One of our students expressed it best using the term “Merrill Made” when talking about the kind of experience and training you’ll get at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. When you leave Knight Hall, you will be in every sense a professional – able to think critically, question intelligently, and tell stories compellingly. You will be a fearless journalist.
Students gain valuable hands-on learning in college programs including the award-winning 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 ViewFinder, a long form storytelling class that routinely wins regional and national awards. Real-world internships help solidify Merrill College training and many times lead to jobs.
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.
We will provide you with the critical and technical tools you need to be a success in the 21st century no matter what you choose to do.
What to expect as a Merrill student:
- A focus on fundamentals combined with 21st century multimedia skills and an innovative, entrepreneurial spirit that journalists need to succeed in a changing world.
- Access to real-world internships in the best regional media market in the world.
- An opportunity to work in a Capital News Service bureau in Washington, D.C., Annapolis or College Park.
- Small class sizes that ensure one-on-one interaction with some of the best in journalism education today.
- A full time and adjunct faculty that includes a prestigious mix of journalists and scholars who have won Pulitizers, Emmys and other awards.
- The Merrill College was selected as one of the 12 top j-schools as a partner in the prestigious Carnegie-Knight Initiative, often called the “digital ivy league.” The deans of the schools meet three times a year to share ideas about curriculum and funding, and they participate in joint grant programs, such as the News21 reporting project.
- Newsroom executives look for Maryland students when hiring. Washington Post recruiter Peter Perl listed Maryland at the top when naming the best journalism programs.
- The journalism major leads to many successful careers. We have many graduates who have gone on to law school, created their own businesses, and work for corporations and non-profits. Journalism is a great major that prepares you for the real world.
The college is fully accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.