Current Student Degree Requirements (for Students Who Matriculated Fall 2012)

Note: Students who matriculated at any university between Sept. 2011 and Aug. 2012 should see these former undergraduate degree requirements.

Note: Students who matriculated at any university between Sept. 2008 and Aug. 2011 should see these former undergraduate degree requirements.

For General Education requirements, consult the current Undergraduate Catalog. Transfer students, please see the General Education Transfer Policy

Students are required to earn a minimum of 122 credits. Accredited journalism programs require majors to complete successfully approximately two-thirds of their coursework in areas other than journalism and communication. The Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland adheres to this nationwide policy In practical terms, this means that of the 122 minimum credits required for graduation, a journalism student must take 42 credits in journalism (numbered 100 or above. Of the remaining 80 credits, a minimum of 65 must be earned in liberal-arts designated courses).

The Philip Merrill College of Journalism stipulates that 57 of the total credits must be taken in upper-level courses (courses numbered 300-499).

Required courses for all journalism majors regardless of whether journalism is a student's primary or secondary major:

I. Journalism requirements outside the College

Students must complete the following liberal arts coursework complementing the University's general education requirements. For the University's general education requirements, consult the General Education program in the current Undergraduate Catalog. 

  • Abstract thinking skills requirement (nine credits)
    1. One three-credit statistics course from the following list:
      BIOM 301, BMGT 230, CCJS 200, ECON 321, EDMS 451, GEOG 306, HLTH 300, PSYC 200, SOCY 201, STAT 400 or a more advanced statistics course.
    2. A minimum of six credits through one or a combination of the following options. Should a student choose to combine the options, at least one language course must be at the intermediate level:
      • Language: up to two courses with at least one course at the intermediate level and no more than one course at the introductory level. (High school equivalency does not satisfy this requirement.)
      • Math/Statistics/Computer Science: up to two courses
        • Any mathematics (MATH) course numbered 111 or higher.
        • Any computer science (CMSC) course.
  • Public Speaking: one course from COMM 100, 107, 200, or 230.
  • History: one course from HIST 200 or 201
  • Behavioral or Social Science: one course from ANTH 260; PSYC 100 or 221; SOCY 100, or 105.
  • Economics: one course from ECON 200 or 201.
  • Government and Politics: GVPT 170
  • Supporting Area: Four upper-level (numbered 300 or higher) courses for a minimum of 12 credits in a supporting field (cannot be in Communication).

II. Journalism course requirements

  • JOUR 200: History, Roles and Structures (three credits)
  • JOUR 201: News Writing and Reporting (three credits)
  • JOUR 203: Multimedia Reporting (three credits)
  • JOUR 300: Ethics (three credits)
  • JOUR 352: Intermediate Multimedia Journalism (three credits)
  • JOUR 396: Supervised Internship (two credits)
  • JOUR 400: Law of Mass Communication (three credits)
  • JOUR 410-469: Journalism and Society (three credits)
  • JOUR 470-479: Media Research (three credits)
  • Journalism Capstone Experience (three credits)
  • Journalism Capstone Colloquium: Business of Journalism (one credit)
  • SPECIALIZATIONS (12 credits)
      • JOUR202: News Editing (three credits)
      • JOUR320: News Writing and Reporting II (three credits)
      • JOUR321-389 Elective (three credits)
      • JOUR321-389 Elective (three credits)
      • JOUR262: Broadcast Field and Studio Production (three credits)
      • JOUR360: News Writing and Reporting II: Broadcast (three credits)
      • JOUR361: Television Reporting and Production (three credits)
      • JOUR321-389 Elective (three credits)

III. Specific Journalism Requirements

  • Completion of JOUR 201: Students must complete JOUR 201 with a "C-" or higher. Consult the Undergraduate Catalog or online Schedule for a list of prerequisites and restrictions for journalism courses.
  • "C" Requirement: Students must earn a "C-" or better in JOUR 201 and JOUR 202/262 prior to taking any courses for which they serve as a prerequisite.