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Bachelor of Journalism Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Journalism degree offers students a modern blend of fundamental basics, such as writing and reporting, along with an innovative curriculum in the ever-changing world of new media. 

Journalism Degree Catalogs

The Bachelor of Journalism degree comprises 120 credit hours. 

Core Curriculum 
A specific combination of coursework in English, Government, American History, Math, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Fine Arts.  

Major requirements 

  • Students must complete 42 hours in journalism, but no more than 45 journalism hours may be counted toward the degree.
  • Students must complete at least 72 hours outside journalism.
  • J 302F, J 304F, J 310F, and J 311F must be taken in residence at UT Austin.
  • J 310F and J 311F require a grade of at least a B-.
  • A student majoring in journalism may not register for more than 9 hours in journalism in one semester or summer session.

Moody College of Communication requirements 

  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • 6 hours of Communication Foundations: COM 301E and COM 302E, taken in fall semester of first and second years of enrollment. 

Please see adjacent Course List for the degree requirements.

The Bachelor of Journalism degree comprises 120 credit hours. 

Core Curriculum 
A specific combination of coursework in English, Government, American History, Math, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Fine Arts.  

Major requirements 

  • A minimum of 40 and a maximum of 45 hours of major-specific coursework in the School of Journalism and Media must be taken.
  • J 302F, J 310F, and J 311F must be taken in residence at UT Austin.
  • J 310F and J 311F require a grade of at least a B-.

Moody College of Communication requirements 

  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • 6 hours of Communication Foundations: COM 301E and COM 302E, taken in fall semester of first and second years of enrollment. 

Please see adjacent Course List for the degree requirements.

The Bachelor of Journalism degree comprises 120 credit hours.

Core Curriculum
A specific combination of coursework in English, Government, American History, Math, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Fine Arts. 

Major requirements

  • 36 hours of major-specific coursework in the School of Journalism and Media must be taken.
  • J 302F, J 310F, and J 311F must be taken in residence at UT Austin.
  • J 310F and J 311F require a grade of at least a B-.

Moody College of Communication requirements

Please see adjacent Course List for the degree requirements.

Journalism Courses

Level I Foundations

 

Required

J 301F   Fundamental Issues in Journalism

J 302F   Digital Storytelling Basics

J 304F   The Journalist Voice

 

Level II Applications

 

Required

J 310F   Reporting: Words

J 311F   Reporting: Images

 

Level III Specialized Skills and Concepts

 

Nine hours in Skills courses, chosen from:

