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Majors

Journalism

Journalism is a career and a calling. It’s the ideal major for students who are motivated to seek the truth and tell stories that impact people’s lives.

Being a journalist today is about connecting people with the world 24/7 and engaging with audiences on the go. Our program prepares students to be innovative, problem-solving storytellers in today’s media world.

Journalism majors are required to take core courses in media writing, media tools and applications, and media law and ethics. In addition, students are required to take two courses each in the categories of Writing, Creating and Engaging. By combining required courses and electives, students can specialize in a specific medium or design their own unique course of study.

All students must complete a capstone course in which they work in teams to produce multimedia stories and packages for a public audience. All coursework is done in the College’s modern facilities, giving students access to the latest digital technology and hands-on tools.

Career Profile

Journalism is a career and a calling. It’s the ideal major for students who are motivated to seek the truth and tell stories that impact people’s lives.

Being a journalist today is about connecting people with the world 24/7 and engaging with audiences on the go. Our program prepares students to be innovative, problem-solving storytellers in today’s media world.

Job Titles and Employers of Recent Graduates

Sample Course Schedules

Wondering what your typical day might be like? We used students’ real course schedules to create these examples.

Freshman Year

SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish 1 ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric ULIB 101 Introduction to Library Research JRL 101 Media and Society JRL 115 Journalism Orientation

Senior Year

TVJ 487 Advanced TV Reporting and Producing JRL 361 Media Relations In Sport PHIL 100 Problems of Philosophy SEP 271 Sport in American Society SM 426 Liability in Sport

By the Numbers

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English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

In 2010, the Reed College of Media unanimously received full reaccreditation from the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. The College is one of 109 in the nation with such a distinction.

Alumni Profile

Paige Lavender

Paige Lavender joined The Huffington Post when she graduated in 2011 and now serves as the senior politics editor, coordinating coverage of elections, Congress, the President and political news around the nation. While she was a student, Paige participated in the “West Virginia Uncovered” project and regularly advises students enrolled in the class.

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