General Requirements


Student completing the Journalism track of the major must complete five required courses in their declared print or broadcast concentration, as well as three Institute-offered or Institute-approved electives.

Students completing the Media Criticism track of the major must complete six required courses, and three Institute-offered or Institute-approved electives.

Policies that Apply to Both Tracks

The prerequisite for both Investigating Journalism: Ethics and Practice (JOUR-UA 501) and Journalistic Inquiry: The Written Word (JOUR-UA 101) is completion of the College’s expository writing requirement.

Journalistic Inquiry: The Written Word (JOUR-UA 101) and Investigating Journalism: Ethics and Practice (JOUR-UA 501) are prerequisites for Journalistic Inquiry: Multimedia (JOUR-UA 102).

Both Journalistic Inquiry courses (JOUR-UA 101, 102) are prerequisites for all second- level skills courses.

The Beat (JOUR-UA 201) is a prerequisite for all third-level skills courses.

All journalism majors and minors must achieve a grade of C (not C-minus) or better in all journalism courses to meet prerequisite requirements and count them toward the major. Students earning grades lower than C must either repeat the course or take an equivalent course, if permitted.

All majors must complete a capstone piece in the required skills course Advanced Reporting, which allows for assessment of their progress at the conclusion of the major.

Second Major

All students in both tracks must complete a second major in addition to Journalism, chosen from the other academic programs in the College of Arts and Science, or another NYU college with the Institute’s approval. Thus, all Journalism students are double majors.

Numeric Literacy

Certain electives from the CAS curriculum can, under special arrangement, be approved as Journalism Institute electives. Also, because the Institute puts a high value on numeric literacy for its Journalism graduates, double majors in Sociology, Psychology, Economics, or Politics may count any of the following courses towards their three Journalism-required electives, if they choose.

Students in other majors who take any of these courses may do the same. If you have taken the course and want to retain your Journalism electives for Institute-sponsored courses, you also may do so. Below are the course numbers and titles for classes the Institute approves towards the major:

  • 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)