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Bachelor's degree
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University of Richmond

Program description


The Department of Journalism nurtures students’ curiosity, encouraging them to investigate larger political and societal issues while improving their research, writing, and critical thinking skills.

Journalism students typically share a passion for writing, an earnest desire to tell honest stories and a fascination with public affairs. More than half of all journalism students choose a second field of study to complement their journalism degree. Some of the most common second majors are political science, history, English and rhetoric and communication.

As Americans begin getting their news from a variety of non-traditional sources, in addition to the newspapers, television and radio broadcasts and magazines that have been at the heart of the major for so many years, journalism programs across the country are adapting to provide students with the tools they will need to become successful writers—no matter what the medium.

First and foremost, Richmond’s Department of Journalism creates writers. Many graduates use their degrees to pursue news writing, public relations, advertising or marketing, while still others find that the strong writing background they receive is the perfect preparation for a range of careers, including attending graduate or professional schools.

Admission requirements

Candidates for admission must have a high school diploma (or recognized equivalent), and must have completed a minimum of 16 units of secondary school coursework. Minimum requirements include four units in English, three in college preparatory mathematics (including Algebra I, II, and Geometry), and at least two each in history, laboratory science, and a second language (two units of the same language, including American Sign Language).

International Admission Requirements

English Proficiency Policy

You can demonstrate English proficiency by:

  • Having been enrolled in an academically rigorous, English-medium secondary school for four years.
  • Obtaining a score of 660 or higher on the SAT evidence-based reading and writing section.
  • Obtaining a score of 28 or higher on the ACT English section.
  • Obtaining a score of 7.5 or higher on the IELTS.
  • Obtaining a grade of A or B in Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or A-Level English course(s).

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

  • News Media and Society
  • News Writing and Reporting
  • Introduction to Visual Journalism
  • Advanced News Writing and Reporting
  • Journalism Law, Ethics
  • Editing for Print, Internet
  • History of American Journalism
  • Public Affairs Reporting
  • Seminar
  • Photojournalism
  • Feature and Magazine Article Writing
  • Documentary Journalism
  • Covering Election Campaigns
  • Independent Study
  • Literary Journalism
  • Selected Topics in Journalism
  • Community-Based Journalism
  • Internship
  • Summer Undergraduate Research

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

The tuition fee for this program is $56,860 per year.


Skills You Will Gain as a Journalism Major

  • Presenting specific viewpoints
  • Demonstrating creativity and artistic expression
  • Measuring media effects
  • Explaining processes, plans, and concepts
  • Understanding institutional/cultural values
  • Working within deadlines
  • Working independently
  • Creating entertaining and persuasive messages

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University of Richmond

Located six miles from a vibrant capital city, the University of Richmond provides a collaborative learning and research environment unlike any other, offering 3,000 undergraduates from 70+ countries an extraordinary combination of the liberal arts and sciences with a top-ranked...

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University of Richmond

410 Westhampton Way
23173 Richmond Virginia
United States of America

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