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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 100 with a grade of C or better and Journalism 101. Journalism 101 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.

Journalism
Major

The Journalism Major

Note: Except for pass/fail courses, a grade of not lower than C- (1.7) is required in each journalism course comprising the major.

Eleven units, including:

Minor

The Journalism Minor

Note: Except for pass/fail courses, a grade of not lower than C- (1.7) is required in each journalism course comprising the minor. 

Seven units, including: