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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:
Reporter / Correspondent
Broadcast News Analyst
Film and Video Editor
Digital Media Manager
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 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.
2 credit hours in Orientation
22 credit hours of General Education Foundations (English, Math, Science,
27 credit hours of Non-Journalism / Media Requirements
27 credit hours in Journalism Courses (including the Capstone Course)
3 1-credit hour Journalism Skills Courses
6 credit hours in Upper-Level major electives
15 credit hours in a Required Minor outside of the College of Media
18 credit hours in General Electives
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
GEC, minor and other non-College courses.
Wondering about your course schedule?
Current students should refer to
Degree Works to determine their scheduling needs.
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.