Undergraduate Curriculum

Courses in the School of Journalism examine the news media -- emphasizing their history, privileges and responsibilities -- and provide instruction in skills required for careers in media, including in print media, radio and television, photojournalism and online media.

The School of Journalism offers a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, as well as a Master of Arts in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Journalism. The school also offers a five-year program for both a Bachelor's and Master's degree,  as well as a certificate in documentary film. 

For more information on these offerings:

Possible Tracks

At the University of Montana School of Journalism, you can pick one specific track, like writing, reporting and editing, TV and film, sports journalism, social media, photography, graphic design or audio storytelling and podcasting.

Or, you can do it all.

Below is a peek at what each of those possible tracks would look like while you work toward your bachelor's degree.

Writing/Reporting/Editing Journalism Advising Track

 

Lower-Division Required Coursed in Major

JRNL 100H

Media History and Literacy

JRNL 170

Elements of News Writing

JRNL 257

Beginning Visual Journalism

JRNL 270

Reporting

 

Lower-Division Elective Suggested

JRNL 105X

Global Current Events / Honors

JRNL 201

Diversity in Media

 

Upper-Division Required Courses in the Major

JRNL 300

First Amendment and Journalism Law

JRNL 400

Ethics and Trends in News Media

JRNL 498

Supervised Internship

 

Upper Division Writing Requirement Suggestion

JRNL 362

Feature Writing

JRNL 370

Beat Reporting

 

Five Upper-Division Elective Requirement Suggestions

JRNL 330

News Editing

JRNL 414

Investigations

JRNL 430

Print & Web Editing & Design

JRNL 472

Opinion Writing

JRNL 494

Pollner Seminar

 

Capstone Requirement Suggestions

JRNL 411

Reporting Native News

JRNL 412

Magazine Production and Design

JRNL 470

Campaign Coverage

JRNL 473

International Reporting

 

Extra-Curricular Suggestions

Kaimin

Work for the Montana Kaimin as a reporter

 

Audio Journalism Advising Track

 

Lower-Division Required Coursed in Major

JRNL 100H

Media History and Literacy

JRNL 170

Elements of News Writing

JRNL 257

Beginning Visual Journalism

JRNL 270

Reporting

 

Lower-Division Elective Suggested

JRNL 140A

Intro to Audio

 

Upper-Division Required Courses in the Major

JRNL 300

First Amendment and Journalism Law

JRNL 400

Ethics and Trends in News Media

JRNL 498

Supervised Internship

 

Upper Division Writing Requirement Suggestion

JRNL 340

Intermediate Audio

 

Five Upper-Division Elective Requirement Suggestions

JRNL 338

Intermediate Photo

JRNL 332

Audience and Social Media

JRNL 340

Intermediate Audio

JRNL 362

Feature Writing

JRNL 433

Marketing Your Work

 

Capstone Requirement Suggestions

JRNL 440

Advanced Audio

 

Courses Outside JRNL Suggested

MART 245

Intro to Sonic Arts

MART 445

Sound for Digital Media

 

Photo Journalism Advising Track

 

Lower-Division Required Coursed in Major

JRNL 100H

Media History and Literacy

JRNL 170

Elements of News Writing

JRNL 257

Beginning Visual Journalism

JRNL 270

Reporting

 

Upper-Division Required Courses in the Major

JRNL 300

First Amendment and Journalism Law

JRNL 400

Ethics and Trends in News Media

JRNL 498

Supervised Internship

 

Upper Division Writing Requirement Suggestion

JRNL 340

Intermediate Audio

JRNL 362

Feature Writing

 

Five Upper-Division Elective Requirement Suggestions

JRNL 328

Intermediate Photojournalism

JRNL 350

Intermediate Video

JRNL 427

Photo Stories

JRNL 428

Freelance Photography

JRNL 430

Print & Web Editing & Design

JRNL 433

Marketing Your Work

JRNL 494

Pollner Seminar

 

Capstone Requirement Suggestions                  

JRNL 410

Native News Honors Project

JRNL 412

Magazine Production and Design

JRNL 470

Campaign Coverage

JRNL 488

Student Documentary Unit

 

Courses Outside JRNL Suggested

MART 255

Photoshop: Art and Design

 

TV/Film Journalism Advising Track

 

Lower-Division Required Coursed in Major

JRNL 100H

Media History and Literacy

JRNL 170

Elements of News Writing

JRNL 257

Beginning Visual Journalism

JRNL 270

Reporting

 

