About Undergrad

The undergraduate program at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute emphasizes both the practical (basic and advanced skills training) and the theoretical. Students take lecture and seminar classes that emphasize professional ethics, the cultural politics of the media, the social role of the journalist, and the importance of craft (expository, explanatory, and literary technique).

Students can expect an immersive experience in New York City, and can avail themselves of numerous publishing opportunities, including online news sites like Cooper Squared, produced within or in collaboration with the Institute.

Our strong liberal arts emphasis includes the requirement that all journalism students double major. Students within the College of Arts and Science can choose from over 60 majors to complement their studies in journalism, while students based at other NYU schools and colleges may elect journalism as a second major.

The Institute’s undergraduate Honors Program invites eligible juniors or seniors to take special sections of Advanced Reporting in addition to a Senior Seminar course to complete a two-semester capstone project. Students can also opt to study journalism around the world through NYU’s robust Study Away opportunities.

In addition to providing undergraduates with high quality academic and practical training, the Institute is committed to preparing its students for meaningful careers in newspapers, broadcasting, magazines, and media criticism. We have a dedicated Career Services team that provides students with comprehensive career support, from resume and cover letter feedback to a yearly calendar of over 20 information sessions, networking events, and career fairs. As a result, our alumni are pursuing successful careers in journalism and related fields.

Even if you do not plan to pursue a career in journalism, the training you receive in the undergraduate program will foster the skills necessary to succeed in the professional world. The ability to read closely, research thoroughly, think critically, and write clearly and effectively are essential for any career.