Journalism, BS

for the degree of Bachelor of Science Major in Journalism


department website: https://media.illinois.edu/journalism

department faculty: https://media.illinois.edu/journalism/faculty

department email: journ@illinois.edu


overview of college admissions & requirements: College of Media

college website: https://media.illinois.edu/


JOURNALISM (JOUR), prepares students for exciting and fulfilling careers in broadcast journalism, news-editorial journalism, and emerging media. The primary professional aim is to train students as public affairs and enterprise journalists. The Journalism Department seeks to prepare broadly educated professionals who will assume decision-making and leadership roles in a variety of media organizations.


Programs in Journalism


Undergraduate Programs:

major: Journalism, BS

major: Journalism, BS-MJ

minors: Journalism | Media | Public Relations


Graduate Programs:

degree: Journalism, BS-MJ

degree: Journalism, MS

joint degree: Journalism, MS and Law, JD


The department does not offer a Ph.D. degree. For the program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy in Communications, see Communications and Media, PhD.


for the degree of Bachelor of Science Major in Journalism


Required Major Courses All required courses must be taken for a letter grade.44-47
JOUR 200Introduction to Journalism3
JOUR 205History of American Journalism3
or JOUR 452 Great Books of Journalism
JOUR 210Newsgathering Across Platforms4
JOUR 215Multimedia Reporting4
JOUR 220News Editing4
JOUR 250Journalism Ethics & Diversity3
JOUR 311Media Law3
Select two of the following:8
Adv Public Affairs Reporting
Video Reporting & Storytelling
Multimedia Editing and Design
Select three of the following:9-12
Audio Journalism
Augmented and Virtual Reality
Video Storytelling 2-Producing
Science Journalism
Business Reporting
Advanced Reporting Topics
Immersion Journalism
Investigative Journalism
Select one of the following:3
Media and Public Opinion
Research Methods in Journalism (or equivalent)
Propaganda & the News Media
Special Topics (department approval required)
Journalism Electives9
Any Journalism course at the 200-level or above. Courses from the list above not used to complete requirements may be taken as electives.
Minor or Specialization18
A campus-approved minor, or one 18-hour specialization, or two 9-hour specializations (with at least 6 hours at the 300-level or above), approved by advisor.
Statistical Methods Course (Choose 1)3-4
STAT 107Data Science Discovery (recommended)4
STAT 100Statistics3
SOC 280Intro to Social Statistics4
PSYC 235Intro to Statistics3
ECON 202Economic Statistics I3
EPSY 280Elements of Statistics4
UP 116Urban Informatics I3
or other approved statistical methods course
General Education Requirements29-41
The department maintains a list of recommended courses to fulfill General Education requirements. Some courses may fulfill multiple General Education categories. Courses may also fulfill both major requirements and General Education categories.
Composition I4
Advanced Composition (JOUR 200 can fulfill)3
Quantitative Reasoning I (statistical methods courses listed above can fulfill)3-4
Quantitative Reasoning II (JOUR 451 can fulfill)3
Humanities and the Arts (JOUR 205, JOUR 452 can fulfill)3
Cultural Studies: Western Comparative3
Cultural Studies: US Minority Cultures3
Cultural Studies: Non-Western Cultures3
Natural Science and Technology6
Social and Behavioral Sciences6
Minimum Total Hours required for graduation124

This sample sequence is intended to be used only as a guide for degree completion. All students should work individually with their academic advisors to decide the actual course selection and sequence that works best for them based on their academic preparation and goals. Enrichment programming such as study abroad, minors, internships, and so on may impact the structure of this four-year plan. Course availability is not guaranteed during the semester indicated in the sample sequence.

Students must fulfill their Language Other Than English requirement by successfully completing a third level of a language other than English. This may require up to three semesters of language depending on high school coursework or placement. See the corresponding section on the Degree General and Education Requirements page: http://catalog.illinois.edu/general-information/degree-general-education-requirements/.

First Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
JOUR 2003JOUR 2104
MDIA 1001Statistical Methods course3
Composition I or General Education course4-3General Education course or Composition I3-4
General Education course3General Education course3
General Education course3Elective or Language Other Than English (3rd level)3-4
 14 17
Second Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
JOUR 205 or 4523JOUR 2204
JOUR 2154JOUR 2503
General Education course3General Education course3
General Education course3General Education course3
Minor/specialization course3Elective3
 16 16
Third Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
JOUR 3113Intermediate Skills course4
Intermediate Skills course4Advanced Skills course3-4
General Education course3Minor/specialization course3
Minor/specialization course3Minor/specialization course3
Minor/specialization course3JOUR elective3
 16 17
Fourth Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
Advanced Skills course3-4Advanced Skills course4-3
Context course3JOUR elective3
Minor/specialization course3Elective3
JOUR elective3Elective3
Elective3 
 15 13
Total Hours 124

Statistical Methods course: see advisor for list of approved courses