Upper-Division Required Courses in the Major

JRNL 300

First Amendment and Journalism Law

JRNL 400

Ethics and Trends in News Media

JRNL 498

Supervised Internship

 

Upper Division Writing Requirement Suggestion

JRNL 340

Intermediate Audio

JRNL 352

Intermediate Video Reporting and Producing

 

Five Upper-Division Elective Requirement Suggestions

JRNL 332

Audience and Social Media

JRNL 350

Intermediate Video

JRNL 351

Intermediate Video Directing

JRNL 391

Documentary Film History

JRNL 482

Advanced Video Storytelling

 

Capstone Requirement Suggestions                  

JRNL 480

Reporting Video News

JRNL 481

Advanced Video Photo and Directing

JRNL 488

Student Documentary Unit

 

Courses Outside JRNL Suggested

MART 345

Sound for Film

MART 327

Intro to Cinematography

MAR 252

Screenwriting

 

Design Journalism Advising Track

 

Lower-Division Required Coursed in Major

JRNL 100H

Media History and Literacy

JRNL 170

Elements of News Writing

JRNL 257

Beginning Visual Journalism

JRNL 270

Reporting

 

Upper-Division Required Courses in the Major

JRNL 300

First Amendment and Journalism Law

JRNL 400

Ethics and Trends in News Media

JRNL 498

Supervised Internship

 

Upper Division Writing Requirement Suggestion

JRNL 340

Intermediate Audio

JRNL 362

Feature Writing

 

Five Upper-Division Elective Requirement Suggestions

JRNL 328

Intermediate Photojournalism

JRNL 350

Intermediate Video

JRNL 428

Freelance Photography

JRNL 430

Print & Web Editing & Design

JRNL 433

Marketing Your Work

JRNL 494

Pollner Seminar

 

Capstone Requirement Suggestions

JRNL 410

Native News Honors Project

JRNL 412

Magazine Production and Design

JRNL 470

Covering Elections

JRNL 473

International Reporting

 

Courses Outside JRNL Suggested

MART 255

Photoshop: Art and Design

MART 302

Intro to Motion Design

MART 341

Intro to Web Design

BMKT 482

Telling Stories with Data

 

Sports Journalism Advising Track

 

Lower-Division Required Coursed in Major

JRNL 100H

Media History and Literacy

JRNL 170

Elements of News Writing

JRNL 257

Beginning Visual Journalism

JRNL 270

Reporting

 

Upper-Division Required Courses in the Major

JRNL 300

First Amendment and Journalism Law

JRNL 400

Ethics and Trends in News Media

JRNL 498

Supervised Internship

 

Upper Division Writing Requirement Suggestion

JRNL 370

Beat Reporting

 

Five Upper-Division Elective Requirement Suggestions

JRNL 328

Intermediate Photojournalism

JRNL 340

Intermediate Audio

JRNL 342

Multimedia Sports Announcing and Writing

JRNL 350

Intermediate Video

JRNL 352

Intermediate Video Reporting and Producing

 

Capstone Requirement Suggestions

JRNL 480

Advanced Video Reporting

JRNL 481

Advanced Video Photo and Directing

 

Extra-Curricular Suggestions

Kaimin – work for the Kaimin as a sports reporter

UM Athletics – work with the Athletics Communications Dept.

 

Social Media Journalism Advising Track

 

Lower-Division Required Coursed in Major

JRNL 100H

Media History and Literacy

JRNL 170

Elements of News Writing

JRNL 257

Beginning Visual Journalism

JRNL 270

Reporting

 

Upper-Division Required Courses in the Major

JRNL 300

First Amendment and Journalism Law

JRNL 400

Ethics and Trends in News Media

JRNL 498

Supervised Internship

 

Upper Division Writing Requirement Suggestion

JRNL 340

Intermediate Audio

JRNL 362

Feature Writing

 

Five Upper-Division Elective Requirement Suggestions

JRNL 328

Intermediate Photojournalism

JRNL 330

News Editing

JRNL 332

Audience and Social Media

JRNL 350

Intermediate Video

JRNL 433

Marketing Your Work

 

Capstone Requirement Suggestions                   (Serve as the social media director)

JRNL 410

Native News Honors Project

JRNL 412

Magazine Production and Design

JRNL 473

International Reporting

 

Courses Outside JRNL Suggested

MART 111A

Intro to Photoshop

BMKT 420

Integrated Online Marketing

 

Extra-Curricular Suggestions

Kaimin – work for the Kaimin online

KBGA – work for KBGA online