MAJOR: JOURNALISM
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Students in the undergraduate program in the School of Journalism have the opportunity to advance the industry with courses aimed at critical thinking, explorative application and fundamental journalistic elements. The new digital-based journalism curriculum, introduced in Fall 2012, ensures that every student will be able to think, report, and write like a journalist, but also effectively utilize modern technology and tell stories across different news platforms . The elimination of the traditional tracks allows students the flexibility to explore and pursue their interests in different subsections of journalism. From day one, all students will be honing their multimedia skills, producing their own websites, and creating a digital portfolio.

Declare This Major

Current UT students interested in transferring to the Moody College of Communication may submit an internal transfer application, which is open every February (for summer/fall admission) and September (for spring admission). Visit the internal transfer website for the application and the dates of our internal transfer information sessions.

To apply, students submit an online request form and upload a resume into the application. All students who are not already enrolled in the Moody College of Communication must also submit a statement of purpose.

Students are notified of the committee's decision in late May/early June (for summer/fall admission) or early January (for spring admission). Students must attend an information session before they can make an advising appointment with the Internal Transfer Advisor.

Students must have an overall UT GPA of at least 2.25 and a Communication GPA of at least 2.0 in order to be considered for an internal transfer into the College. Students are advised to be currently enrolled in (or have completed) J310 (or J 301F) before applying; however, this is NOT required to apply to transfer into Journalism.Students who wish to add Journalism as a second major (or change their current second major) must have 30 hours in-residence and minimum UT and communication GPAs of 2.75.

Students who are not already enrolled in the Moody College of Communication may apply only twice to change their major and must submit the application within their first three long-semesters at UT. Students are required to attend an internal transfer information session.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

View degree requirements and checklists to see the required courses for the Bachelor of Journalism. For additional information, view Journalism course descriptions and syllabi. Learn about internship opportunities and examples of student work in the School of Journalism.

Specializations

As of Fall 2012, the journalism major no longer has specific specializations.

Personality

Journalism students are:

  • Curious
  • Tenacious
  • Creative
  • Courageous
  • Resourceful
  • Strong writers
  • Critical thinkers
  • Objective
  • Good with technology
  • Ethical
  • Flexible or spontaneous
  • Outgoing
  • Attentive to details

Skills

Students in the journalism major will acquire a strong set of transferrable skills, including:

  • Writing skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Multimedia skills
  • Objectivity
  • Creativity
  • Ability to work independently
  • Team building and collaboration in large and small groups
  • Enhanced cultural sensitivity
  • Ability to meet deadlines