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The UA program balances journalism theory and practice with emphasis on the humanities, arts and sciences. Every class is taught by a former or currently practicing journalist. The department offers undergraduate instruction in reporting, editing, photojournalism, design, internet research and publishing, ethics and media law. Students produce two community newspapers, the Tombstone (Ariz.) Epitaph and the bilingual El Independiente for South Tucson, Ariz., and a television news magazine, The Cat's Eye. Numerous scholarships and awards are available to students, as are many internships in Tucson and across the country. The department has an excellent success record in placing graduates with the Associated Press, Gannett, Knight-Ridder and Pulitzer publishers and other media organizations.

Major Details

College: College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Admissions Requirements:

This major has additional admission criteria. Please see the School of Journalism requirement page for more information.

Website: http://journalism.arizona.edu/
Math Required:

General

    This strand involves the general understanding and appreciation of how mathematics is used to solve problems in everyday life. The G-strand does not prepare a student for any further work grounded in mathematics and assumes the student will not proceed beyond the basic Foundations level noted above. Thus only those students whose major requires the most general knowledge of mathematics should take this strand.
General
Second Language Required:

4 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion of a two-course sequence beyond the second semester of post-secondary language instruction.
  • Completion with a C or higher of a 300- or 400-level language course at the post-secondary level.
  • Completion of one course beyond the third semester in combination with an AP (Advanced Placement) score, IB (International Baccalaureate) score or a CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) score determined by the individual language department.
  • An AP, IB, or CLEP language score determined by individual language departments.
  • A minimum of one semester study abroad in a language program approved by the appropriate language department as the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level.
4 Semesters
Fees: Yes
Pre-Major: Yes
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
ENGL 101 First Year Composition 3
JOUR 105 Principles of Journalism OR MATH 109C Applied College Algebra with Data Analysis (preferred) or MATH 105 Math in Modern Society or MATH 112 College Algebra Concepts and Application 3
First Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
ENGL 102 First Year Composition 3
JOUR 105 Principles of Journalism OR MATH 109C Applied College Algebra with Data Analysis (preferred) or MATH 105 Math in Modern Society or MATH 112 College Algebra Concepts and Application 3
Second Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
JOUR 205 Reporting the News 3
JOUR 203 Photojournalism 3
Third Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
JOUR 208 Law and the Press 3
4th Semester
JOUR 306 Advanced Reporting 3
JOUR 307 Principles of Multimedia 3
Fourth Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
Minor 3
5th Semester
JOUR 439 Ethics and the News Media 3
JOUR 320A Editing 3
Minor 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
6th Semester
JOUR 413 Reporting Public Affairs 3
Minor 3
Tier II General Education 3
Journalism Elective 3
Elective 3
7th Semester
Journalism Advanced Skills: JOUR 385, 411, 472 3
Minor 3
Minor 3
Journalism Elective 3
Elective 3
Optional Internship 1
8th Semester
JOUR 490A Tombstone Epitaph, JOUR 490B El Independiente, JOUR 490C Arizona Cats Eye, or JOUR 490F Arizona-Sonora News Service 3
Elective 3
Minor 3
Elective 3
Internship 1

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit aztransfer.com

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

A major in Journalism provides knowledge of journalism theory and practice, as well as a solid groundwork in the humanities, arts, and sciences. Students learn from former or currently practicing journalists about reporting, editing, photojournalism, design, internet research and publishing, ethics and media law. This major prepares graduates to work in print, online, or broadcast journalism; editing; advocacy; and research.

Potential Career Areas

  • Print journalism
  • Broadcast journalism
  • Writing
  • Editing
  • Analysis
  • Aggregating
  • Publishing
  • Communications

Sample Employers

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Websites
  • Broadcast companies
  • Documentary projects
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Research institutes
  • Public relations firms

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Copy Editor $24,590 - $41,460
Radio/TV Program Writer $40,500 - $56,500
Political Reporter $17,900 - $48,450
Advertising Copywriter $41,000 - $55,500
New Media Director $46,000 - $120,000
Online Journalist $20,180 - $33,430
Broadcast News Analyst $27,600 - $54,100
General Assignment Reporter $20,000 - $34,500
Magazine Editor $28,090 - $49,990
Foreign Correspondent $20,180 - $34,850
Public Information Officer $30,000 - $60,000
Editorial and Research Assistant $20,000 - $30,400
Critic (book or movie) $40,500 - $57,500
City Editor $35,000 - $80,000
Communications Director $30,000 - $60,000