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Communication, Media, Arts, and Design


Bachelor of Arts


  • Oxford
  • Major
  • On Campus

Covering the News

In our interdisciplinary Journalism major, study how news organizations report daily events and learn to report and produce your own journalistic work for multimedia platforms. Learn about the importance of the First Amendment and a free press and develop advanced reporting and producing skills to succeed in the ever-evolving media landscape.

Contact Info

Rosemary Pennington, Ph.D.

Journalism Program Area Coordinator and Lead Departmental Advisor

Department of Media, Journalism, and Film

149 Williams Hall


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Curriculum and Courses

During your first year of study, you'll take MJF 105, Introduction to Media and Culture; JRN 101, Introduction to Journalism; JRN 102, Precision Language for News; and likely JRN 201, your first reporting course. In your sophomore year, you'll continue taking courses in the journalism major. In your junior and senior years, you'll concentrate on upper-level journalism courses, along with an array of rich out-of-class options. You’ll also complete a second major as a journalism student. Given that journalists must be well-versed in many disciplines, we encourage our majors to select a field of study that excites them and could possibly inform their journalism. You’ll take a total of 13 journalism courses over four years, learning from a faculty with deep experience in the newsroom and the classroom. Your studies will culminate with a rich senior capstone experience that brings your learning together.

  • MJF 105 Introduction to Media and Culture
  • JRN 101 Introduction to Journalism
  • JRN 102 Precision Language for News
  • JRN 201 Reporting and News Writing
  • JRN 303 Multimedia Journalism

At Miami, there is something for everyone

Course Catalog

Career Options

Journalism graduates seek careers in many areas. Our students are well-prepared for any job requiring content creation for TV, radio, print or web. Graduates may become magazine editors, newspaper or TV reporters, freelance writers, copywriters or podcast hosts. Typically, about 10% pursue graduate degrees in fields such as journalism, creative writing, literature, technical writing, history or law. Grads of the last decade or so work in every facet of journalism in every part of the country – and even beyond: the Associated Press, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, National Public Radio, ABC, The Washington Post, Sierra magazine and The Chronicle of Higher Education to name a few, along with plenty at TV stations, radio stations and newspapers/sites across the state of Ohio. We keep close tabs on our grads – who are always ready and willing to visit classes, support our travel programs and provide key networking help to Miamians who follow behind them.

Additional Opportunities

Outside of class, you can:

  • Student Organizations

    Get involved in one or more of our dozen-plus student-led media groups. Among them: The Miami Student, our leading news source; MQ, a general interest magazine; UP, a fashion magazine; Redhawk Radio; Miami Television News; and GreenHawks Media website. You can also join or lead media advocacy groups, like the Society of Professional Journalists, Miami Association of Filmmakers & Independent Actors, or Public Relations Student Society of America.

    Join a Student Org
  • Internships

    Complete a media internship for pay, credit, or both. Our internship director works with you, one-on-one, to help you identify internship possibilities.

    Apply for Internship
  • Study Away

    Travel to Washington, New York, Hollywood, Chicago, London or Italy with faculty-led programs focused wholly or in part on the news media. Some of these also include internships or job shadowing.

    Explore Study Away Programs

Facts and Stats

Your college experience here will be one of the most exciting times of your life. To make sure of this, we’ll provide you with a powerful support system.

  • 90% First-to-second year retention

    Miami University Data

  • 21st Among Public Universities in the United States for Four-Year Graduation Rate

    The Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac

  • 96% of 2018-2019 graduates who were employed or furthering their education by fall 2019

    Miami University Data


Megan Zahneis
  • Megan was managing editor of The Miami Student newspaper and worked as an advocate for students with disabilities. She interned at and now works for The Chronicle of Higher Education as a Reporting Fellow.

    Megan Zahneis ’19
    Journalism, Interactive Media Studies

Admission and Aid

This is Where Your Journey to Miami University Begins.

Explore what it means to be a college student at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where students prepare to go anywhere and everywhere. We’ll be here to help every step of the way as you prepare for college admission, enrollment, and success.

You must be concurrently enrolled in and must complete a second major at Miami University.

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