The journalism concentration is foundational training that prepares students for careers in reporting, law, research and communication. Emphasis is placed on investigative and storytelling skills, adaptable to a variety of jobs in media and related fields. Students learn news judgment as well as responsibility to their audience and to professional ethical standards. Our students graduate with writing skills and digital tools.
Journalism students are encouraged to work on our award-winning student publications, including the Arkansas Traveler newspaper, the Razorback yearbook, and The Hill, a student-produced literary journalism magazine. Our internship coordinator helps students land professional experience.
Our graduates work at National Geographic, The New York Times, Politico, and many other media outlets.
Students are encouraged to complete an internship, whether it is taken for credit or not.
Required courses for this concentration:
Fundamental Courses. (9 hours)
|News Reporting I
In-Depth Reporting Requirement. Choose two courses from the list below. (6 hours)
|News Reporting II
|Government and the Media
|Social Media and Journalism
Visual Literacy & Technology Requirement. Choose two courses from the list below. (6 hours)
|JOUR 2032 / 2031L
|Broadcast News Reporting I with laboratory
|Media Graphics and Technology
|JOUR 2332 / 2331L
|Photo Journalism I with laboratory
|Advanced Radio News Reporting and Podcasting
|Literature of Journalism
|Television News Reporting I
|Or other Visual Literacy & Technology courses
as approved by the School of Journalism and Strategic Media.
Digital requirement for the Journalism Concentration:
To be taken concurrently or after JOUR 2013 News Reporting I
Journalism core courses:
A minimum of 34 semester hours in journalism is required, including the following:
|Media and Society
|Ethics in Journalism
(See advisor for enrollment)
|Journalism Writing Requirement
A minimum grade of C is required in all journalism courses that serve as prerequisites for advanced journalism courses. In certain cases, a minimum grade of B is required. Students must select a sequence when they enter the department.
Cultural Diversity Requirement - All majors are required to complete a 3-credit cultural diversity course. Students should consult their academic advisor for approved courses.
Digital Requirement - Students should consult the University Catalog and their academic advisor for guidance on completing the digital requirement for each JOUR concentration or the ADPR major.
GSP Requirement - Students who major or minor in journalism or advertising/public relations need to fulfill the School of Journalism’s grammar, spelling and punctuation (GSP) requirement.