* Note: Journalism Ethics and First Amendment Law (JOUR-UA 502) is no longer a required lecture course for the Journalism track of the Journalism major. For students, who took this course when it was once a required lecture course this course will now count as an elective.

* Note: Students wishing to also enroll in NYU’s Study Abroad program must begin the Journalism concentration no later than their sophomore year in order to complete the program.

For students who matriculated prior to Fall 2014, the concentration in Journalism consists of 8 courses, for a total of 32 credits. These students are not required to take Journalistic Inquiry: Multimedia (JOUR- UA 102). For all other students who began as freshmen in 2014 and afterwards, 8 courses must be completed for the major in Journalism, which amounts to 32 credits.Students pursuing the Journalism concentration must take 5 required courses (one lecture and four skills courses) as well as three institute-offered electives. Please see below for more information. All television, radio and visual reporting electives are open to any student in the major who meets the course prerequisites.

Within the Journalism concentration, students choose either the Print/Online sequence or the Broadcast sequence. Regardless of which track a student chooses to pursue, the required courses for each track must be taken in sequential order.

All Journalism majors pursuing either the Journalism or Media Criticism track must complete a second major within CAS or another NYU school, as outlined in the General Requirements for the major.

Note: Students wishing to also enroll in NYU’s Study Abroad program must begin the Journalism concentration no later than their sophomore year in order to complete the program.

Note: Students in the Broadcast sequence must take the broadcast sections of The Beat and Advanced Reporting. In other words, if you take a broadcast version of The Beat, you must take a broadcast version of Advanced Reporting. The same applies for those in the Print/Online sequence – you must take non-broadcast versions of both classes.

Required Courses

Five total required courses

One Required Lecture Course

Investigating Journalism: Ethics and Practice (JOUR-UA 50)

Formerly Foundations of Journalism (JOUR-UA 501)

Prerequisite: Expository Writing or the equivalent

This is Journalism’s gateway course, a lecture centered on articles and primary historical documents that have had a profound impact on the course of American Journalism as practiced today. A series of essays designed to assess students’ understanding of important journalistic concepts and practices will be assigned.

Effective Fall 2017 students in the Investigating Journalism course will need to complete the following four modules to successfully complete the class: Module 1: The First Amendment, Module 2: To Publish or Not to Publish, Module 3: Ethics, and Module 4: Libel & Defamation.

Four Required Skill Courses

Journalistic Inquiry: The Written Word (JOUR-UA 101)

Prerequisite: Investigating Journalism.

The Institute’s first level reporting class. Emphasis in this course throughout the term is on sophisticated reporting and research techniques as students concurrently survey the various forms of journalistic writing, from the essay, to the hard-news pyramid, to feature writing to broadcast style.

Effective Fall 2017 students in Journalistic Inquiry: The Written Word will need to complete Module 5: Source Deals and Module 6: Sources of Information in order to successfully complete the class.

Journalistic Inquiry: Multimedia (JOUR-UA 102)

Prerequisites: Investigating Journalism (JOUR-UA 501) and Journalistic Inquiry: The Written Word (JOUR-UA 101).

The Institute’s second level reporting class. Multimedia students will learn how to report news and feature stories, using photographs, video and audio, with the emphasis on story- telling techniques. The course will cover how to develop story ideas, reporting techniques, scripting, audio and visual digital editing, and multimedia story-telling structures. The course will be divided into three segments: audio, photography, and video designed for web production. Classes will incorporate lectures, including the “best practices” in audio and video; class discussion, and in and out-of-class assignments. Ethical and copyright issues involved in multimedia reporting will also be explored in the class.

* Note: To successfully complete the Inquiry Multimedia assignments students are required to purchase the following equipment and make arrangements to use the cameras and other equipment. Journalism majors will also use this equipment in other courses. There are no textbooks required for this course, although some suggested texts are optional/available.

The Beat (JOUR-UA 201)

Prerequisite: Investigating Journalism (JOUR-UA 501), Journalistic Inquiry: The Written Word (JOUR-UA 101), and Journalism Inquiry: Multimedia (JOUR-UA 102).

