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 Media & Culture, 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.

The Journalism major requires a double major, but virtually all students finish in 4 years. Our 200 current students are double-majoring in 15 different areas. Political science and English are the most popular double majors, but others include psychology, business, history, theater, and even zoology.

Our faculty—many of whom have won national journalism awards—ground students in basic and advanced reporting, interviewing, storytelling, and editing skills. That ably prepares students for careers in newsrooms (print, web and broadcast) as well as an array of careers that call for highly competent writing and communication skills.

About half our majors want to become professional journalists, and half just want to be better writers and communicators

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 small—typically limited fewer than 25 students—to facilitate an effective learning environment.

Writing Scholars

The Writing Scholars in the Department of Media, Journalism & Film — part of the campus-wide University Academic Scholars program — comprise a small community of Miami students who share a devotion to the written word and an ambition to write for the media. They are invited to join the program on the basis of their record in high school, their entrance exams, and their choice of writing-related majors. They take writing-intensive first-year courses as a group; meet with professional writers visiting the campus; and enjoy priority access to MJF writing courses. Many develop their writing skills through strong associations with Miami's student publications. (The English Department has a second cadre of Writing Scholars whose interests lie in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.)

Practical experience

Students can gain practical experience at both on- and off-campus news organizations. On campus choices include The Miami Student, RedHawk Radio, MQ and UP magazines, Miami Television News, and more. Off campus, students regularly service as interns at The Columbus DispatchThe Cincinnati EnquirerCincinnati magazine, The Dayton Daily News, and TV stations and websites in Ohio and beyond.

What are the special admission requirements, if any?

There are no additional admission requirements for this program.

What courses would I take?

During your first year of study, you'll take MAC 143: Introduction to Media; JRN 101: Introduction to Journalism; and JRN 102: Precision Writing. In your sophomore year, you'll continue 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 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% 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 & Film
Patricia Newberry, JRN Area Coordinator
206 Williams Hall
Oxford, OH 45056