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Major in Journalism

Are you curious? Are you interested in current events or passionate about advocating for social change? Or maybe you’re creative and like storytelling - verbally or visually. Journalists connect people to the world through print, web, social media, television and radio.

At WVU, you’ll learn how to create and share stories across all of these media platforms. You’ll master skills in writing, video, photography and even augmented and virtual reality. You’ll practice deciphering the truth in a world of information overload. And in the end, you’ll have a strong portfolio of real-world projects and a skill set that will take you anywhere you want to go – whether that’s the newsroom, private industry or the nonprofit world.

As a journalist, you can be a:

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 world.


About the Curriculum

Journalism majors are required to take core courses in media writing, media tools and applications, media law and ethics, beat reporting, data and design, editing and curation and interactive media and audience building. In addition, students are required to take three skills courses and may choose from podcast producing, Adobe video editing, voice performance for broadcasting, immersive storytelling AR/VR or video editing. Students may choose from electives in visual, print or broadcast. 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.


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 hours. Journalism  students complete:

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 sample schedule.


Academic Advisors

emily roush

Emily Roush

email  emily.roush@mail.wvu.edu

phone 304-293-5873

demetrius greer

Demetrius Greer

email demetrius.greer@mail.wvu.edu

phone 304-293-8538

kayla poling

Kayla Poling

email kayla.poling@mail.wvu.edu

phone 304-293-5686


Hands-on Innovative Projects

Journalism majors also have the opportunity to participate in hands-on reporting and immersion journalism projects.

Get Involved

The 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.