Bachelor of Arts in Journalism


Passion, professionalism, purpose

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.

If you are interested in learning more about a bachelor's degree in journalism or applying to the University, complete the form to talk with one of our admissions coordinators.


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

Non-journalism course requirements (84 credits minimum)

  • The University Core Curriculum (36 credits minimum)
  • Minor or second major (18 credits minimum)
  • Two semesters of college level Foreign Language (8 credits)
  • Additional School requirements in Liberal Arts and Sciences (15-22 credits).
  • Journalism students must complete 65 credits in Liberal Arts. Many of these credits are acquired in the university core, the language requirement and the minor, while other Liberal Arts credits are designated by the school. More credits may be necessary to reach the 65 credit minimum depending on a student's choice of minor and progress through the University Core Curriculum.

Journalism course requirements

  • 36 credits minimum.
  • 12 or the 36 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
  • Credits taken for S/U grades equal 5 units maximum.


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 dean's office.

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 101- Critical Analysis of Mass Media
  • JOUR 107- Multimedia News Reporting and Writing
  • JOUR 108- Media Production I (taken alongside JOUR 107)
  • JOUR 207- Multimedia News Reporting and Writing II
  • JOUR 208- Media Production II (taken alongside JOUR 207)
  • JOUR 305- Media Ethics
  • JOUR 401- The First Amendment and Society
  • JOUR 499- Professional Internship

*Must pass with a grade of "C" or better in each one and GPA of 2.5. 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.

Additional School Requirements

  • Foreign Language (8 credits)
  • Economics (3 credits)
  • Literature (3 credits)
  • Political Science (3 credits)
  • Another 6 credits that can include additional classes in literature, foreign language, economics, or philosophy


Any upper-division journalism course, not in the Journalism core, counts as an elective. Students in consultation with a journalism advisor, will select one of the following emphases and choose at least nine credits from the selected group of courses as part of their 15 elective credits:


  • JOUR 310: Advanced Reporting (3 credits)
  • JOUR 323: Radio News and Production (3 credits)
  • JOUR 411: News Editing (3 credits)
  • JOUR 421: Television News and Production I (3 credits)
  • JOUR 423: Television News and Production II (3 credits)
  • JOUR 453: Online Reporting and Editing (3 credits)

Strategic Communications

  • JOUR 351: Public Relations & Advertising Principles for IMC (3 credits)
  • JOUR 430: Advertising Media for IMC OR
  • JOUR 431R: Advanced Advertising for IMC OR
  • JOUR 432: Advertising Copywriting for IMC OR
  • JOUR 433R: IMC Competition (6 credits)
  • JOUR 442: Public Relations Case Studies for IMC (3 credits)
  • JOUR 443: Public Relations Problems for IMC (3 credits)


The requirements for a non-sequence major are similar to those who choose a sequence. Students need to declare a journalism major and complete the journalism core requirements. Non-sequence students will also have to take five upper division classes, two of which must be 400 level.

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