University General Course Catalog 2018-2019 
    Jan 25, 2021  

Journalism, B.A.

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The Bachelor of Arts with a major in Journalism has a strong professional orientation in news, strategic communications and visual communication across all media platforms. Journalism is also an excellent double major as the program is flexible and provides media skills applicable to many professions. We prepare students for success and leadership in emerging media sectors through our teaching, research, creative activity, and engagement with the media professions and the community. Our educational emphasis is high tech, high touch, experiential and ethical. Further information can be obtained on the School of Journalism website:

Contact Information

301 Reynolds School of Journalism
(775) 784-6531

Paul Mitchell (recruitment, retention) -
Jean Dixon (all journalism and transfer student advising)-
Sally Echeto (graduating seniors) -
Donica Mensing (Associate Dean) –

Transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno

Use the transfer agreement  and the degree planner (available by clicking Print degree planner icon at the top right of this page) to build your plan for graduation with your advisor. Course substitutions not identified on the transfer agreement require UNR advisor approval.

If a major-to-major transfer agreement is not available for your transfer institution, please check the General Core agreement  if available. If neither is available, access established transfer course equivalencies to assist in your planning.

Admission Requirements

Students may declare “pre-major” status in journalism to indicate an interest in the degree. Official acceptance into the major occurs after the student has completed the following four courses with a C or better and an overall 2. 5 GPA (in journalism and at the university overall): 
JOUR 107, JOUR 108, JOUR 207, and JOUR 208.

Graduation Requirements

Total Units 120
Cumulative GPA 2.5
University GPA 2.0
Major GPA 2.5
Residency Requirement 30 Upper-Division Units at UNR
Upper-Division Requirement 40 Upper-Division Units
Half Program Units/4 Year Institution 60 Units


I. Silver Core General Education Requirements (24-27 units)

NOTE: Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter of this catalog for information regarding the “Core English and Math Completion Policy  .”

Students in this major must meet all Silver Core Objectives (CO1 through CO14). Courses satisfying Core Objectives are designated (e.g., CO9) in General Catalog curricula and course descriptions.

A. Silver Core Writing and Prerequisite (3-6 units) - CO1, CO3

B. Silver Core Mathematics and Prerequisite (3 units minimum) - CO2

C. Silver Core Natural Sciences (6 units minimum) - CO4, CO4L

 At least one course must have an approved lab component. Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO4/CO4L courses .

D. Silver Core Social Sciences (3 units) - CO6

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO6 courses .

E. Silver Core Fine Arts (3 units) - CO7

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO7 courses .

F. Silver Core Humanities (6 units) - CO5

G. Silver Core Constitution (3 units) - CO8

II. Additional Silver Core Requirements (12 units maximum)

Students must take courses that satisfy the following Core Objectives. Some or all of these Silver Core Objectives may be satisfied in the Major Requirements (Section IV).  Refer to the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog.

A. Science, Technology & Society Course - CO9

B. Diversity & Equity Course - CO10

C. Global Context Course - CO11

D. Ethics Course - CO12

E. Capstone Integration & Synthesis Course - CO13

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO13 courses .

F. Application Course - CO14

III. Additional College Requirements (4-8 units)

Students are required to take at least 72 units outside the School of Journalism to meet accreditation requirements. Besides silver course requirements and major requirements, students must also take:

A. Foreign Language (4-8 units)

Must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language equal to a second-semester course level by:

(a) completion of a second-semester college course in a foreign language, 
(b) placement examination or credit-by-examination through the Department of World Languages and Literatures.


  • First-semester foreign language courses are prerequisites for the courses listed above. 
  • Four years of high school foreign language instruction does not satisfy this requirement.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 40 upper-division credits to graduate. The journalism major requires 27 upper-division credits; this means another 13 credits of upper-division courses must be earned as part of the core curriculum or the minor requirement. 

IV. Major Requirements (39 units)

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.

B. Journalism Electives (18 units)

Students may take any upper-division journalism courses, not in the journalism core, to satisfy the journalism electives requirement. Overall, students must complete 6 upper-division electives, TWO of which must be at the 400-level.  

Electives in the journalism major are organized by emphasis. We strongly advise students to select courses within an emphasis in a particular professional field (News, Strategic Communications, or Visual Design). We also encourage students to take one to three electives in a second emphasis depending on personal and professional career goals. We encourage students to talk with a faculty mentor when planning a path through the journalism major.

Many upper-division electives require prerequisites. Please plan your electives carefully to insure that you are prepared to take the 400-level courses you need to graduate. Some courses are taught every semester but others are only taught once a year or once every other year. Please check the class schedule on MyNevada for 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.
The following list of electives is organized by emphasis.  

Additional Journalism Electives

V. Minor Requirements (18-21 units)

Students may complete any minor approved by the University, except that students may not receive credit for both a minor and a major in the same discipline. Completion of a second major or degree approved by the university satisfies this requirement.

Journalism students are encouraged to consider a second major or double minor. With advance planning, many double majors can be completed within four years.

VI. Electives (13-23 units)

VII. Recommended Schedule

If you are considering a double major or double minor please make an appointment with a journalism advisor so we can assist in your selection of core curriculum courses.

A. First Year

First Semester (16 units)

Second Semester (16 units)

B. Second Year

First Semester (15 units)

Second Semester (15 units)

C. Third Year

First Semester (15 units)

  • (3 units) CO12
  • JOUR Emphasis course #1 (3 units)
  • Minor course (6 units)
  • Diversity & Equity Course (3 units) CO10

Second Semester (15 units)

  • JOUR Emphasis course #2 (3 units)
  • JOUR Emphasis course #3 (3 units)
  • Global Context Course (3 units) CO11
  • Minor course (3 units)
  • General Elective (3 units)

D. Fourth Year

First Semester (15 units)

Second Semester (13 units)

  • JOUR Emphasis course #5 (3 units)
  • JOUR Emphasis course #6 (3 units) 
  • General Electives or Minor (7 units) 

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