The Institute’s third level reporting class. The Institute offers a menu of choices of beat- based reporting classes, designed to sharpen the student’s ability to identify a good story, report it out fully and write it well across genres. Beats range from the geographical (New York neighborhoods) to government and politics and the courts, to arts and culture. The offerings, in both print, broadcast and converged formats, vary semester by semester. Broadcast students must take a broadcast-specific section.

Advanced Reporting (JOUR-UA 301), or the honors sequence of Advanced Reporting (JOUR-UA 351) and the Senior Seminar (JOUR-UA 352)

Prerequisites: Investigating Journalism (JOUR-UA 501), Journalistic Inquiry: The Written Word (JOUR-UA 101), Journalism Inquiry: Multimedia (JOUR-UA 102), and The Beat (JOUR-UA 201)

The Institute’s fourth level reporting class. Again, these courses are subject-specific, much like, The Beat courses, but the emphasis is on completing the graduation portfolio with a heavily reported piece of narrative, explanatory or investigative work reported and written in this course. Students will produce a major piece of narrative, explanatory or investigative writing of 3,000 to 5,000 words in length, or a longer, more complex broadcast piece. The course is offered in print, broadcast and converged formats. Broadcast students must take a broadcast-specific section.


Students completing the Journalism track for the Journalism major must take three elective courses. Only one course should be taken from each category, unless permission from the Institute is granted by the Undergraduate Student Advisor. The courses offered in each category vary by semester; take a look at recent course listings for examples. Be sure to check to see if you need to complete a prerequisite for the elective you want to enroll in.

Methods and Practice (JOUR-UA 202)

Second-level elective skills classes, designed to provide a laboratory to help students improve their skill level in a variety of specific writing and reporting forms.

Methods and Practice: Visual Reporting (JOUR-UA 203)

Multimedia and photojournalism courses are offered under this category.

Elective Reporting Topics (JOUR-UA 204)

This category includes a variety of “back-of-the-book” reporting topics.

Production and Publication (JOUR-UA 302)

Advanced level elective skills courses that produce work for publication or broadcast.

The Seminar (JOUR-UA 401)

Varying offerings each semester taught by full-time faculty and designed for students to take in their final semesters before graduation.

Journalism Ethics and First Amendment Law (JOUR-UA 502)

This lecture course provides a critical examination of the development of ethical standards for journalists and an understanding of the need to balance absolute freedoms of speech and press with other societal rights.

Journalism and Society (JOUR-UA 503)

A variety of lectures and seminars that examine the role of journalists and journalism itself as they function in the wider culture.

Journalism as Literature (JOUR-UA 504)

Reading seminars in courses that explore the intersection of literature and journalism through various prisms.

Issues and Ideas (JOUR-UA 505)

Experimental seminars that examine contemporary issues in relation to the field.

Media Criticism (JOUR-UA 6XX)

Courses that analyze the forces—cultural, social, economic, ideological, and aesthetic—that shape the media and their messages.

Individual Study (JOUR-UA 9XX)

Numeric Literacy

Certain electives from other CAS departments and programs can, with permission from the Undergraduate Student Advisor, be approved as journalism electives. Since the Institute puts a high value on numeric literacy, double majors in economic, politics, psychology, and sociology may count any of the following quantitative courses toward their three required electives:

  • Economics: Statistics (ECON-UA 18)
  • Politics: Quantitative Methods in Political Science (POL-UA 800) or Introduction to Research methods for Politics (POL-UA 850)
  • Psychology: Statistical Reasoning for the Behavioral Sciences (PSYCH-UA 10)
  • Sociology: Statistics for Social Research (SOC-UA 302)

Honors Program

Juniors and Senior who have maintained a 3.65 overall GPA and a 3.65 in the Journalism major are eligible for the two-course, 8-point honors program. Students take a special section of Advanced Reporting (JOUR-UA 351) followed by the Senior Seminar (JOUR-UA 352) to complete a two-semester capstone project. Students enrolled in honors may take a maximum of 40 credits in Journalism. Students must begin the Honors program in the fall term.