Bachelor of Arts in Journalism

The faculty and staff at the Reynolds School of Journalism help you turn your passion for storytelling into careers in news, broadcasting and documentary, advertising and public relations, Spanish-language media, media studies and visual communication.

You will learn to balance enduring values of fair and ethical communication with emerging practices and new technologies. You will prepare for the professional world with experiential learning in the school’s own production centers and agencies as well as with its media partners.

You will go on to make a difference in your community and across the world through the stories you tell and the causes you support.

When you graduate, we want you to be in a position to compete for the best jobs and the most sought-after graduate programs. We want you ready for your next big step.


*Students seeking the bachelor of arts degree from the Reynolds School of Journalism must complete at least 120 credits.

Non-journalism course requirements 

  • Silver Core General Education Requirements (24-27 credits)
  • Additional Silver Core Requirements (12 credits maximum)
  • Minor or Second Major (18-21 credits)
  • Foreign Language (4-8 credits)
  • Electives (13-23 credits)

Journalism course requirements

  • 39 credits minimum.
  • 12 of the 39 journalism credits in 400-level classes.

The 120 credits must also conform to the following:

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Journalism GPA of 2.5
  • 40 credits in classes numbered 300 or higher
  • 60 credits acquired at a four-year institution
  • 30 credits in residence at UNR

Pre-Major and Major Status

Students may declare a Journalism major at any time by completing a Declaration of Major form and submitting it to the advising center in RSJ 303.

Beginning journalism students maintain Pre-Journalism status until the following requirements are met:

  • Sophomore standing (30 credits completed)
  • An overall grade point average of 2.5 or higher and a journalism grade point average of 2.5 or higher.
  • Application to the major form submitted.
  • Completion of JOUR 103, 107 and JOUR 108, with a grade of "C" or better in each and a GPA of 2.5 in the three courses. NOTE: Each of these classes may be repeated only once

Journalism majors must maintain these GPAs to remain in the major. A major will revert to Pre-Major status whenever either GPA is below 2.5. After two consecutive semesters below 2.5 in either journalism or overall cumulative GPA, the student may be removed from the major.

Major Requirements

The journalism major includes 21 journalism core units and 18 journalism elective units. Twelve of the required 39 units must be earned in courses numbered 400-499.

Journalism Core (21 units)

  • JOUR 103 - Introduction to Media and Society (3 units) CO6
  • JOUR 107 - Media Writing (3 units)
  • JOUR 108 - Media Design (3 units)
  • JOUR 208 - Media Production (3 units)
  • JOUR 305 - Media Ethics (3 units) CO12
  • JOUR 401 - First Amendment and Society (3 units) CO8
  • JOUR 416 - Reynolds Media Lab Practicum (3 units) CO14 or   JOUR 499 - Professional Internship (1 to 3 units) CO14

Journalism Electives (18 units)

Students must complete one journalism emphasis for their upper-division course work (18 units). Two of these upper-division courses must be at the 400-level. Visit the course catalog for the requirements of each emphasis. 

We have five emphases to choose from:

We encourage students to talk with a faculty mentor when planning a path through the journalism major.

Many upper-division courses require prerequisites. Students should plan courses carefully to ensure they are prepared to take the 400-level courses they need to graduate. Some courses are taught every semester but others are only taught once a year or once every other year. The class schedule on MyNevada provides a list of those courses taught in a given semester. For a complete list of journalism courses and prerequisites, visit the Course Descriptions section in the online catalog.

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