J 320F   Covering Law Enforcement and Courts

J 320G  Internship Practices

J 321F   Reporting on City and County Government

J 322E   Reporting on Elections

J 322F   Navigating State Government

J 322J   Reporting Social Justice

J 322P  Reporting Public Issues

J 323F   Education Reporting

J 324C  Reporting Consumer News

J 324F   Business and Financial Reporting

J 325C  Reporting Health Care

J 325F   Covering Politics

J 325S   Solutions Journalism

J 326C  Introduction to Coding for Journalists

J 326F   Reporting Sports

J 327D  Reporting with Data

J 328D  Advanced Reporting with Data

J 328L   Reporting Latino/a Communities

J 328S   Reporting en Espanol

J 329T   Topics in Public Affairs Reporting

J 330C  Television Reporting

J 330G  Creative Nonfiction for Magazines and Books

J 330J   Advanced Photo Editing and Design

J 330L   Community Life: Documented

J 330P  Editing Techniques

J 331D  Intermediate Photographic Communication

J 331G  Audio Storytelling

J 331J Studio Photography 

J 331M Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship

J 331N  Digital Production and Analytics

J 331W Web Editing and Production

J 332D  Web Production and Editing

J 332G  Explanatory Journalism: Storytelling in a Digital Age

J 332I The Interview Process

J 332J   Sports for Reporting Texas

J 332P  Images in Culture

J 333G  Advanced Visual Journalism: Photo

J 333J   Photography for Reporting Texas

J 333S   Video Production for News and Sports

J 334F   Oral History as Journalism

J 334G  Advanced Visual Journalism: Video

J 334J   Web Publishing for Journalism

J 334K Interviewing for Historical Context 

J 334N  Oral History in Multimedia Storytelling

J 334P  Podcast Production

J 334S   Place and Audio Storytelling

J 335    Narrative Journalism

J 335D  Making Magazines

J 335F   Magazine Writing and Production

J 335G  Advanced Television Reporting and Producing

J 335J   Mobile Programming for Journalists

J 335K  News Documentary Production

J 335N  News Application Development

J 335P  TV Reporting and Producing

J 336D  Graphic Design for Print and Online

J 336F   Social Media Journalism

J 336J   Lifestyle Journalism

J 336M Music Journalism

J 337C  Culture Reporting and Criticism

J 337D  Advanced Graphic Design for Pring and Online

J 337F   Long-Form Feature Writing

J 337G  Opinion Writing

J 337J   Writing for Online News Audiences

J 337L   Food Journalism

J 337M Feature Writing

J 337P  Writing and Producing for Online Publications

J 338F   Advanced Visual Design

J 339F   Investigative Reporting

J 339M Mobile Media Apps Development

J 339T   Topics in Specialized Journalistic Skills

J 340J   Documentary Tradition of Latin America

J 346F   Reporting on the Environment

 

J 350F Media Law (required)

 

Three hours in Concepts courses, chosen from:

J 330M True Crime Podcasts

J 338J   News for a Mobile Audience

J 340F   Covering the Global Economy

J 340G  Reporting Asia: A Foreign Correspondent's Framework

J 341F   Understanding African Americans and the Media

J 341G  Reporting China: A Foreign Correspondent's Workshop

J 341J   Minorities and the Media

J 341M Representation in the News Media

J 342F   Women and the News

J 342G  Reporting the World: A Critical Examination of the United States Media

J 342J   Visual Media and the News

J 343F   Journalism and Religion

J 343G  Exploring Digital Media and Society

J 344F   Reporting on Gender and Sexuality

J 344G  Urban Journalism

J 345G  Human Rights Journalism

J 346G  Domestic Issues and Global Perspective

J 347F   Reporting Latin America

J 347G  Cultural Survey of Photography

J 348D  Gender and the News

J 348E   Ethics of Sports Media

J 348F   Covering the Latino Community in the United States

J 348G  The Business of Sports Media

J 348J   Covering Criminal Justice

J 348M Diversity in News Organizations

J 348N  Leadership in News Organizations

J 349E   Elections, Voters, and News

J 349F   Reporting Public Health and Science

J 349L   News Literacy for a Digital Age

J 349N  News Media and Politics

J 349T   Topics in Understanding and Reporting Social Issues

J 350M Media Policy and Ethics

J 350N  Ethnic Media

J 351C  Contemporary Media Systems

J 351F   Journalism, Society, and the Citizen Journalist

J 351G  Introduction to Global Media

J 351J   Technology and the Internet in Journalism

J 351P  Social Media, Propaganda, and Elections

J 351S   Globalization and Social Media

J 351T   Technology and Culture

J 352F   Ethics in Journalism

J 353F   Historical Perspectives in Journalism

J 354F   Journalism and Press Freedom in Latin America

J 354L   Mapping Latino Culture in East Austin

J 354M Journalism and Press Freedom in the Middle East and North Africa

J 354N  Nonprofit Journalism

J 354R  International Broadcasting

J 354S   Contemporary Issues in Sports Journalism

J 355F   Living in the Information Age

J 355G  The Information Society

J 355M Media Industries and Entrepreneurship

J 355P  The Business of News

J 356C  Digital Mainland China and Taiwan

J 356G  Social Media: Growth, Uses, and Impacts

J 356M Social Media and Society

J 356R  Race and Digital Media Cultures

J 358N  Online Incivility

J 358P  Popular Culture and the Press

J 358S   Communicating Social Change

J 359    Mass Media and Minorities

J 359M Topics in Journalism and Media Studies

J 359S   Topics in Current Journalistic Issues

J 359T   Topics in Journalism, Skills, and Techniques

 

