BJ in Journalism

Degree Program Description

Journalism is the study and practice of analyzing, gathering, creating and presenting news and information through different media.

The curriculum includes focused study and hands-on experience within the career paths of broadcasting, cross-platform editing and producing, photojournalism and documentary journalism, reporting and writing, and social and audience strategy.

Students customize their degree through elective courses that allow them to gain depth and breadth in a wide array of subject areas and specializations. Upon graduation, students pursue careers in a wide range of journalism and communication professions including: account management, art direction, audience engagement, audience development, audience research, business journalism, data analysis and visualization, digital content editing, digital strategy, documentary editing and producing, international journalism, investigative reporting, media planning, media production, magazine editing, mobile production, multimedia editing, news editing, photo editing, photography, podcasting, public relations, project management, product management, science communication, SEO strategy, social media producing, sports reporting, sports and entertainment promotion, strategic communication, television news reporting or production, television sports reporting or production, radio reporting and production, videography, website editing and writing.

Major Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Journalism degree requires 120 credits. The faculty expects each student to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be considered in good standing.

To obtain the Bachelor of Journalism degree, a student must complete the following:

ENGLSH 1000Writing and Rhetoric (Minimum grade of B- required)3
General Education: Math and Quantitative Reasoning 3
General Education: Behavioral Science3
General Education: Math/Science9
Must include 9 credits in these sciences: biological science, physical science, and/or mathematical science including at least one biological or physical science and its related laboratory component and representing two different areas of science. If taking math courses to satisfy this requirement, they Must be courses in mathematics or statistics with any one of MATH 1050: Quantitative Reasoning, MATH 1100: College Algebra, MATH 1160: Precalculus Mathematics, or STAT 1200: Introductory Statistical Reasoning as a prerequisite.
General Education: Humanities3
Foreign Language (from same language)12
ECONOM 1014Principles of Microeconomics3
or ABM 1041 Applied Microeconomics
ECONOM 1015Principles of Macroeconomics3
or ABM 1042 Applied Macroeconomics
HIST 1100Survey of American History to 1865 ^3
or HIST 1200 Survey of American History Since 1865
POL_SC 1100American Government3
or POL_SC 2100 State Government
Journalism Core Requirements
JOURN 1100Principles of Journalism in Democracy3
JOURN 1200Fundamentals of Visual Journalism and Strategic Communication3
JOURN 1300Fundamentals of Written Journalism and Strategic Communication3
JOURN 1400Applied Projects for Journalism and Strategic Communication3
JOURN 2000Cross-Cultural Journalism3
JOURN 2200Audiences and Persuasion2
JOURN 4160Social Media Foundations and Practice1
JOURN 4180Newsroom Content Creation3
JOURN 3000History of American Journalism3
or JOURN 4568 History of Photojournalism
JOURN 4000Communications Law3
Career Path (minimum of two courses from one area required)6
Cross-Platform Editing and Producing JOURN 4830 & JOURN 4832
Photojournalism and Documentary JOURN 4540 & JOURN 4560
Reporting and Writing JOURN 4450 & JOURN 4490
Social and Audience Strategy JOURN 4820 & JOURN 4824
Specialty Areas (may choose from several)*15
Accelerated Graduate Program, Account Management, Art Direction, Arts and Culture Journalism, Audience Experience, Broadcast Radio News, Broadcast TV News, Business Journalism, Copywriting, Design, Digital Strategy, Documentary Journalism, Editing, Government Journalism, Innovation and Technology, International Journalism, Investigative and Data Journalism, Magazine Writing, Media Planning, Novak Leadership, Photojournalism Stills and Video, Podcasting, Public Relations, Print and Digital Reporting, Science, Health, and Environment, Social Leadership, Sports and Entertainment Promotion, Sports Journalism, Strategic Communication Research, Strategic Communication Visual Storytelling, Visual Editing and Management
Capstone (Complete one three credit hour capstone) *3
JOURN 4310News Producing3
JOURN 4320Advanced Broadcast Reporting3
JOURN 4379Documentary Post Production3
JOURN 4406Digital News Editing3
JOURN 4972Photo and Visual Editing3
JOURN 4978Media Management and Leadership3
JOURN 4980The Picture Story and Photographic Essay3
JOURN 4984Magazine Staff3
JOURN 4986Advanced Writing3
JOURN 4990Journalism and Democracy3
JOURN 4992Innovation and Audience Research in Digital Media3
JOURN 4994Magazine Publishing3
Non-Journalism Electives from the areas below:25
(Course must be numbered 2000 or above)
Area 13
Students choose from one of these areas: Animal Science, Anthropology, Astronomy, Atmospheric Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Food Science, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Plant Science, Psychology, Rural Sociology, Sociology or Statistics.
Honor’s College students can also choose from: GN_HON 2243H, GN_HON 2310H, GN_HON 2244H, GN_HON 2461H, GN_HON 2462H, GN_HON 3210H, GN_HON 3242H.
Area 26
Students choose from the following areas: Agribusiness Management, Black Studies, Economics, Geography, History, Peace Studies, Political Science, Textile and Apparel Management, and Women's and Gender Studies.
Honor’s College students can also choose from: GN_HON 2230H, GN_HON 2245H, GN_HON 2246H, GN_HON 3230H.
Area 36
Students choose from the following areas: Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Arabic, Architectural Studies, all Art prefixes, Chinese, Classical Humanities, Classics, Communication**, English**, Film Studies**, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, all Music prefixes, Philosophy, Portuguese, Religious Studies, Russian, South Asia Studies, Spanish, Theater, and Visual Studies-Art History
Honor’s College students can also choose from: GN_HON 2015H, GN_HON 2111H, GN_HON 2112H, GN_HON 2113H, GN_HON 2114H, GN_HON 2120H, GN_HON 3120H
Area 410
Any non-journalism course**

