Major in Journalism
Journalism is a career and a calling. It’s the ideal major for students who are
motivated to seek the truth and tell stories that impact people’s lives.
Being a journalist today is about connecting people with the world 24/7 and engaging
with audiences on the go. Our program prepares students to be innovative, problem-solving
storytellers in today’s media world.
As a journalist, you can be a …
- Digital Media Manager
- Media Editor
- Content Specialist
- Online Content Strategist
- Social Media Manager
- Multimedia Reporter / Producer
What You’ll Learn
As a journalism student, you will learn how to write, produce and aggregate content
across all media platforms — print, broadcast, digital and mobile. And you’ll
engage modern audiences through social media and the latest interactive tools.
You’ll also create your own real-world projects, products and apps designed to
advance the journalism industry and your career. Your skills will take you
anywhere you want to go — from newsrooms to private industry to the nonprofit
About the Curriculum
Journalism majors are required to take core courses in media writing, media tools
and applications, and media law and ethics. In addition, students are required
to take two courses each in the categories of Writing, Creating and Engaging.
By combining required courses and electives, students can specialize in a specific
medium or design their own unique course of study.
All students must complete a capstone course in which they work in teams to produce
multimedia stories and packages for a public audience. All coursework is done
in the College’s modern facilities, giving students access to the latest digital
technology and hands-on tools.
The program description and requirements below are for students who enter the
Journalism major as of Fall 2014 or later. Students who entered the major
prior to Fall 2014 must follow a
different set of requirements.
Journalism Major Requirements
Journalism majors earn a Bachelor of Science in Journalism (BSJ) degree upon
successful completion of the program.
To graduate, all College of Media majors must complete a minimum of 120 credit
In addition to required College of Media core courses and Journalism major courses,
Journalism students must complete specified courses outside of the College.
They also are required to complete a minor and fulfill the University’s General
Education Curriculum (GEC) requirements.
Finally, the College’s accreditation guidelines require that students take a
minimum of 72 credit hours outside of the College. Typically, students meet
this requirement through
GEC, minor and other non-College courses.
Wondering about your course schedule?
Current students should refer to
Degree Works to determine their scheduling needs.
Future students can refer to the
WVU Undergraduate Catalog for the major requirements and
Contact Our Academic Advisors
Hands-on Innovative Projects
Journalism majors also have the opportunity to participate in hands-on reporting
and immersion journalism projects.
WVU Reed College of Media hosts a variety of student organizations.
These clubs offer students opportunities to engage in University activities
and connect with other students and professionals nationwide. Students travel
to conferences, visit top news agencies and firms, organize and participate
in campus events, and network with alumni and industry leaders.
We Are Accredited
The College of Media’s undergraduate programs are fully accredited by the Accrediting
Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. West Virginia University
is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.