What do I need to do to graduate from UNR with a degree in journalism?

Here is a link to a list of all your major course requirements. To graduate from UNR, you have to fill four “buckets” of classes:

  1. Core curricular requirements of the university
  2. Major classes in the RSJ
  3. Additional liberal arts classes required by the RSJ
  4. Minor requirements

Semester to semester, you should have a firm sense of which classes you have finished in each of these buckets. And projecting forward, you should have some sense of which semester you plan to graduate, and which classes you will take semester to semester to reach that goal. In MyNevada, there is a “planner tool” to help you do just this. Become a master of this tool and you will master your curriculum!

How do I choose a sequence in the major and which should I choose?

Once you have finished your first four journalism classes (J107, J108, J207, J208) you will be ready to declare the major in journalism. (Here is a link to the declaration of major form).

At that point, you will have just eight classes left to finish the major: Three of these classes are required (J305, Media Ethics; J401, First Amendment & Society; and, J499, the Internship). And five are upper-division electives. The rule is that you must complete at least 2 of these upper-division electives at the 400-level.

We have devised emphases to organize your path through these five upper-division elective classes. The emphases are News; Strategic Communication; and Visual Design (see the bottom half of the Major Requirements for a list of classes in each emphasis).  You are strongly recommended to choose one of these emphases to organize your upper-division electives.  However, you are not required to do so.  You may choose a “cross-track” route as well.  Still undecided about what track to choose? Visit with a member of the faculty or start with Donica Mensing, who can direct you from there. The only firm rule for your 5 upper-division electives is that at least 2 must be at the 400 level.

Each of our emphases organizes 3 or 4 classes in a logical sequence. For instance, if you want to specialize in Strategic Communication, you have to take J351, Fundamental Principles of IMC, before you can take any of the 400-level classes in this sequence. For visual design, the first class is J300, Visual Communication. And for the news track you get to choose two of the following three courses: Narrative Journalism, J318; Data Journalism, J319; and Social Journalism, J320.

By choosing an emphasis, you are deciding to specialize in a field of professional communication. However, you are not writing your future in stone. You can always change emphases at any time and you’re also free to take courses across emphases as well.

The declaration of major form has a box for choosing an emphasis or for going the cross-track route.

How do I choose a minor?

Unless you are double majoring in journalism and another discipline, you must have a minor to graduate from the RSJ. Which minor should you choose? That’s an excellent question! There are many strategies for choosing a minor. To know which one is right for you, talk with a faculty mentor who teaches in your chosen sequence. They’ll be happy to walk you through the minor morass!

How do I enroll in classes?

You enroll in classes through MyNevada. The university’s MyNevada Help page is the place to go for information on how to use MyNevada. It includes tips on how to enroll and un-enroll in classes, how to add yourself to a wait list, and why there may be holds on your account. It is your first stop for information. Still not able to solve your problem? Contact Sally Echeto or Donica Mensing and they will help you out.

When should I (and how do I) take diversity and capstone courses?

Diversity and capstone courses are the final requirements of the University’s core curriculum. Capstones are designed to be interdisciplinary courses that link knowledge across two or more the classes you have taken in the core curriculum. Diversity classes are just that—classes about diverse people and/or cultures.

You can find classes that fulfill these requirements by going in to MyNevada. Click on “Class Search” and then scroll down to “Additional Search Criteria.” Set “Minimum” and “Maximum” credits to “3.” Then, click on the magnifying glass next to “Course Attribute.” Select “Core” and another box will come up, “is equal to.” Click again on the magnifying glass and select “CAPGENERAL.” Then click search. A list of all general capstone courses will appear. The rule is that you must take at least one capstone course outside of your major, but most journalism students take both outside the major.

Not sure if a particular class counts as a capstone? Come see Sally Echeto or Donica Mensing.

When and how do I do an internship?

You must complete at least one 3-credit internship to graduate with a major in journalism. You can find all the information you need—including the required forms—on our internship page.

Final steps to graduation

Congratulations! You are ready to graduate. Sometime early in the semester in which you intend to graduate, you must apply for graduation on your MyNevada account. If you are not graduating, but are within 12 credits of graduating and want to participate in the graduation ceremony, you can fill out the Application to Participate in Commencement.

The deadlines for submitting these forms are the following:

Fall Semester: October 1

Spring Semester: March 1

Summer: June 1