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JMS Degree Requirements

Admission to the Journalism and Media Studies Major

To become a Journalism and Media Studies (JMS) major, students must first be admitted to the Rutgers University School of Communication and Information (SC&I). In order to apply to the major students must have completed:

01:355:101 Expository Writing or an equivalent course or placement with a grade of C or better.

At least 15 credits at Rutgers, or at least 15 transfer credits to Rutgers, with at least a 2.0 Grade Point Average.

04:189:102 Introduction to Media with a grade of C or better. If a grade of C or better is not earned, students are allowed to re-take the class one time.

SC&I will accept applications to majors in the fall, spring, and summer terms.

Details about deadlines and application forms are available online.

Program Requirements

JMS majors are required to take a minimum of 33 credits within the department. SC&I also has an Interdisciplinary Requirement of 3 credits for all of the school's majors. All SC&I, as well as Journalism and Media Studies credits, must be completed with a grade of C or better to count toward graduation.

A second major is viewed as highly advantageous for students preparing for a career in mass media, but is NOT required.Students are not allowed to double major in either Communication or Information Technology and Informatics, the two other SC&I undergraduate majors. JMS majors may pursue a second major offered through other schools at Rutgers. Students are allowed, however, to minor in one of the SC&I minors Digital Communication, Information, and Media (DCIM), or Gender and Media.

Majoring in JMS requires students to carefully formulate their program of coursework. Students should consult an adviser for guidance at least once a year.

SC&I Interdisciplinary Requirement

JMS majors must complete either 04:189:101 Introduction to Communication and Information Processes or 04:189:103 Information Technology and Informatics, to fulfill the three-credit interdisciplinary requirement of the school. The course must be taken before senior year. These credits do not count toward the major, but are a requirement of the school for all majors. Students must earn a C or better to meet the requirement.


No more than six transfer credits (two courses) will be accepted toward the major; maximum one course each from the skills and conceptual areas.

Neither 04:189:102 Introduction to Media, nor the Interdisciplinary Requirement, count as credit toward the major.

Students may not take more than nine out-of-classroom credits within the major. Those courses include: Three Credit Internship, 6 Credit Internship, Practicum in Journalism and Media Studies, Independent Study in Journalism, and Independent Study in Media Studies.