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FAQ

I would like to pursue the Journalism major. How do I transfer into the Journalism Institute?

We are delighted that you are interested in pursuing a major in Journalism, however, it is not possible to transfer into the Journalism Institute. The Journalism Institute is a part of the College of Arts and Sciences. To declare a major in Journalism you must be a student of the College of Arts and Sciences. Under special circumstances, with approval from the Undergraduate Student Advisor in Journalism, we also allow students in Tisch, Stern, Steinhardt, and Gallatin to double major in Journalism.

How do I declare a major in Journalism?

In order to declare a major in Journalism you must first meet and speak with the Undergraduate Student Advisor for the Journalism Institute. In this initial meeting you will learn more about the requirements for being a Journalism major as well as the two different concentrations — Journalism and Media Criticism — within the major. After this meeting, the Undergraduate Student Advisor will declare you as a Journalism major. For more on declaring a major in Journalism and related information see here.

Is it possible to minor in Journalism?

You can only major in Journalism.

I understand that students who major in Journalism have to decide between two concentrations: Journalism and Media Criticism? What are the differences between these two concentrations? Where can I learn more about the differences between these two concentrations?

Students in the Journalism concentration are interested in the practice of journalism–reporting, writing, producing, editing and so on–across platforms including online, print, TV, radio, podcast, and digital. Within the Journalism concentration they further specialize in online/print or broadcast/radio, although at the end of the major many of students are skilled across platforms. Media Criticism students study the role and impact of mass media and generally prefer to write analytical pieces.

Why are Journalism majors required to double major?

There are several reasons as to why we require Journalism majors to double major. Chief among them, we have found that our undergraduate major students are more successful after graduation when they enter the workforce with both an expertise on how to write and report and a deep knowledge of a subject. The Journalism Institute teaches its students on the best practices for researching, reporting and writing/producing stories.The Institute faculty firmly believe that students should have a specialized area of interest in the form of a second major to help ground and put into practice the journalistic skills they are learning as part of the major.

Is it mandatory for me to hold an internship while pursuing the Journalism major?

It is not mandatory for you to hold an internship while pursuing a major in Journalism, however, it is strongly encouraged. It is also possible for you to earn credits while pursuing a Journalism Institute approved internship. To learn more about possible internship opportunities as well as how to earn credits for internships please reach out to Sylvan Solloway or Craigh Barboza. Please also see the Career Services section of the NYU Journalism Institute website.

Can I take Investigating Journalism: Ethics and Practice and Inquiry: The Written Word at the same time?

While it’s strongly advised not to do so, under special circumstance permission is given from the Journalism Institute’s Undergraduate Student Advisor so you can take both courses at the same time. If you do plan request this permission, you must meet with the Undergraduate Student Advisor in advance of registering for these courses together.

Can I take Investigating Journalism: Ethics and Practice and The History of Media at the same time in the Media Criticism concentration?

You can, in fact, take Investigating Journalism: Ethics and Practice and The History of Media at the same time.

Can I take Inquiry: The Written Word and Inquiry: Multimedia at the same time?

No as both courses demand extensive outside assignments as well as the mastery of reporting, writing and technical skills.

Can I take The Beat and Advanced Reporting at the same time?

No, as one is an intermediate level writing class and the other advanced and they build on the skills learned sequentially.

I am interested in learning more about the honors program in Journalism. What is the honors program and how can I get involved?

Juniors and seniors 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 who participate in the honors program 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. You have to start this sequence in the fall semester. Students enrolled in honors may take a maximum of 40 credits in journalism. To learn more about the Honors Program see here.

Is it possible to study abroad while majoring in Journalism? Where can I learn more about study abroad opportunities?

It is possible to study abroad while pursuing the Journalism major. The Institute in partnership with the Office of Global Programs offers year long programs in Accra, Ghana, Prague, Czech Republic, Shanghai, China, and London, England. The Institute also offers a summer program in Accra, Ghana, too.

On occasion, the Institute runs courses at other sites including Buenos Aires, Argentina; Madrid, Spain; and Tel Aviv, Israel. For more information please contact NYU’s Office of Global Programs. You can find out more information about study abroad opportunities through the Journalism Institute on our website.

If you are majoring in Journalism and you are planning to study abroad, then please speak to the Undergraduate Student Advisor as soon as you make the decision to study abroad and make sure you start your journalism coursework at the beginning of your sophomore year.

As you make the decision as to whether or not to study abroad while majoring in Journalism keep in mind that you can only take Journalism elective courses abroad. We do not offer any of our required courses abroad.

How can I learn more about Journalism classes offered over the summer?

To learn more about Journalism courses offered over the summer please check out the Courses section of NYU’s Journalism webpage.

I am a transfer student who studied Journalism at my previous institution. Is it possible for some of my previous classes to count towards the Journalism major at NYU?

As a transfer student, it may be possible for some of your previous courses to count towards the major. To determine which, if any, courses count towards the major please schedule a meeting with the Undergraduate Student Advisor. The Institute’s advisor in conjunction with the Director of Undergraduate Studies will determine whether or not your transfer courses count as well as what they might count towards. You cannot transfer more than four courses toward the major.

What are the requirements for the Journalism concentration?

Students who choose to do the Journalism concentration have to complete 8 classes for the major. They must take five required classes as well as three Institute-offered or Institute-approved electives. Students in this concentration must take the five required classes in this sequential order: 1) Investigating Journalism: Ethics and Practice (JOUR-UA 501), 2) Journalistic Inquiry: The Written Word (JOUR-UA 101), 3) Journalistic Inquiry: Multimedia (JOUR-UA 102), 4) The Beat (JOUR-UA 201), and 5) Advanced Reporting (JOUR-UA 301), or the honors sequence of Advanced Reporting (JOUR-UA 351) and the Senior Seminar (JOUR-UA 352). For more information on the curriculum for the Journalism concentration see here.

What are the requirements for the Media Criticism concentration?

Students who choose to do the Media Criticism concentration have to complete 8 classes for the major. They must take six required classes in sequential order as well as two Institute-offered or Institute-approved electives. The six required courses must be taken in the following order: 1) Investigating Journalism: Ethics and Practice (JOUR-UA 501), 2) History of the Media (JOUR-UA 610), 3) Journalistic Inquiry: The Written Word (JOUR-UA 101), 4) Journalistic Inquiry: Multimedia (JOUR-UA 102), 5) The Beat: Designated Media Criticism Section (JOUR-UA 201), and 6) Advanced Reporting: Designated Media Criticism Section (JOUR-UA 301). For more information on the curriculum for the Media Criticism concentration see here.

I am in the Journalism concentration. Can I take my Beat in the Media Criticism concentration?

No. Once you choose a concentration you have to take classes offered in that particular concentration.

 

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