Why study Journalism?
Journalism develops investigative skills and analytical skills. You learn how to interview
people, find reliable sources, and research stories. You learn how to think critically and write clearly.
What kind of job can I get with a degree in Journalism?
A degree in journalism prepares you for any job that values critical thinking,
clear writing, and media skills. It prepares you to work for newspapers, television,
and other media, such as magazines, book publishing, digital imaging, web production
and design, public relations, public information and advocacy, and freelance writing,
to name a few. The degree also prepares you for a career in law, teaching, political
science, and other fields.
How do I become a Journalism major or minor?
You declare journalism as your major or minor and begin taking the courses required for
completing your degree. Here are the requirements for a major in Journalism:
General Program B.A.:
A minimum of 36 credits in A JRL courses including:
- 15 credits from: A JRL 100, 200Z, 201Z, 225, and 490Z
- 9 credits in Contextual courses from: A JRL 230, 330, 340, 363, 410, 420, 468, 475
- 9 credits in Skills courses from: A JRL 308Z, 355, 366Z, 380, 385Y, 390, 392, 460Z, 475Z, 480Z, 487Z
- 3 credits in A JRL 495 (Internship) or from A JRL 410, 420, 460Z, 468, 475/475Z, 480Z, 487Z, or 497 (but no course may be repeated)
How do I declare a major or minor in Journalism?
You go to the Advisement Services Center
at LI-36 (down the stairs in front of the main library and turn
right) or call them at (518) 442-3960.
How do I get into Journalism courses?
You register for them as soon possible. Journalism courses are highly sought after,
and they fill up fast. Most of the Program's courses are reserved for majors and
minors-with some slots held open for transfer students-but even with these restrictions,
competition for seats is fierce. Be persistent. Make a strong case. Register early.
How do I get a Course Permission Number (CPN) to enroll in a Journalism course?
The Program no longer uses CPNs-unless a course is marked "by permission of instructor."
Assuming that you have completed the prerequisites, such as Journalism 100, enrollment in
the Program's upper-level courses and workshops is on a first-come, first-served basis.
One exception is AJRL 499, the Honors Seminar, which has
Is there any way to get into a course that's closed?
You can email the professor and make your case for why you should be admitted.
You can attend a course at the beginning of the semester and wait for another
student to drop. Because most of the Journalism Program's courses are
writing- or equipment-intensive, enrollments are necessarily limited.
I'm a senior, getting ready to graduate. What should I do?
See your advisor, who can help you complete the "External Curricular" requirement,
convert the "minuses" on your Degree Audit to "pluses," get credit for internships,
and otherwise help you graduate on time.
Does everyone in the program have an advisor?
Yes, every Journalism major is assigned a faculty advisor. Since 1973, the
Journalism Program has established a solid reputation for giving students the
individual attention required for curricular advising, placement in internships,
and career planning. Graduates of the program have secured a wide variety of
jobs in broadcasting and reporting or gone on to graduate study at Columbia
University, New York University, Syracuse University, and other institutions.
Journalism students work with the staff of the
English/Journalism Advisement Office
, 381 Humanities Building, to receive
advisement and AVN numbers each semester. Also each undergraduate major in
Journalism is assigned to a full-time faculty member in the Program for academic
mentoring throughout the student's career. In addition, faculty members in the
Program are available to meet with students who are interested in learning about
the program or thinking of majoring in Journalism.
How do I get in touch with my advisor?
Office hours and email addresses are posted on faculty members' doors. See the
"Resources for Students" button on the left.
How do I find out who is my advisor?
Check with Professor Roberts, Director of the Program, or the Eng/JRL Advising Office.
What is the difference between the Program's "full-time" faculty members and it's "Lecturers"?
Because Journalism is a popular major, many of the Program's courses are taught by
adjunct, or part-time faculty members. We value their expertise and dedication
to our students, which is why we call them Professional Media Lecturers (PMLs).
The PMLs are professional journalists, photojournalists, writers, radio and television
producers, web designers, and other media specialists from the Capitol District. They
are good people to consult when looking for internships or jobs.
How do I get an internship?
See the Internship Coordinator, Darryl McGrath, or your advisor. Check the announcements
on the JRL listserv, which include dozens of openings every month. The Capitol
District is rich in media outlets, and our students are sought after as
talented, hard-working, creative individuals.
How do I get credit for an internship?
This has to be arranged in advance. Again, you should see the Internship
Coordinator, your advisor, or the Director of the Program.
What are the "external curricular requirements" that I have to fulfill before I can graduate?
These are two courses (6 credits) that are taken outside your major or minor. They
can be courses in writing, history, computer graphics, or anything else that
provides useful skills or explores subjects related to your B.A. in journalism.
We recommend that these courses be in the same department or program, and at least
one of them should be at the 200-level or above. Related courses from different
programs may also be accepted.
How do I get these "external curricular" credits?
You print out a copy of your Degree Audit and take it to your advisor.
Your advisor looks at the courses listed under "electives," chooses two that
fulfill the "external curricular" requirement, and completes a DARS waiver form.
Once this form is filed with the Registrar's Office, you receive 6 credits toward
graduation and the "external curricular" requirement is fulfilled.
When do I ask my advisor to work on my "external curricular" requirements?
This is done in your senior year, either in the first or second semester, when you have
taken enough electives to have two of them count for credit in the Journalism Program.
How do I donate to the Journalism Program?
We are always pleased to see alumni and visitors come through town, as well as prospective
students. Official donations to the Program are handled by the
them you want to donate to the Journalism Program.