What Can I Do with a Major in Journalism?

Journalism involves both the study of the ways news organizations chronicle the events of the day and the practice of preparing news stories for a wide array of media platforms. 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.

Journalism majors*:
  • write for different media
  • work with a variety of technology formats
  • work under deadline
  • analyze and synthesize information from multiple, sometimes contradictory sources
  • adapt to needs of diverse publics

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% pursue graduate degrees in fields such as journalism, creative writing, literature, technical writing, history, or law.

Career options for Journalism graduates include**:

  • newscaster
  • videographer or video journalist
  • copyright specialist
  • press secretary
  • research analyst

Additional Resources

*This is a sample of specific skills (competencies) that Journalism majors acquire; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that these are in addition to the general skills that are common to all CAS majors.

**This is a sample of career options available to Journalism majors; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that some of the listed career options may require additional education and/or training beyond the bachelor's degree.