Journalism Concentration

Undergraduate class with Ninette Sosa

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)

Course Number Course Title
JOUR 2013 News Reporting I
JOUR 3013 Editing
JOUR 3123 Enterprise Journalism

In-Depth Reporting Requirement. Choose two courses from the list below. (6 hours)

Course Number Course Title
JOUR 3023 News Reporting II
JOUR 3163 Sports Journalism
JOUR 4043 Government and the Media
JOUR 4073 Social Media and Journalism
JOUR 4083 Data Journalism
JOUR 4093 Business Journalism
JOUR 4503 Magazine Writing

Visual Literacy & Technology Requirement. Choose two courses from the list below. (6 hours)

Course Number Course Title
JOUR 2032 / 2031L Broadcast News Reporting I with laboratory
JOUR 2063 Media Graphics and Technology
JOUR 2332 / 2331L Photo Journalism I with laboratory
JOUR 405V Specialized Journalism Seminar
(Approved topics include "Advanced Reporting and Data Analysis,"
"Digital Content Strategy," "Digital First," and "Videography.")
JOUR 4033 Advanced Radio News Reporting and Podcasting
JOUR 4313 Literature of Journalism
JOUR 4863 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:

Course Number Course Title
JOUR 2053 Multimedia Journalism
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:

Course Number Course Title
JOUR 1023 Media and Society
JOUR 1033 Media Writing
JOUR 3633 Media Law
JOUR 4333 Ethics in Journalism
JOUR 4981
(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


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School of Journalism and Strategic Media
University of Arkansas
205 Kimpel Hall
Fayetteville AR 72701
Phone: 479-575-3601
Bret Schulte, Chair
Dave Bostwick, Vice Chair