Journalism (BA/BS)

This is not your parents’ journalism degree. We’re one of the oldest journalism schools in the nation, but we’re pioneering and teaching new and innovative approaches to the field—like solutions journalism, engaged journalism, data journalism, and more.

Our commitment to ethics define us as journalists. In our accredited program, you’ll develop the skills to tell an ethical, accurate, and compelling story in any medium while exploring new communication forms. You’ll learn about the roles of communication media in society, the history of journalism, research and writing for mass media, visual communication techniques, and the ethical, legal, and social responsibilities of the media in modern society.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Understand the range of freedom of expression around the world and apply the principles and laws of freedom of speech to their profession/field.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how professionals and institutions shaped communications relevant to their profession/field.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of diversity in domestic and global society and its impact as relevant to their profession/field.
  • Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the use and presentation of images and information and apply them to their profession/field.
  • Understand and apply ethical principles appropriate to their profession/field.
  • Think critically, creatively and independently.
  • Conduct research and evaluate information by methods appropriate to their profession/field.
  • Write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate to their profession/field.
  • Critically evaluate their own work and that of others for accuracy and fairness, clarity, appropriate style and grammatical correctness.
  • Apply basic numerical and statistical concepts.
  • Apply tools and technologies appropriate to their profession/field, including verbal and visual presentation as apt.

Journalism Major Requirements

Journalism Premajor Requirements*
J 100Media Professions2
J 101Grammar for Communicators2
J 201Media and Society4
Journalism Major Requirements
J 211Gateway to Media8
J 212Writing for Communicators4
J 213Fact or Fiction4
Core Context Requirement
J 320Gender, Media, and Diversity4
J 385Communication Law4
J 397Media Ethics4
Select one of the following:4
Media History
International Communication
Select one of the following:4
Media Technologies and Society: [Topic]
Culture and Power in the Media: [Topic]
Media Structures and Regulation: [Topic]
Research Methods: [Topic]
Journalism Major Requirements
J 361Reporting I4
J 462Reporting II4
J 463Specialized Reporting: [Topic]4
Select two from either the writing or the visual concentration:8
Writing Concentration
Feature Writing I
Newspaper Editing
Advanced News Editing
J 472
The Journalistic Interview
Visual Concentration
Digital Video Production
Documentary Production
Reporting for Electronic Media
Advanced Television News
Media Design: [Topic]
Advanced Photojournalism: [Topic]
Four additional credits from the following:4
Internship: [Topic]
Practicum: [Topic]
Workshop: [Topic] 1
Specialized Reporting: [Topic]
OR Magazine
Flux Production
And any additional concentration course not previously taken
Elective: At least four journalism credits are needed to reach the minimum 724
General Studies Requirements104
At least 104 non-journalism credits, including one of the following:
A non-SOJC minor
A non-SOJC concentration 2
A non-SOJC double major
Minimum 2.9 cumulative UO GPA
Total Credits176

Additional Requirements

  • Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 72 credits and a maximum of 76 credits in journalism, of which at least 27 must be taken at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication and at least 40 must be upper-division
  • Satisfactory completion of at least 104 credits in academic fields other than journalism. A student who graduates with 180 credits must count no more than 76 credits (including transfer credits) in journalism toward the degree. The 104 credits must include a minor or area of concentration outside of the School of Journalism and Communication
  • Majors and premajors must take all school courses for letter grades unless a course is only offered pass/no pass (P/N). All graded journalism courses taken to satisfy the major must be passed with a grade of better than a C-.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.70 or better in courses taken in the School of Journalism and Communication at the time of graduation


A major may earn no more than 9 credits in Internship: [Topic] (J 404).

Honors Program

The honors program provides high-achieving students the opportunity to develop analytic, creative, critical thinking and research skills in small-group, discussion-oriented courses. The program develops a small multidisciplinary community of communications scholars from all the majors within the School of Journalism and Communication. 

Students take three honors courses focusing on media theory, research, or issues, which partially fulfill the context course requirement. In addition, students complete an original piece of scholarship or creative work in the senior year.

The program targets journalism majors entering their junior year who have a minimum 3.50 cumulative UO GPA. Applications are accepted each spring for the following year’s cohort. Clark Honors College students are eligible to apply. More information is available on the school's website.

Second Bachelor’s Degree

Students who already have a bachelor’s degree and want to earn a second bachelor’s degree in the School of Journalism and Communication may apply for premajor status through the university’s Office of Admissions. Upon fulfilling the requirements for application for admission, they may apply for major status. Students must complete all of the school’s requirements for graduation including the school’s nonjournalism requirement and university requirements for the BA or BS. Credits, including transfer credits, earned for the first bachelor’s degree may count toward meeting the requirements as long as they conform to the transfer-credit policy outlined previously.

Four-Year Degree Plan

Requirements for the School of Journalism and Communication are complex, and students are strongly encouraged to consult with an advisor in the school’s Student Services Center to ensure accurate interpretation of requirements and timely degree completion. For more information on student services and academic requirements, visit the website.