Three additional hours in Skills or Concepts

 

Level IV Professional Practices

 

Six hours chosen from:

J 360F   Internship

J 361F   Reporting Texas

J 362F   Journalism Portfolio

J 363C  Broadcast Capstone

J 363D  Digital Innovations Capstone

J 363F   Capstone Projects in Journalism

J 363K  News Documentaries

J 363L   Journalism Research Capstone

J 363M Capstone in Application Development

J 363N  Newsroom Capstone

J 363P  Television Newsmagazine

J 363Q  Capstone in Podcasting

J 363S   Sports Media Capstone

J 363V  Visual Capstone

J 363W Reporting Capstone

 

Three additional hours of journalism coursework

Level I Foundations

 

Required

J 301F   Fundamental Issues in Journalism

J 302F   Digital Storytelling Basics

 

Level II Applications

 

Required

J 310F   Reporting: Words

J 311F   Reporting: Images

 

Level III Specialized Skills and Concepts

 

Nine hours in Skills courses, chosen from:

J 320F   Covering Law Enforcement and Courts

J 321F   Reporting on City and County Government

J 322E   Reporting on Elections

J 322F   Navigating State Government

J 322J   Reporting Social Justice

J 322P  Reporting Public Issues

J 323F   Education Reporting

J 324F   Business and Financial Reporting

J 325C  Reporting Health Care

J 325F   Covering Politics

J 325J   Community Journalism

J 325S   Solutions Journalism

J 326C  Intro to Coding for Journalists

J 326F   Reporting Sports

J 327D  Reporting with Data

J 328D  Advanced Reporting with Data

J 328L   Reporting Latino/a Communities

J 328S   Reporting en Espanol

J 330C  Television Reporting

J 330G  Creative Nonfiction for Magazines and Books

J 330J   Advanced Photo Editing and Design

J 330L   Community Life: Documented

J 330P  Editing Techniques

J 331    Web Publishing 

J 331D  Intermediate Photographic Communication

J 331G  Audio Storytelling

J 331J Studio Photography 

J 331M Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship

J 331N  Digital Production and Analytics

J 331W Web Editing and Production

J 332D  Web Production and Editing

J 332F   News Editing for Online and Print

J 332G  Explanatory Journalism: Storytelling in a Digital Age

J 332I The Interview Process

J 332J   Sports for Reporting Texas

J 332P  Images in Culture

J 333G  Advanced Visual Journalism: Photo

J 333J   Photography for Reporting Texas

J 333L   Video Production for Live Events

J 333S   Video Production for News and Sports

J 334F   Oral History as Journalism

J 334G  Advanced Visual Journalism: Video

J 334J   Web Publishing for Journalism

J 334K Interviewing for Historical Context 

J 334N  Oral History in Multimedia Story

J 334P  Podcast Production

J 334S   Place and Audio Storytelling

J 335    Narrative Journalism

J 335D  Making Magazines

J 335F   Magazing Writing and Production

J 335G  Advanced Television Reporting and Producing

J 335J   Mobile Programming for Journalists

J 335N  News Application Development

J 335P  TV Reporting and Producing

J 336D  Graphic Design for Print and Online

J 336F   Social Media Journalism

J 336J   Lifestyle Journalism

J 336M Music Journalism

J 337C  Culture Reporting and Criticism

J 337D  Advanced Graphic Design for Pring and Online

J 337F   Long-Form Feature Writing

J 337G  Opinion Writing

J 337J   Writing for Online News Audiences

J 337L   Food Journalism

J 337M Feature Writing

J 337P  Writing and Producing for Online Publications

J 338F   Advanced Visual Design

J 338G  Data Visualization

J 339F   Investigative Reporting

J 339G  Mobile News Application Design

J 339M Mobile Media Apps Development

J 339T   Documentaries for Sports

J 339T   Intro to Coding for Journalists

J 339T   Photography for Story and Social Justice

J 339T.1            Mapping in Storytelling

