College of Arts & Science & University Studies
What Can I Do With a Major in Journalism?
Journalism involves both the study of the ways news organizations chronicle the events of the day and the practice of preparing news stories for a wide array of media platforms. Students who major in journalism at Miami take courses that provide both a conceptual framework for evaluating the quality of news coverage and a practical, hands-on understanding of what it takes to create that coverage for news organizations. Required cover the history of journalism, media criticism, media law and ethics, information-gathering, writing for a variety of media, and hands-on experience in print, audio, video and online media. Electives such as international reporting, media law and literary journalism, offer students opportunities to delve more deeply into areas that hold the most interest for them.
Those who major in journalism generally have a strong interest in news and its important role in our democratic society. Most also enjoy writing or working with audio, video, photography and/or web pages to share information in compelling ways that enhance our understanding of the world around us.
Writing for different media
Sizing up situations
Working with a variety of technology formats
- Working as part of a team
Working under deadline
- Observing people/data/things
Attending to accuracy and accountability
Analyzing and synthesizing information from multiple, sometimes contradictory sources
Evaluating ideas and structures
Ability to reserve judgment while seeking truth
- Generating story ideas
Adapting to needs of diverse publics
- News Organizations
Television news producer
Television news director
Educational television producer
Student newspaper adviser
Public information officer
- Human Relations
- Community affairs administrator
Public relations representative
- Research analyst
Customer service representative
Employee relations staff
Note: Some of the listed career options may require additional education and/or training beyond the bachelor's degree.
Opportunities - Graduate/Professional School
Students who major in journalism may go on to do graduate study or professional schooling in law, communication, education or other related fields.
Opportunities - Experiential
Most journalism majors work for student media organizations and complete internships at professional media organizations both during the school year and during summer breaks.
- Journalism Program (260 Bachelor Hall, 529-9303)
- * Curriculum Requirements
* Career Opportunities
- Career Services (200 Hoyt Hall, 529-3831)
- * Career Resource Center
* Career Counseling
* Career Assistance Center
* Computerized Career Development Program
* Dictionary of Occupational Titles
* Occupational Outlook Handbook
- Arts and Science Academic Advising (146 Upham Hall, 529-3031)
- * Miami Plan & College of Arts and Science Requirements
- * Course Selection
* Career Decision Making
Developed by the College of Arts and Science Advising Office and the academic departmental offices with adaptations from Liberal Arts and Sciences - Skills - Career Opportunities, Career Planning and Placement Office, University of Michigan.