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 world.
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.
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:
- 3 credit hours in Orientation
- 22 credit hours of General Education Foundations (English, Math, Science, etc.) Courses
- 27 credit hours of Non-Journalism / Media Requirements
- 15 credit hours in Journalism Courses (including the Capstone Course)
- 6 credit hours in Writing Courses
- 6 credit hours in Creating Courses
- 3 credit hours in Engaging Courses
- 3 credit hours in College of Media Electives
- 15 credit hours in a Required Minor outside of the College of Media
- 20 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 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.
Hands-on Innovative Projects
Journalism majors also have the opportunity to participate in hands-on reporting and immersion journalism projects.
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.