Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree from the Reynolds School of Journalism must complete at least 120 credits, 40 of which must be in classes numbered 300 or higher.

Of the 120 credits required for graduation, at least 90 credits must be in courses other than journalism and journalism-related skills courses, and at least 65 credits must be earned in the liberal arts. A minimum of 36 credits must be in journalism, as described in this section.



Of the journalism courses, only JOUR 101, JOUR 107, JOUR 108, JOUR 207 and JOUR 208 may be taken before admission to the major. During the first two years of university-level study, students are urged to enroll in liberal arts courses and to satisfy requirements of the Core Curriculum, as well as the journalism school’s requirement for foreign language proficiency. Freshmen and sophomores are classified as pre-journalism majors.

Journalism majors are required to pursue a second major field or a minor in an approved outside field.

To gain approval to the major in journalism a student must have sophomore standing, an overall grade point average of 2.5 or higher, a journalism grade point average of 2.5 or higher, and must have earned a C or better in JOUR 101, JOUR 107 and JOUR 108 and JOUR 207 and JOUR 208. Journalism majors must maintain these GPAs to remain a journalism major. After two consecutive semesters below 2.5 in either journalism or overall cumulative GPA, a student may be removed from major.


Students majoring in journalism may count toward graduation no more than 15 credits taken for satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) grades. With the exception of journalism courses offered for S/U grade only, all courses satisfying specific requirements for the major must be taken for a letter grade.


    1. English (3-6 credits)
      1. ENG 101–Composition I (3 credits)
      2. ENG 102–Composition II (3 credits)
      3. NOTE: Students who place in ENG 102 are not required to complete ENG 101.
    2. Mathematics (3-6 credits)
      1. Math 120
    3. Natural Sciences (6-8 credits)
      1. Refer to the “Natural Sciences” section of the core curriculum chapter of this catalog for a list of appropriate courses. One from group A and one from group B.
    4. Social Sciences (3 credits)
      1. ANTH 101 , ANTH 201 , ANTH 202 , PSY 101 , GEOG 106 , GEOG 200
    5. Fine Arts (3 credits)
      1. Refer to the “Fine Arts” section of the Core Curriculum section in this catalog. (3 credits)
    6. Core Humanities (9 credits)
      1. CH 201–Ancient and Medieval Cultures (3 credits)
      2. CH 202–The Modern World (3 credits)
      3. CH 203–American Experience and Constitutional Change (3 credits)
    7. Capstone Courses (6 credits)
      1. Journalism students may not use any required journalism course, including JOUR 401, to satisfy this requirement. At least one of the two capstone courses must be outside journalism. (6 credits)
    8. Diversity (3 credits)
      1. Refer to the “Diversity” section of the Core Curriculum chapter of this catalog (3 credits)

    NOTE: Courses used to fulfill Additional School Requirements may not double as Capstones. Credits may only be applied to one requirement except for some courses used to fulfill the Diversity requirement.

  1. Liberal Arts Requirements (30 credits)
    NOTE: At least 65 credits toward the 120 required credits must be in Liberal Arts.
  1. Economics (3 credits)
    ECON 100–Introduction to Economics (3 credits) OR
    ECON 102–Principles of Microeconomics (3 credits)
  2. Literature (3 credits)
    Students must complete one ENG classes of at least three credits numbered between 200 and 499 that is devoted to the study of literature. This course must cover a variety of writings from a specific genre, period or author. ENG courses focused on composition, rhetoric or theory do not meet this requirement. A student’s choice of English course must be approved by a journalism adviser and may not be used to satisfy any other requirement except diversity.
  3. Select 2 of the Following for Another 6 credits (6 credits)
    Select one of the following three-credit courses:
    ECON 102–Introduction to Microeconomics OR
    ECON 103–Introduction to Macroeconomics
    PHIL 101–Introduction to Philosophy
    PHIL 102–Critical Thinking and Reasoning
    PHIL 131–Introduction to Metaphysics
    PHIL 135–Introduction to Ethics
    PHIL 203–Introduction to Existentialism
    PHIL 207–Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy
    PHIL 210–World Religions
    PHIL 211–Introduction to Ancient Philosophy
    PHIL 212–Introduction to Medieval Philosophy
    PHIL 213–Introduction to Modern Philosophy
    PHIL 224–Introduction to Philosophy of Science
    PHIL 244–Bioethics
  4. Political Science (3 credits)
    Select one of the following three-credit courses:
    PSC 101–American Politics: Process and Behavior
    PSC 208–Survey of State and Local Government
    PSC 210–American Public Policy
    PSC 211–Comparative Government and Politics
    PSC 227–Introduction to Political Philosophy
    PSC 231–World Politics
    PSC 304–The Legislative Process
    PSC 305–The American Presidency
    PSC 332–The Judicial Process
    PSC 401E–Politics of Nevada
  5. Additional Liberal Arts (12 credits if needed)
    Choose additional Liberal Arts credits from any of the following prefixes: AM, ANTH, ART, AST, BASQ, CHEM, CHIN, CH, COM, DAN, ECON, ENG, ENV, ES, FLL, FREN, GEOG, GEOL, GK, HGPS, HIST, HON, IAFF, ITAL, JPN, LAT, MATH, MUS, PHIL, PHYS, PSC, PSY, RST, RUS, SOC, SPAN, THTR, & WMST (12 credits)
    Note: Your total credits in this section may vary depending upon course choice in University Core Curriculum Requirements and depending on choice of minor.
  • FOREIGN LANGUAGE (0-14 credits)
    1. Must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language equal to a second-semester course level by
      (a) completion of one of the courses shown below, or
      (b) passing a proficiency test at that level.

