University General Course Catalog 2020-2021 
    Apr 12, 2021  
University General Course Catalog 2020-2021

Journalism, B.A.

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The Bachelor of Arts with a major in Journalism helps students turn their passion for storytelling into careers in news and documentary, advertising and public relations, bilingual media and visual communication. The school balances enduring values of fair and ethical communication with emerging practices and new technologies. Students prepare for the professional world with experiential learning in the school’s own production centers and agencies as well as with its media partners and go on to make a difference in their communities and across the world through the stories they tell and the causes they support.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • demonstrate the ability to write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the communications professions, audiences and purposes they serve.
  • demonstrate understanding of concepts and apply theories in the use and presentation of images and information.
  • demonstrate and apply the principles and laws of freedom of speech and press, including the right to dissent, to monitor and criticize power, and to assemble and petition for redress of grievances.
  • demonstrate an understanding of professional ethical principles and their historical development, and be able to work ethically in pursuit of truth, accuracy, fairness and diversity.
  • demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of groups (including communities defined by gender, race, ethnicity, age, religion and sexual orientation) in a global society in relationship to communications.
  • conduct research and evaluate information by methods appropriate to the communications professions in which they work.

Contact Information

301 Reynolds School of Journalism
(775) 784-6531

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

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 Transferology to assist in your planning.

Admission Requirements


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 units completed).
  • An overall grade point average of 2.5 or higher and a journalism grade point average of 2.5 or higher.
  • Completion of: JOUR 103, JOUR 107 and JOUR 108, with a grade of “C” or better in each and a GPA of 2.5 in the three classes. NOTE: Each of these classes may be repeated only once.
  • Submission of a completed major application form.

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

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. 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 Core Objectives (CO1 through CO14). Courses satisfying Core Objectives are designated (e.g., CO9) in General Catalog curricula and course descriptions.

A. Composition & Communication; Critical Analysis & Use of Information (3-6 units) - CO1, CO3

B. Quantitative Reasoning (3 units minimum) - CO2

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO2 courses .

C. Physical & Natural Phenomena (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. Cultures, Societies, & Individuals (3 units) - CO6

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

E. Artistic Composition, Interpretation, & Expression (3 units) - CO7

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

F. History & Culture (6 units) - CO5

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO5 courses.  

G. Constitution (3 units) - CO8

II. Additional Core Requirements (12 units maximum)

Students must take courses that satisfy the following Core Objectives. Some or all of these 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

  • (3 units) CO9 OR
  • JOUR - 404 - Cybersecurity, Privacy, and Surveillance Society (3 units) CO9 (PENDING) (units counted in Major Requirement) OR
    Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO9 courses .

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 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. 

We have five emphases to choose from:

  • News, Broadcasting and Documentary
  • Public Relations and Advertising
  • Visual Communications
  • Spanish Language Media
  • Media Studies

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 insure 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.

News, Broadcasting and Documentary Emphasis (18 units)

This emphasis is for students who want to tell compelling stories of diverse communities accurately and fully with a variety of media. Future careers could include journalist, reporter (print, digital, TV, radio), editor, producer, anchor, videographer, photographer, podcaster, documentarian, writer, engagement editor, data journalist, social media manager, audience analyst, and many other possibilities.

Public Relations and Advertising Emphasis (18 units)

This emphasis is for students who want to develop their ability to think creatively and influence communities, consumers and society. Future careers could include work for public relations and advertising agencies, private and corporate businesses, government agencies, non-profit and charitable organizations and independent freelance businesses.

Elective (6 units)

Complete two additional upper-division journalism courses in any emphasis.

Visual Communications Emphasis (18 units)

This emphasis is for students who are curious and want to know how the world works, who like to tell stories visually by taking photographs, shooting video, designing brands, data visualizations, websites, or promotional materials, who care about making things better, and like to do something new every day. Future careers could include visual communication designer, information designer, interactive producer, web designer, photographer, product designer, video producer, videographer.

Spanish Language Emphasis (18 units)

This emphasis is for students who want to work professionally in journalism or advertising/public relations incorporating English and Spanish. Future careers could include working as bilingual reporters, editors and producers. Bilingual account executives and managers. Engagement editors, media producers and media managers interested in targeting Spanish-speaking populations.

Media Studies Emphasis (18 units)

This emphasis is for students who thrive in complexity and are looking for sophisticated analytical and critical tools to address big questions about why media professionals do what they do, on a local, regional, national and global level. Future careers could include media management, production, education, administration, entrepreneurship, media buying, digital technologies, data analytics, social media strategies, national and international correspondence, journalistic reporting, PR/advertising, strategic messaging, public policy and service, politics, law and careers in academia as educators and scholars.

Required (6 units)

Choose two courses from the following list:

Choose two courses from the following list (6 units)

Elective (6 units)

Complete two additional upper-division journalism courses in any emphasis.

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)

  • (3 units)
  • History & Culture (3 units) CO5
  • Physical & Natural Phenomena (3 units) CO4 or CO4L
  • Minor (6 units) 

Second Semester (15 units)

  • (3 units)
  • Science, Technology & Society (3 units) CO9
  • Minor (3 units)
  • General Elective (3 units)
  • History & Culture (3 units) CO5

C. Third Year

First Semester (15 units)

Second Semester (15 units)

D. Fourth Year

First Semester (15 units)

Second Semester (13-15 units)

  • JOUR Emphasis #5 (3 units)
  • JOUR Emphasis #6 (3 units) 
  • General Electives or Minor (7-9 units) 

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