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The journalism major at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, one of the best journalism schools in the country, is a highly professional, hands-on journalism and mass communication degree program that prepares students for careers in media.
Undergraduate students at the journalism school learn the values and principles that have long formed the core of the journalism profession, and they master the highly specialized, practical skills needed to succeed in today’s digital world and get jobs in journalism.
The Cronkite School offers undergraduate degrees in Journalism and Mass Communication as well as Sports Journalism. Students also can pursue an online undergraduate degree in Mass Communication and Media Studies.
Incoming freshmen who meet the Cronkite School’s admissions requirements get started immediately pursuing their journalism degree, taking journalism classes that include a news reporting and writing course and an optional elective in studio production their freshman year. Freshmen also can participate in a range of student media reporting opportunities that include the campus radio station, campus digital news organizations and magazine as well as broadcast extracurricular activities.
Students can apply for internships in the second semester of freshman year, and most students do multiple internships before they graduate. The Cronkite School arranges more than 600 local, regional and national internships for students each year. Students also get extensive career preparation that includes coaching in preparing their resumes, interviewing and networking.
Classes are taught in a $71 million, state-of-the-art journalism building that has the most sophisticated technology found anywhere in the country. And because the school is located in downtown Phoenix, the nation’s sixth-largest city and 13th-largest media market, students are within walking distance of dozens of media outlets where they complete internships and connect with professionals.
Students have the opportunity to participate in Cronkite’s distinctive professional programs, which include a live newscast on PBS, news bureaus in Phoenix and Washington D.C., a sports broadcasting bureau in Los Angeles, an investigative journalism fellowship program, an innovation lab and a public relations agency.
The journalism and mass communications and sports journalism degrees both consist of 120 credits, with approximately 74 in the liberal arts and 46 in the major. The Cronkite undergraduate curriculum requires 28 journalism credits that consist of four core values classes, four basic skills courses, a multimedia class and a required internship. The additional credits in the major are earned in advanced courses and professional experiences, such as the school's real-world newsrooms and agencies. Visit the major maps in the "Related Links" sidebar to learn more.
Students also are encouraged to choose from one of the school’s specializations in sports journalism, business journalism or trans-border issues or they can pursue a dual degree or a minor in another discipline at the university. Many Cronkite students combine their journalism degree studies with a major in another subject, such as business, computer science, Spanish, sustainability and meteorology.