Program Information

Journalists never stop learning.  There is always a new story, always information to uncover and gather and share....when it came to choosing where to spend the next four years of my life honing my journalism skills, I chose Rutgers University for the reputation of the journalism department and the incredible number of Rutgers graduates who have found successful careers in all aspects of media.
Linda, Class of 2010

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 internship, 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:

  • Students will be able to articulate the current and historical roles and responsibilities of the news media in a democracy.

  • Students will be able to gather, evaluate, and disseminate verbal and visual information in print, broadcast, online and other formats.

  • Students will be able to express ethical and legal practices in journalism and emulate those practices.

  • Students will be able to understand how the mass media transmit ideas, especially about gender, race, religion, ethnicity, and culture, in the U.S. and global settings.

  • Students will be able to critically evaluate media performance and become educated media consumers.