The Honors Program provides undergraduate students with a unique opportunity to work on an in-depth written or multimedia piece over the course of an academic year. After completing The Beat JOUR-201, students take two courses—Honors Advanced Reporting JOUR-UA 351, followed by Honors Senior Seminar JOUR- UA 352—for a total of 8 credits. Students who pursue the Honors Program complete 9 courses (36 credits) in total, as opposed to the 8 courses normally required of journalism majors.
Honors students benefit from close collaboration with a professor as they work to produce a long-form piece. For the 2023-2024 academic year, Print/Online/Audio Honors courses will be taught by Professor Ted Conover, whereas Broadcast/Documentary/Multimedia Honors courses will be taught by Professor Jason Samuels.
To be eligible for the Honors Program, students need to have a 3.65 GPA overall as well as a 3.65 in the journalism major. Currently, there is no application process for the Honors Program, as we’ve typically been able to accommodate all eligible students who want to participate. The Undergraduate Student Advisor will contact students with GPA’s around or above 3.65 during the Spring semester to gauge interest and share additional information about how to participate for the coming year.
- Currently, Honors Advanced Reporting and Honors Senior Seminar are only offered in the Fall and Spring, respectively. Students must be able to take Honors Advanced Reporting in the fall of their senior year and Honors Senior Seminar in the spring of their senior year.
- The Honors Senior Seminar course does not count as one of the three electives required for the journalism major. It is simply an additional course required for participation in the Honors Program.
- Students participating in the Honors Program may take a maximum of 40 credits in journalism.