Pre-Professional Program

In the first years of study students take foundational courses in journalism and other disciplines across campus. Journalism courses in the pre-professional curriculum may be taken at the University of Montana-Missoula or at another school with a program accredited by the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.  


The following School of Journalism and General Education courses must be completed prior to admission to the School of Journalism professional program.


  • JRNL 100H - Media History and Literacy*
  • JRNL 170 - Elements of Newswriting* (WRIT 101 is a co-requisite or prerequisite for this.)
  • JRNL 257 - Beginning Visual Journalism*
  • JRNL 270 – Reporting* (JRNL 170 is the prerequisite for this.)


  • WRIT 101 (fall or spring of your first year)
  • A minimum of 15 credits of General Education courses. (We encourage you to take more so you're free to take additional journalism courses and pursue out-of-class journalistic opportunities in your last two years here. Meeting those requirements also saves room for a minor or double major.)
  • Journalism students are required to pass the equivalent of the second semester of a foreign language before graduation. They are strongly urged to complete the requirement while in the pre-professional program. Journalism students may not substitute a symbolic system for a foreign language.

*Transfer credit to meet these requirements must be approved by the Director of Faculty Affairs or Director of Student Success.

See the Professional Program for a description of the final two years of study and overview of coursework