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

The 120 credits are divided into four separate types of courses:

(1) University core curriculum, required of all students who graduate from Nevada (33 credits)
(2) Additional liberal arts courses required by the School of Journalism (23 credits)
(3) Journalism courses (36 credits)
(4) A minor field of study (18 to 21 credits)
(5) Additional electives to reach 120 credits (approximately 10 credits)

Of the 120 credits required for graduation, at least 84 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 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. Freshmen and sophomores are classified as pre-journalism majors.

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 107JOUR 108JOUR 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 the 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 credits)
      1. Math 120
    3. Natural Sciences (6-8 credits)
      1. Refer to the “Natural Sciences” section of the core curriculum. You need one course from group A and one from group B.
    4. Social Sciences (3 credits)
      1. JOUR 120 is recommended, but these other courses will satisfy the requirement as well.: 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.
    6. Core Humanities (9 credits)
      1. CH 201–Ancient and Medieval Cultures  
      2. CH 202–The Modern World  
      3. CH 203–American Experience and Constitutional Change  
    7. Capstone Courses (6 credits)
      1. Journalism students may not use any required journalism course to satisfy this requirement. At least one of the two capstone courses must be outside journalism.  
    8. Diversity (3 credits)
      1. You need to take one course that is classified as a diversity credit. Many courses satisfy this requirement, including some that will simultaneously satisfy a literature, foreign language or other liberal art requirement. 
  2. ADDITIONAL SCHOOL REQUIREMENTS  In addition to the university core, the School of Journalism requires an additional 23 credits of liberal arts. Credits may only be applied to one requirement at a time, except for some courses used to fulfill the Diversity requirement (for example, a literature course may not also count as a capstone course; however, some literature or capstone courses could count as a diversity credit). Courses that satisfy the capstone or diversity designation are marked in the course schedule every semester. 

    The following courses are required as part of the additional school requirements:

    One economics course (3 credits)

    ECON 100–Introduction to Economics (3 credits) OR

    ECON 102–Principles of Microeconomics (3 credits)

    One literature course (3 credits)

  3. 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.
  4. Two foreign language courses equal to a second-semester language course (8 credits)

Students 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)
4.  Select two of the following (in addition to any courses taken to satisfy the above requirements) (6 credits)
ECON 102–Introduction to Microeconomics   
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

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
Or a third semester foreign language can be used to satisfy part of this requirement. (3 credits)
Additional Liberal Arts (12 credits if needed)
If you test out of a foreign language or have a minor in a program outside of liberal arts, or come to the university with AP credits, you may need to choose additional Liberal Arts courses to insure you have a total of 65 liberal arts credits by the time you graduate. If you need to add additional liberal arts credits, they can be from any of the following programs: 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

  1. 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 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 four 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)

JOUR 107–Multimedia Reporting I (3 credits)

JOUR 108 –Media Production I (3 credits)

JOUR 207–Multimedia Reporting II (3 credits)

JOUR 208–Media Production II (3 credit)

 JOUR 305–Media Ethics (3 credits)

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

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.

JOUR 460 – News Studio


5.   Strategic Communication

Take the foundation course:

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

Take TWO of the following courses: 

1.  JOUR 361 - Writing for Strategic Communications

2.  JOUR 430–Advertising Media for IMC  

 3.  JOUR 431R–Advanced Advertising for IMC  

 4.  JOUR 432–Advertising Copywriting for IMC  

 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 (3 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
JOUR 460 - News Studio, or with permission, JOUR 433R
–IMC Competition (3 credits)



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 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.