Colleges with a Journalism Major: List of Colleges and Universities

A minimum of a bachelor's degree is preferred by employers hiring journalists. Undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available at many colleges.

How to Select a College with a Journalism Major

Journalists, also called reporters, write news stories for newspapers, magazines, radio stations and television stations. To choose the best college for pursuit of a journalism major, one must consider what level of education is desired, the curriculum offered by the degree program and the experience that can be gained at the school. For the undergraduate journalism student, admission to a bachelor's degree program typically requires satisfactory ACT or SAT scores, particularly in English. A high school grade point average of 3.0 in English is also a common requirement.

Other considerations for prospective students:

  • Graduate students can choose from several different master's or Ph.D. programs; bachelor's degree programs are also available.
  • An on-campus school newspaper and other media-related avenues of experience are beneficial things to look for in a journalism major degree program.
  • Many universities have established journalism organizations to provide social interaction and conversational exchanges in topics related to the field and networking with local media and public relations contacts; these organizations can help prepare the student for work once they graduate.

Top 10 Journalism Programs

College/University Institution Type
University of Southern California 4-year, Private
Boston University 4-year, Private
Washington and Lee University 4-year, Private
Northwestern University 4-year, Private
George Washington University 4-year, Private
New York University 4-year, Private
Lehigh University 4-year, Private
Pepperdine University 4-year, Private
Northeastern University 4-year, Private
University of California -Irvine 4-year, Public

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