Hello and welcome to “quick question,” the jcomm advising podcast. Today’s quick question is about math. Do journalism students have to take math?
The easy answer to that question is, “Not unless they choose to.”
The journalism school does not have a math requirement. However, it does allow its students to choose between a Bachelor of Arts degree or a Bachelor of Science degree. If they opt for a Bachelor of Arts, they have to do up to two years of college-level foreign language. If they opt for the Bachelor of Science, they have to do up to a year of college-level math or selected computer science courses.
So, if you are a journalism student and you go the Bachelor of Arts route, you don’t have a math requirement.
That being said, the journalism school does have an economics requirement. The economics department at the university recommends that students take MATH 111 College Algebra before they take EC 201 Microeconomics. Let me stress this is a recommendation, not a requirement.
If you are math-phobic, there are ways to complete the economics requirement without taking EC 201, the course with the math recommendation. So, if you have your heart set on it, you can avoid math.
Now, should you take math? Of course you should! There are tremendous benefits for a future media professional to be well-versed in both math and language. But should you take math wasn’t the question. We’ll leave you to have that conversation one-on-one with your academic adviser. No, the question was, “Do journalism students have to take math?” And again, the easy answer is, “Not unless they choose to.”
“Quick question” is an advising podcast provided by the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon. Visit the J-school Student Services office in 101 Allen Hall or on the web at jcomm.uoregon.edu.