J 339T.3            Producing Documentaries for Sports Journalism

J 339T.4            Tracking Online Audience Engagement

J 340J   Documentary Tradition of Latin America

J 341G  Reporting China: A Foreign Correspondent's Workshop

J 346F   Reporting on the Environment

J 349F   Reporting Public Health and Science

J 349T   Social Media Journalism

J 352.11            Multimedia Publishing

J 359T   Photography for Reporting Texas

 

J 350F Media Law (required)

 

Three hours in Concepts courses, chosen from:

J 330M True Crime Podcasts

J 338J   News for a Mobile Audience

J 340F   Covering the Global Economy

J 340G  Reporting Asia: A Foreign Correspondent's Framework

J 341F   Understanding African Americans and the Media

J 341G  Reporting China: A Foreign Correspondent's Workshop

J 341J   Minorities and the Media

J 341M Representation in News Media

J 342F   Women and the News

J 342G  Reporting the World: A Critical Examination of the United States Media

J 342J   Visual Media and the News

J 343F   Journalism and Religion

J 343G  Exploring Digital Media and Society

J 344F   Reporting on Gender and Sexuality

J 344G  Urban Journalism

J 345G  Human Rights Journalism

J 346G  Domestic Issues and Global Perspective

J 347F   Reporting Latin America

J 347G  Cultural Survey of Photography

J 348D  Gender and the News

J 348E   Ethics of Sports Media

J 348F   Covering the Latino Community in the United States

J 348G  The Business of Sports Media

J 348J   Covering Criminal Justice

J 348M Diversity in News Organizations

J 348N  Leadership in News Organizations

J 349E   Elections, Voters, and News

J 349F   Reporting Public Health and Science

J 349L   News Literacy and the Digital Age

J 349N  News Media and Politics

J 349T   Topics in Understanding and Reporting Social Issues

J 350M Media Policy and Ethics

J 350N  Ethnic Media

J 351C  Contemporary Media Systems

J 351F   Journalism, Society, and the Citizen Journalist

J 351G  Introduction to Global Media

J 351J   Technology and the Internet in Journalism

J 351P  Social Media, Propaganda, and Elections

J 351S   Globalization and Social Media

J 351T   Technology and Culture

J 352F   Ethics in Journalism

J 353F   Historical Perspectives in Journalism

J 354F   Journalism and Press Freedom in Latin America

J 354L   Mapping Latino Culture in East Austin

J 354M Journalism and Press Freedom in the Middle East and North Africa

J 354N  Nonprofit Journalism

J 354R  International Broadcasting

J 354S   Contemporary Issues in Sports Journalism

J 355F   Living in the Information Age

J 355G  The Information Society

J 355M Media Industries and Entrepreneurship

J 355P  Business of News

J 356G  Social Media: Growth, Uses, and Impacts

J 356M Social Media and Society

J 356R  Race and Digital Media Cultures

J 358N  Online Incivility

J 358P  Popular Culture and the Press

J 359    Mass Media and Minorities

J 359M Topics in Journalism and Media Studies

J 359S   Topics in Current Journalistic Issues

J 359T   Topics in Journalism, Skills, and Techniques

 

Three additional hours in Skills or Concepts

 

Level IV Professional Practices

 

Six hours chosen from:

J 333J   Photography for Reporting Texas

J 335G  Advanced Television Reporting and Producing

J 360F   Internship

J 160G  Journalism Practicum

J 361F   Reporting Texas

J 362F   Journalism Portfolio

J 363D  Digital Innovations Capstone

J 363F   Capstone Projects in Journalism

J 363K  News Documentaries

J 363L   Journalism Research Capstone

J 363M Capstone in Application Development

J 363N  Newsroom Capstone

J 363P  Television Newsmagazine

J 363Q  Capstone in Podcasting

J 363S   Sports Media Capstone

J 363V  Visual Capstone

J 363W Reporting Capstone

 

