complete two majors in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in four years. If a student wishes to pursue a second major in a different school or college in the university (such as the School of Business Administration), more than four years will be necessary to meet all requirements. (For more information, see the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences catalog.)
Students who do not complete a second major must complete at least 12 credits of upper level work in a another discipline that will provide context for their future reporting and editing. The courses may all be in the same area (such as political science or history) or in different areas that all contribute to one body of knowledge. For example, a student interested in environmental issues could find related courses in Biology, Geography, Sociology, and Natural Resource Management and Engineering.
All journalism majors must satisfy the requirements of the College and complete 27 credits in journalism at the 2000-level or above, including JOUR 2000W (Newswriting I), 2001W (Newswriting II), 3002 (Journalism Ethics), 3020 (Journalism Law), and 3030 (The Editor’s Craft); the three-credit portfolio sequence JOUR 2111, 3111, and 4111; one of the following courses: JOUR 3000 (Public Affairs Reporting), 3012W (Feature Writing), 3013W (Magazine Journalism), 3041 (Reporting and Editing TV News), 3045 (Specialized Journalism), 3046 (Environmental Journalism), 4035 (Investigative Reporting), or other advanced courses if accepted with the consent of the department. JOUR 1002 (The Press in America) is a prerequisite for JOUR 3002.
A journalism education is, by definition, an education in writing and information literacy. A journalism major will fulfill the writing in the major requirement and the information literacy competency by completing the department’s core courses: JOUR 2000W, 2001W, 3002, 3020, and 3030.
Students must complete 120 credits, at least 72 of which must be outside the department. Students must also complete 12 credits in upper-division courses in a related field. (For students who are pursuing a double major, the courses in the second major may be used to fulfill that requirement.) Students are urged to consider their related courses as essential to their career preparation, and to work closely with their advisor to choose courses that will provide them with the knowledge they will need to be successful reporters and editors. Students who have a specialized interest — such as arts or environmental reporting — are urged to take their related courses in those areas.
All students are urged to pursue courses in Statistics and Computer Sciences.
More information on required courses is available at the Major Requirements page.
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Journalism requires many skills, one of which is the ability to hear, understand and tell the stories of people who are unlike you. That skill, like others, must be learned and practiced. There are many ways in which people differ, including race, ethnicity, poverty, language, physical and mental health, appearance, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, education and political views. To a journalist, these differences are interesting, not intimidating. It is up to you to choose journalism assignments, courses and experiences that will develop your ability to listen to the many voices of our world.