Program Information

To me being a journalist means discovering the unknown, amplifying the unheard and giving the public the option to react. I chose Journalism and Media Studies as a major because it is the major that best equips me to do what I feel as though I have been called for.
Chisa Egbelu, Class of 2016

The Department of Journalism and Media Studies offers a major leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree. It provides undergraduate students with a broad spectrum of courses in the theory and practice of journalism and mass media, preparing them for professional careers in newspapers, magazines, television, radio, cable television, the news agencies and wire services, publishing, and public information service in the government and private sectors.

The major is open to students at Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, and as a second major for students in some other Rutgers schools.  Students must meet all requirements of their college as well as the requirements specified for the major. (See the New Brunswick Undergraduate Catalog for information on admissions, financial aid, academic policies and procedures, and degree requirements of the individual colleges.)

All Journalism/Media Studies courses (except the internships, 04:567:393; 04:567:394) must be taken for a grade and the assigned academic credit. No grade below “C” will be accepted toward the major. No more than six (6) transfer credits (2 courses) will be accepted toward the major; a maximum of one course each from the skills and conceptual areas.

Click here for a PDF version of the JMS Handbook.

The undergraduate program in Journalism and Media Studies has defined these learning goals for students:

    • [EXPRESSION] Write fluently, produce content and tell stories across evolving media platforms
    • [ANALYSIS] Demonstrate analytical and critical thinking, formulate research questions and use appropriate methods, evaluate and use appropriate sources, identify and gather relevant data in journalism and media contexts

    • [ETHICS] Develop a critical understanding of the ethical standards and tensions in journalistic and media practices and institutions and apply this understanding to academic and professional activities

    • [POWER] Critically analyze issues of diversity, difference, social justice and power in media in a global context

    • [SYSTEMS] Explain social, political, cultural and economic dimensions of media technologies, institutions, practices, policies and regulations

    • [INNOVATION] Innovate with tools and technologies appropriate for media professions