See your advisor for additional choices to fulfill this requirement


Students can earn credit in courses from additional Career Path and capstone courses. These additional credits will apply to the fifteen credit hours in the Specialty Area requirements. 


Some courses are prohibited in the Bachelor of Journalism. Students should consult with their academic advisor for questions regarding courses in these areas.

General Electives

Electives may be necessary to complete a minimum of 72 credits of non-journalism classes and 120 total credits. Any course acceptable to the School of Journalism is allowed.

Accelerated BJ in Journalism to MA in Journalism

The accelerated bachelor to master's degree program was designed for students in the Missouri School of Journalism to attain a graduate education. The new program will allow students to apply and begin their master’s program in the senior year of undergraduate program. Students in the program complete requirements as outlined for the Bachelor of Journalism degree and then spend one more year (approximately 12 months) to earn a master’s degree. The program requires students to carry 9-12 credits each semester. Course work in the program builds on the undergraduate program and enhances student’s skills and understanding of the chosen area of journalism. At the present time, areas include strategic communication, newspaper design, broadcast management, computer-assisted reporting and magazine areas such as magazine writing and magazine design.

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Semester Plan

The following four-year plan is a sample. A student's path to graduation may vary based on a host of factors. Working with an academic advisor is necessary to determine the best plan for each student.

First Year
ENGLSH 10003Second Language II4
Second Language I4JOURN 1300 or 12003
Math and Quantitative Reasoning 3HIST 1100 or 12003
JOURN 1200 or 13003Gen Ed Sci Non Lab3
JOURN 11003Humanities3
 16 16
Second Year
Second Language III4ECONOM 10143
Gen Ed Sci Non Lab3Gen Ed Lab Science3
JOURN 14003JOURN 22002
JOURN 20003Behavioral Science3
POL_SC 11003JOURN 4180W3
 JOURN 41601
 16 15
Third Year
Journalism Specialty3Journalism Specialty6
Career Path I3JOURN 30003
Area 23Area 33
Area 13Career Path II3
ECONOM 10153 
 15 15
Fourth Year
Journalism Specialty6Journalism Specialty3
JOURN 40003Capstone3
Area 33Area 43
Area 4 - WI3Area 43
 15 12
Total Credits: 120

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Degree Audit

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MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner. Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, click on the Academic Progress Tile, then select Request Degree Audit. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress. This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities. For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Discovery Center by calling (573)884-9700 or through MU Connect Discovery Center service in you success network.

  • If you have decided on a major, visit an academic advisor in the School or College that you are interested in to discuss the process of declaring the major

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center. No Appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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