Four additional hours of journalism coursework

Level I Foundations

 

Required

J 301F   Fundamental Issues in Journalism

J 302F   Digital Storytelling Basics

 

Level II Applications

 

Required

J 310F   Reporting: Words

J 311F   Reporting: Images

 

Level III Specialized Skills and Concepts

 

Nine hours in Skills courses, chosen from:

J 318P  Podcasting

J 320F   Covering Law Enforcement and Courts

J 321F   Reporting on City and County Government

J 322E   Reporting on Elections

J 322F   Navigating State Government

J 322J   Reporting Social Justice

J 322P  Reporting Public Issues

J 323F   Education Reporting

J 324F   Business and Financial Reporting

J 325C  Reporting Health Care

J 325F   Covering Politics

J 325J   Community Journalism

J 325S   Solutions Journalism

J 326F   Reporting Sports

J 327D  Reporting with Data

J 328D  Advanced Reporting with Data

J 328L   Reporting Latino/a Communities

J 328S   Reporting en Espanol

J 330C  Television Reporting

J 330G  Creative Nonfiction for Magazines and Books

J 330J   Advanced Photo Editing and Design

J 330L   Community Life: Documented

J 330P  Editing Techniques

J 331    Web Publishing 

J 331D  Intermediate Photographic Communication

J 331G  Audio Storytelling

J 331J Studio Photography 

J 331M Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship

J 331N  Digital Production and Analytics

J 331W Web Editing and Production

J 332D  Web Production and Editing

J 332F   News Editing for Online and Print

J 332G  Explanatory Journalism: Storytelling in a Digital Age

J 332I The Interview Process

J 332J   Sports for Reporting Texas

J 332P  Images in Culture

J 333G  Advanced Visual Journalism: Photo

J 333J   Photography for Reporting Texas

J 333L   Video Production of Live Events

J 333S   Video Production for News and Sports

J 334F   Oral History as Journalism

J 334G  Advanced Visual Journalism: Video

J 334J   Web Publishing for Journalism

J 334K Interviewing for Historical Context 

J 334P  Podcast Production

J 334N  Oral History as Multimedia Story

J 334S   Place and Audio Storytelling

J 335    Narrative Journalism

J 335D  Making Magazines

J 335F   Magazing Writing and Production

J 335G  Advanced Television Reporting and Producing

J 335J   Mobile Programming for Journalists

J 335N  News Application Development

J 335P  TV Reporting and Producing

J 336D  Graphic Design for Print and Online

J 336F   Social Media Journalism

J 336J   Lifestyle Journalism

J 336M Music Journalism

J 337C  Culture Reporting and Criticism

J 337D  Advanced Graphics Design in Print and Online

J 337F   Long-Form Feature Writing

J 337G  Opinion Writing

J 337J   Writing for Online News Audiences

J 337L   Food Journalism

J 337M Feature Writing

J 337P  Writing and Producing for Online Publications

J 338F   Advanced Visual Design

J 338G  Data Visualization

J 339F   Investigative Reporting

J 339G  Mobile News Application Design

J 339M Mobile Media Apps Development

J 339T   Documentaries for Sport

J 339T   Introduction to Coding for Journalists

J 339T   Photographing the Story and Social Justice

J 339T.1            Mapping in Storytelling

J 339T.2            Music into Words

J 339T.3            Producing Documentaries for Sports Journalism

J 339T.4            Tracking Online Audience Engagement

J 340J   Documentary Tradition of Latin America

J 341G  Reporting China: A Foreign Correspondent's Workshop

J 346F   Reporting on the Environment

J 349F   Reporting Public Health and Science

J 349T   Social Media Journalism

J 352.11            Multimedia Publishing

 

J 350F Media Law (required)

 

Three hours in Concepts courses, chosen from:

