Journalism (BA)

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Program Description

At NYU, we believe that journalism has a critical public mission and can make a difference in a free and democratic society. Opportunities abound in the media world, but the opportunity to do compelling work that informs, engages, and matters is what drives our faculty, motivates our students, and shapes our basic approach.

Our coursework focuses on the basic skills of reporting, research, writing, and multimedia storytelling. Simultaneously students tackle ethics, learn journalism history, and consider what journalism can and should accomplish when informing the public. New York City is our laboratory, and students move seamlessly from the classroom into the city on assignments that take them all over town.

Given our place within the Arts and Science core of a leading university, the institute sees journalism as an essential strand in the liberal arts tradition. But we also recognize that news is a business. When our graduates enter that business, they are prepared to improve and enliven it. And even if they do not pursue careers in journalism, the training our students receive—the ability to read closely, engage in deep research, think critically, and write effectively—are essential for success in any career.

Honors Program

Juniors and seniors who have maintained a 3.65 overall GPA and a 3.65 GPA in the journalism major are eligible for the two-course, 8-credit honors program. Students take a special honors section of JOUR-UA 351 Honors: Adv Reporting followed by JOUR-UA 352 Honors Senior Seminar to complete a two-semester capstone project. Students enrolled in honors may take a maximum of 40 credits in journalism.


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