Bachelor of Science in Journalism

Undergraduate

The Bachelor of Science in Journalism provides an academic and experiential foundation to help launch a career in print, broadcast and Web-based journalism and other news media fields. One of the earliest degree programs to be offered by University College, the Bachelor of Science in Journalism remains grounded in liberal arts imperatives: critical thinking and analysis; clear and thoughtful writing and discourse; discerning use of information; ethical decision making; appreciation for human diversity; and as an extension of the liberal arts tradition, an understanding of the civic role of media in a free society.

The study of Journalism at University College is multidisciplinary and contextual, integrating concepts and resources from other academic fields in Arts & Sciences such as anthropology, English, economics, history, political science, and psychology. The program also provides tools and strategies to help students prepare for the digital transformation of journalism that demands proficiency with social media, entrepreneurial and business skills, and the ability to quickly synthesize, analyze, and disseminate information, local to global.

required course work

The Bachelor of Science in Journalism is a 45-unit program of study that includes 18 units of required core courses, a 12-unit concentration in a related discipline or division of Arts & Sciences, a required internship or independent study, and 12 units of elective courses. All University College undergraduate students must satisfy the same general-education requirements.

Additionally, candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Journalism are encouraged to fulfill the Advanced Writing Requirement in University College with an appropriate course in English Composition that is relevant to their interests in Journalism. Examples: Genre Writing (U11 310), Argumentation (U11 3120), Nonfiction Seminar (U11 313), Reading and Writing the Memoir (U11 3151), The Art of the Personal Essay (U11 323).

Required Core Courses: 18 units

  • Introduction to Journalism: Research to Writing (U49 211)
  • Foundations of Journalism (U49 210)
  • Copy Editing (U49 345)
  • Communications Technology and New Media (U49 378)
  • The Business of Communications (U49 381)
  • Communications Ethics and Law (U48 4160)
Concentration: 12 units

Students explore the contextual and applied value of Journalism by selecting 12 units of advanced course work in a single discipline or division of Arts & Sciences (e.g. Anthropology, Business, Economics, English, Health Care, History, International Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sustainability or division of Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences).

Required Internship or Independent Study: 3 units

Elective Courses: 12 units

Elective course work, chosen primarily to sharpen writing skills, may include 3 units of advanced course work in English Composition, in addition to the advanced course taken to fulfill the Advanced Writing Requirement for the Bachelor of Science degree.

  • Convergence Journalism (U48 329)
  • Broadcast Journalism (U48 226)
  • Feature Article Writing (U48 344)
  • Editorial Writing and Commentary (U48 332)
  • Entertainment Journalism (U48 3161)
  • Writing About the World of Food (U48 322)
  • Writing About Business (U48 339)
  • Freelance Writing (U48 356)
  • Sports Reporting and Writing (U48 315)
  • Online Journalism (U48 328)
  • Photojournalism (U48 330)
  • Media Literacy (U48 368)
  • Genre Writing (U11 310)
  • Argumentation (U11 3120)
  • Nonfiction Seminar (U11 313)
  • Reading and Writing the Memoir (U11 3151)
  • The Art of the Personal Essay (U11 323)

application requirements

Completed application form

The online application is available online on our Apply page. Applications are ready for review when all fields on the application form are completed, required documents have been received, and the application fee is paid.

Official transcripts from all previous college work

Contact the registrar at each previous college or university attended to request an official transcript. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar to University College.

Personal statement

Tell us about yourself in a brief essay (about 250 words). Why are you applying to University College? What are your goals, both academic and professional? What do we need to know when considering your application?

TOEFL scores (if applicable)

If you are not a U.S. citizen, official TOEFL scores must be forwarded to University College.

Graduates of a U.S. university or college or Canada, Australia, and U.K. residents are exempt if they have earned a bachelor’s degree or a graduate degree from such college or university.

$35 application fee

You may pay by credit card online, or via check or money order payable to Washington University in St. Louis. You may also pay the fee by cash at the University College office. 

This fee is waived for all WashU staff.

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Program Coordinator: Repps Hudson | (314) 935-6700 | rehudson@wustl.edu

Administrative Assistant for Academic Programs: Holly Schroeder | (314) 935-6759 | cschroed@wustl.edu

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