The Major

The Journalism major is based on the premise that journalists are essential in a democratic society because they inform its citizens, give voice to the voiceless and hold the powerful accountable.

The major emphasizes both the academic heart of journalism and its practice through its courses in history, law, ethics, philosophy and media criticism, as well as newswriting, reporting and multimedia journalism.

The Journalism Department has a distinguished faculty, including winners of the Pulitzer Prize and the Freedom Forum Journalism Teacher of the Year Award. Our alumni work at dozens of media outlets around the world, such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, National Public Radio, The Associated Press and NBC News.

Journalism offers a B.A. degree through the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Students normally begin taking Journalism courses in the first semester of their sophomore year. With planning, students entering the major as a junior can complete the major in four semesters.

Use the menu at right to find information about how to apply to the major, how to fulfill the major requirements, where to go for advising and more.

Journalism Department
108 Bartlett Hall
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003

Phone: 413.545.1376