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


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