Here’s what it takes to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno’s Reynolds School of Journalism:

Undergraduate majors

In your freshman and sophomore years, you’ll be a journalism pre-major. You’ll be eligible to take our pre-major core curriculum (see below), and completing this curriculum will make you eligible to be formally admitted as a major to the Reynolds School journalism program.

During these first two years of your university education, you should be working on getting your core curriculum requirements completed.

To be admitted as a major to the program, you need to have sophomore standing with an overall UNR grade point average of 2.5 or higher. You must earn C’s or better in 101, 107, 108 207 and 208. Also, in those first five journalism classes, you must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or better.  Journalism majors must maintain these GPAs to continue taking classes in the program.

Journalism majors who fail to meet the GPA requirement for two successive semesters may be suspended from the major and may not take further journalism courses until their grades rise to the standard. (The academic chair can grant written permission to proceed on a semester-by-semester basis if good progress is shown.)

Best advice: Study hard. Pay attention to deadlines. Hold yourself to high expectations.

Core curriculum

These are the core classes that all students have to take to earn a journalism degree at RSJ. Whether you’d like to pursue a career in advertising, broadcast journalism or newspaper reporting, you’ll have to master the skills taught in these classes first.

Before you become a major, you need to pass Journalism 101, 107, 108, 207 and 208 with a C or better and maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 or better.

JOUR 101 Critical Analysis of Mass Media
A healthy dose of media literacy to get you cruising down the pop culture-strewn highway toward the land of clear thinking.

JOUR 107 Multimedia News Reporting & Writing I
In this class, you’ll learn how to gather, organize and report information. Prepare for a challenge.

JOUR 207 Multimedia News Reporting & Writing II
This class involves advanced multimedia reporting and writing.

JOUR 108 and 208 Media Production I and II.
Learn to use images, video, sound and text to create engaging media products.These courses must be taken concurrently with JOUR 107 and 207.

JOUR 305 Media Ethics
Learn to identify, consider and resolve ethical problems in journalism.

JOUR 401 The First Amendment & Society
Freedom of the Press—an essential component of American democracy that we hope you’ll come to love as much as we do.

JOUR 499 Professional Internship
Put classroom ideas into practice in the professional realm by going to work for a newspaper, TV station, ad agency or public relations firm.

In addition to core journalism classes, you’ll need 15 more credits that focus on your chosen emphasis and other selected electives. Here are suggested emphases in the major:

First, choose 2 of 3 foundational courses (prerequisites are J207/208):

JOUR 318 Narrative Journalism
Learn to tell accurate and compelling stories.

JOUR 319 Data Journalism
Learn how to find the hidden stories in data.

Journalism 320 Social Journalism
Learn how to connect with community networks.

Second, choose at least one platform course (foundation courses are co-requisites for platform courses. Radio is a prerequisite for TVI).

JOUR 303 Media Graphics
Learn to create visual media.

JOUR 313 PhotoJournalism
Learn the art of news photography.

JOUR 323 Radio News
Learn how to write for broadcast and edit audio.

JOUR 354 Game Design for Journalists
Learn to create news games.

JOUR 418 Magazine Writing
Learn to write in-depth feature stories.

JOUR 421 Television News & Production I
Learn to produce broadcast news.

Finally, take at least one news studio course. (foundation courses and one platform course are pre- or co-requisites for news studios.

News studios offer an opportunity to join a team of students and faculty member to produce a news product—a weekly news broadcast, an online publication, a news app, a documentary, a multimedia website or any other innovative idea that students and faculty can develop together.

Strategic Communication
First, take the foundation course, Jour 351, Public Relations and Advertising Principles for IMC, during which you will learn the principles behind public relations efforts in today’s society (prerequisites are J207/208)

Second, choose one of the following courses:

JOUR 430 Advertising Media for IMC
The most wonderful ads in the world won’t work if they aren’t seen or heard by the right people. Discover how to plan and buy media–TV, radio, billboards, online, skywriting and even personal tattoos–to reach the right people.

JOUR 431 Advanced Advertising for IMC
If advertising were war, this would be officers’ training. Develop strategies and learn how to make them happen.

JOUR 432 Advertising Copywriting for IMC
Creating ads is about words, pictures, music and whatever appeals to your audience. You’ll develop a killer portfolio–or die trying. (Figuratively speaking.)

JOUR 442 Public Relations Case Studies for IMC
Learn how corporate communicators have handled specific public relations tasks.

Finally, take one of the following courses:

JOUR 443 Public Relations Problems for IMC
Get hands-on experience developing a public relations strategy for a local non-profit organization.

JOUR 433 IMC Competition
Join advertising, public relations and marketing students to prepare an integrated marketing communication plan for a real national or international client. Battle other top schools in the American Advertising Federation’s National Student Advertising Competition.

Visual Design
First, take the foundation course, Vis Comm 300, Principles of Visual Communication, during which you will learn principles visual design (prerequisites are J207/208)

Second, choose at least two of the following visual courses:

JOUR 303 Media Graphics
Learn to create visual media.

JOUR 313 PhotoJournalism
Learn the art of news photography.

JOUR 354 Game Design for Journalists
Learn to create news games.

Finally, take a news studio or the IMC Competition course (see above for descriptions of these courses)

Journalism Electives 

In addition to the classes in your chosen emphasis, you’ll also need to take additional journalism electives. Other courses routinely taught by our faculty include:

JOUR 317 Travel Journalism
What makes you want to travel? This course will expose you to the best travel writers whose work creates space and place, and you’ll write compelling that makes others want to join you.

JOUR 360 Media and Politics
Explore the intersection of communication, citizenship and political decision-making.

JOUR 413 History of Journalism
Ben Franklin. William Randolph Hearst. Matt Drudge. A look at the roots of the journalistic craft from colonial press days to the Internet era.

JOUR 451 Interactive Media
Study and produce multimedia products for websites.

JOUR 481 Race, Gender & Media
Explore the ways that media create and challenge social constructions of gender and race, with emphasis on women and minorities.

JOUR 490 Special Problems
Pursue a special interest in journalism. Under this course number, RSJ instructors offer a variety of intriguing courses that vary from semester to semester. Stay tuned for details.