About the Undergraduate Study of Journalism

The Philip Merrill College of Journalism prepares students for careers in multiplatform journalism, but is also an ideal major for a wider range of careers from communications to law. The undergraduate journalism program culminates in a B.A. degree in journalism.

Students learn in college programs including the Capital News Service, a wire, broadcast and online service in Washington, D.C., Annapolis and College Park; UMTV, a cable station operated by the college; and the American Journalism Review, the nation's leading media magazine.

The college is fully accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.



Students majoring in journalism take approximately one-third (42 credits) of their total coursework in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Journalism courses are designed to provide students with a working knowledge of the tools and concepts they will need to perform as top-flight professional communicators across multiple media platforms including the Web, television, radio, newspapers, magazines and other news products.

The remaining two-thirds (80 credits – 65 of those credits are categorized as liberal arts credits) of undergraduate coursework consists of a variety of other subjects such as history, economics, government, sociology and psychology. This exposure acquaints students with fundamental problems and issues they will encounter in their careers. Within these credits, journalism students must choose a "concentration" (a core of advanced work in a substantive field) to establish competency in a specialized area of knowledge they will be able to use as professionals.

Information for Prospective Students

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