J 330M True Crime Podcasts

J 338J   News for a Mobile Audience

J 340F   Covering the Global Economy

J 340G  Reporting Asia: A Foreign Correspondent's Framework

J 341F   Understanding African Americans and the Media

J 341G  Reporting China: A Foreign Correspondent's Workshop

J 341J   Minorities and the Media

J 341M Representation in News Media

J 342F   Women and the News

J 342G  Reporting the World: A Critical Examination of the United States Media

J 342J   Visual Media and the News

J 343F   Journalism and Religion

J 343G  Exploring Digital Media and Society

J 344F   Reporting on Gender and Sexuality

J 344G  Urban Journalism

J 345G  Human Rights Journalism

J 346G  Domestic Issues and Global Perspective

J 347F   Reporting Latin America

J 347G  Cultural Survey of Photography

J 348D  Gender and the News

J 348E   Ethics of Sports Media

J 348F   Covering the Latino Community in the United States

J 348G  The Business of Sports Media

J 348J   Covering Criminal Justice

J 348M Diversity in News Organizations

J 348N  Leadership in News Organizations

J 349E   Elections, Voters, and the News

J 349F   Reporting Public Health and Science

J 349L   News Literacy and the Digital Age

J 349N  News Media and Politics

J 349T   Topics in Understanding and Reporting Social Issues

J 350M Media Policy and Ethics

J 350N  Ethnic Media

J 351C  Contemporary Media Systems

J 351F   Journalism, Society, and the Citizen Journalist

J 351G  Introduction to Global Media

J 351J   Technology and the Internet in Journalism

J 351P  Social Media, Propaganda, and Elections

J 351S   Globalization and Social Media

J 351T   Technology and Culture

J 352F   Ethics in Journalism

J 353F   Historical Perspectives in Journalism

J 354F   Journalism and Press Freedom in Latin America

J 354L   Mapping Latino Culture in East Austin

J 354M Journalism and Press Freedon in Middle East and North Africa

J 354N  Nonprofit Journalism

J 354R  International Broadcasting

J 354S   Contemporary Issues in Sports Journalism

J 355F   Living in the Information Age

J 355G  The Information Society

J 355M Media Industries and Entrepreneurs

J 355P  Business of News

J 356G  Social Media Growth, Uses, and Impacts

J 356M Social Media and Society

J 356R  Race and Digital Media Cultures

J 358N  Online Incivility

J 358P  Popular Culture and the Press

J 359    Mass Media and Minorities

J 359M Topics in Journalism and Media Studies

J 359S   Topics in Current Journalistic Issues

 

Three additional hours in Skills or Concepts

 

Level IV Professional Practices

 

Six hours chosen from:

J 335G  Advanced Television Reporting and Producing

J 333J   Photography for Reporting Texas

J 360F   Internship

J 160G  Journalism Practicum

J 361F   Reporting Texas

J 362F   Journalism Portfolio

J 363D  Digital Innovations Capstone

J 363F   Capstone Projects in Journalism

J 363K  News Documentaries

J 363M Capstone in Application Development

J 363N  Newsroom Capstone

J 363P  TV Newsmagazine

J 363Q  Capstone in Podcasting

J 363S   Sports Media Capstone

J 363V  Visual Capstone

J 363W Reporting Capstone

Enrollment

  • Journalism majors may not take more than 9 hours of Journalism coursework per semester
  • Journalism students may not count more than 60 hours of Communication coursework toward the degree
  • Journalism students may not count more than 36 hours of Journalism coursework toward the degree

Flags

Students should choose courses in the core curriculum and in the major requirements that also fulfill their major department's Flag requirements. The Flags required for Moody College students are:

Electives

  • Bring a student's total hours to 120
  • Electives frequently taken by Communication students
  • Students can also fill elective hours by declaring a minor. Students may declare only one minor or certificate to supplement their Moody major(s) and must declare their minor/certificate intentions before they have completed 65% of their degree requirements.

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