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Certificate in Journalism


Journalists play a central role in a free society. They break the news of rapidly changing events, act as watchdogs for an informed citizenry, and provide context for understanding the world. The Certificate in Journalism teaches key Journalism practices: reporting, writing, editing, critical thinking, and ethical decision making. Students further apply and develop these skills through the exploration of a writing genre, media platform, business model, or internship.

Journalism is grounded in liberal arts imperatives: analysis, clear and thoughtful writing and discourse, discerning use of information, ethical judgment, and appreciation for human diversity. Students are encouraged to combine their certificate with complementary courses or degrees in the liberal arts, including anthropology, English, economics, history, political science, and psychology. The Journalism certificate applies in whole to the Bachelor of Science in Integrated Studies Professional track, pairing journalism with liberal arts course work.

University College degree-seeking students may also pursue the Communications degree and complete the Journalism concentration in lieu of the Journalism Certificate.


Our advisors go the extra mile to help you navigate your path and needs. We will provide you with the tools to make each moment spent on your education as valuable as possible. Students will receive:

  • individual appointments with an experienced advisor;
  • career planning services to prepare you for opportunities after graduation;
  • a partner throughout your journey to ensure success.

Schedule an Appointment

We have suspended in-person advising appointments temporarily according to the university’s response to COVID-19. Students should not come to campus, but advisors are still available to help you by email, phone or Zoom.​​​​ 

Student advising is available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. 

Lily Dollan

 Lily M. Dollan
Academic Advisor 

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Elisa Wang

Elisa Wang
Academic Advisor


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required course work

Required Courses: 12 units

  • Introduction to Journalism: Research to Writing (U48 211)
  • Communications Ethics and the Law (U48 4160)
  • Effective Editing (U49 345)

One additional 300-level writing course in Journalism or English Composition, including:

  • Sports Reporting and Writing (U49 315)
  • Audio Storytelling: From Podcasts to Newscasts (U49 327)
  • Entertainment Journalism (U49 3161)
  • Freelance Writing (U49 356)
  • Writing about the World of Food (U49 322)
  • Travel and Outdoor Writing (U49 331)
Elective Courses: 3 units

Choose one additional Journalism elective, including:

  • Shoot, Cut, and Upload: Create Media Like a Pro (U49 346)
  • The Business of Communications and Journalism (U49 381)
  • Communications Technology and New Media (U48 378)
  • Internship in Journalism

Take a course today. Apply later.

At University College, students can take courses without applying to a degree program. If you are interested in taking a class to get to know University College, to fulfill credits, for professional development, or to follow a passion, the non-degree option is for you. Learn more.

admissions requirements

There are no formal requirements for admission to undergraduate certificates. Students should speak with an academic advisor regarding their preparation for specific certificates or courses.

U.S. Citizenship or Eligible Noncitizen

University College cannot sponsor an I-20 for any certificate program. International students are eligible to apply for a certificate program if they already hold a visa that permits part-time study. International students holding a B-2 or F-2 visa are only permitted to register for courses that are recreational or avocational.

application requirements

Application Deadlines

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis and typically take four to six weeks. Applicants are encouraged to submit all materials by the following dates:

  • SUMMER 2020: APRIL 15, 2020
  • FALL 2020: JULY 15, 2020
  • SPRING 2021: DEC. 15, 2020 
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.

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Still have questions?

Program Coordinator: Justin Lopinot | (314) 935-6700 |

Director of Advising and Student Services: Elizabeth Fogt | (314) 935-6778 |