Bachelor of Arts | College of Arts and Science

What is Journalism?

Broadening the traditional curriculum, Miami's Journalism major has evolved as an interdisciplinary program that includes the fields of Mass Communication, Interactive Media Studies, and Political Science. In addition to courses teaching fundamental reporting, writing, and editing skills, the program's integrated media focus blends the art of communication with the science of digital technology to prepare Miami students for an increasingly diverse, yet converged environment for the practice of journalism.

What are the features of Miami’s program?

Interdisciplinary approach

The Journalism Program's interdepartmental framework brings together insights and applications from various disciplines while providing access to resources across several departments.

Double major

The program offers time to pursue interests in other areas by requiring a second major in a non-media-related field.

Small classes

Writing and editing classes are limited to 18 students in order to facilitate an effective learning environment.

Practical experience

A number of weekly and daily newspapers within driving distance of campus accept students for part-time internships during the school year and summer for academic credit. Students also have the opportunity to gain summer internships as reporters and copy editors on newspapers and TV stations throughout the country. In recent years, students have worked as interns with the Chicago Tribune, The Cincinnati Enquirer, Dayton Daily News, the Columbus Dispatch, ABC News, NBC News, Meet the Press, CNN, Fox News, and specialized publications, such as Cosmopolitan magazine.

You can also find opportunities for practical experience on campus. The Miami Student newspaper is published twice a week, with a circulation of nearly 10,000. Approximately 100 students work on the paper as reporters, editors, photographers, and production or business staff, and about 40 of the top positions carry a small salary. Recensio, Miami 's yearbook, has a staff of about 30, including editors, copywriters, photographers, designers, salespeople, bookkeepers, and clerical staff. Students also produce cable news programs for MUTV, a community access channel, and can work at two on-campus radio stations, WMSR and WMUB.

What are the special admission requirements, if any?

Yes, admission into the program is selective with pre-major requirements. Students enrolled in the University Honors program can be admitted to the major upon request. Those not in the Honors program are required to pass a grammar and punctuation proficiency test.

What courses would I take?

During your first year of study, you'll begin taking the College of Arts and Science requirements, such as literature classes and foreign language courses, as well as the journalism pre-major requirements and Global Miami Plan courses. In your sophomore year, you'll begin taking courses in the journalism major along with courses related to your second major. In your junior and senior years, you'll concentrate on upper-level journalism courses, continue coursework in your second major, and participate in internships.

What can I do with this major?

Journalism graduates seek careers in many areas. Our students are well-prepared, not only for any job requiring writing, editing, or publication design. Graduates may become magazine editors, newspaper or TV reporters, freelance writers, or copywriters. Typically, about 10 percent pursue graduate degrees in fields such as journalism, creative writing, literature, technical writing, history, or law.

Who can I contact for more information?

Department of Media, Journalism, and Film
Richard Campbell, Chair
120 Williams Hall
Oxford, OH 45056