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Journalism Major & Minor

Journalism students typically share a passion for writing, an earnest desire to tell honest stories and a fascination with public affairs. More than half of all journalism students choose a second field of study to complement their journalism degree. Some of the most common second majors are political science, history, English and rhetoric and communication.

As Americans begin getting their news from a variety of non-traditional sources, in addition to the newspapers, television and radio broadcasts and magazines that have been at the heart of the major for so many years, journalism programs across the country are adapting to provide students with the tools they will need to become successful writers—no matter what the medium.

First and foremost, Richmond’s Department of Journalism creates writers. Many graduates use their degrees to pursue news writing, public relations, advertising or marketing, while still others find that the strong writing background they receive is the perfect preparation for a range of careers, including attending graduate or professional schools.

Major & Minor Requirements

General prerequisites: Journalism 200 with a grade of C or better and Journalism 201. Journalism 201 with a grade of C or better is prerequisite for all other journalism courses, and is best completed before the end of the sophomore year.

The Journalism Major

Note: Except for pass/fail courses, a grade of not lower than C (2.0) is required in each journalism course comprising the major.

Nine units, including:

JOUR 200 News Media and Society

JOUR 201 News Writing and Reporting

JOUR 203 Introduction to Visual Journalism

JOUR 301 Copy Editing

JOUR 302 Public Affairs Reporting

JOUR 303 Journalism Law, Ethics

JOUR 304 Seminar

JOUR 377 Practicum

One unit of journalism elective

The Journalism Minor

Note: Except for pass/fail courses, a grade of not lower than C (2.0) is required in each journalism course comprising the minor. 

Six units, including: 

JOUR 200 News Media and Society

JOUR 201 News Writing and Reporting

JOUR 203 Introduction to Visual Journalism

JOUR 301 Copy Editing

JOUR 303 Journalism Law, Ethics

JOUR 377 Practicum