Program Requirements

About the major

Journalism majors will explore the flow of content across multiple media forms and platforms, including print and broadcast journalism, film, video, radio, television, and web- and mobile-based digital media. The Journalism program, in conjunction with the Center for Collaborative Journalism, focuses on meeting community news and information needs, gaining practical experience with guidance from working experts in the field, and incorporating subject matter expertise into journalistic work.

All Journalism courses with a required lab component are taught in the department’s Digital Media Lab using Apple Macintosh computers. Students who wish to use their own computers should purchase a Macintosh with our recommended software applications.

A Journalism major consists of 38 semester credit hours.

About the minor

A minor in Journalism consists of 18 semester credit hours.

Departmental honors

To earn departmental honors in Journalism, a Journalism major must meet the following requirements:

  • Maintain a minimum overall grade point average of 3.50
  • Achieve a grade point average of 3.50 in the Journalism major
  • Complete JMS 430 (Engagement Journalism)
  • Submit a portfolio of journalistic work by March 15 of the senior year to be juried by journalism professors and working journalists. The portfolio must be judged “outstanding” to receive honors.