NOTE: 4 years of High School Foreign Language does not satisfy this requirement.

  • AM 146–American Sign Language II (3 credits)
  • ARA 112–First Year Arabic II
  • BASQ 102–First Year Basque II (3 credits)
  • CHIN 112–First Year Chinese II (3 credits)
  • FREN 112–Elementary French II (3 credits)
  • GER 112–Elementary German II (3 credits)
  • ITAL 112–Elementary Italian II (3 credits)
  • JPN 112–First Year Japanese II (3 credits)
  • SPAN 112–First Year Spanish II (3 credits)

    OUTSIDE FIELD OF STUDY (18 credits minimum).

    All journalism majors are required to complete one of the following:

1.  A minor field of study or

2.  A dual major

  1. MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (36 credits)

1.    Students are admitted to the major when they have completed JOUR 101 , JOUR 107 & JOUR 108 and JOUR 207 & JOUR 208 and have sophomore-level standing.
To be admitted as a major, students must have an overall cumulative GPA at the University of Nevada, Reno of 2.5 or higher and have a journalism GPA of 2.5 in the first five journalism classes, having earned a C or better in each of those five courses. Once admitted as journalism majors, students work with their advisers to create a plan of study that involves a specific career emphasis (see below) or a group of related classes. Students must take at least six credits in 400-level courses, in addition to the core journalism courses listed below, for a total of 12 400-level journalism credits. To graduate as a journalism major, students must complete a minimum of 36 credits in journalism, including the 21 credit in the journalism core. In addition, they must meet the cumulative GPA requirement of 2.5 in journalism and 2.5 overall.

2.    Journalism core–(21 credits)

1.  JOUR 101–Critical Analysis of Mass Media (3 credits)

2.   JOUR 107–Multimedia Reporting I (3 credits)

3.   JOUR 108 –Media Production I (2 credits)

4.   JOUR 207–Multimedia Reporting II (3 credits)

5.   JOUR 208–Media Production II (1 credit)

6.   JOUR 305–Media Ethics (3 credits)

7.   JOUR 401–The First Amendment and Society (3 credits)

8.  JOUR 499–Professional Internship (3 credits)

3.     Journalism electives (15 credits)

1.    Any upper-division journalism course, not in the Journalism core, counts as an elective. Students wishing to achieve entry-level competency in a specific career emphasis may do so by taking one or more of the following groups of courses as part of their 15 elective credits:

4.  News
Take TWO of the following THREE foundation courses:

1   JOUR 318–Narrative Journalism (3 credits)

2.  JOUR 319–Data Journalism (3 credits)

3.  JOUR 320–Social Journalism (3 credits)

Take ONE of the following platform courses

4.  JOUR 303–Media Graphics

5.  JOUR 313–PhotoJournalism

5.  JOUR 323–Radio News and Production (3 credits)

6.  JOUR 354–Game Design for Journalists

7.  JOUR 418–Magazine Writing

7. JOUR 421–Television News and Production I (3 credits)

8. JOUR 423–Television News and Production II (3 credits)

Take at least ONE news studio course.


5.   Strategic Communication

Take the foundation course:

1.    JOUR 351–Public Relations & Advertising Principles for IMC (3 credits)

Take TWO of the following courses: 

2.  JOUR 430–Advertising Media for IMC OR

3.  JOUR 431R–Advanced Advertising for IMC OR

4.  JOUR 432–Advertising Copywriting for IMC OR

5.  JOUR 442–Public Relations Case Studies for IMC (3 credits)

Students who do well in prior Strategic Communication courses may be invited to take ONE of the following courses:

6.  JOUR 443–Public Relations Problems for IMC (3 credits)

7.  JOUR 433R–IMC Competition (6 credits)


6.         Visual Design

Take the foundation course:

1.  JOUR 300—Principles of Visual Communication (3 credits)

Take TWO of the following courses:

2.  JOUR 303—Media Graphics (3 credits)

3.  JOUR 313—PhotoJournalism (3 credits)

4.  JOUR 354—Game Design for Journalists (3 credits)

Take ONE news studio course.



1.  See Outside Field of Study above in Section II, Additional School Requirements


5.         GENERAL ELECTIVES (1-9 credits)

1.   NOTE: Only two of these credits may be in journalism; others should be chosen with your adviser from general university course offerings


TOTAL CREDITS (120 credits)



After completing the pre-journalism core (JOUR 101, JOUR 107 & JOUR 108 and JOUR 207 & JOUR 208) and being accepted into the major, students will work with their advisers to develop a program of study for their upper-division courses.