Hello and welcome to “Quick Question,” the jcomm advising podcast. Today’s quick question is about studying abroad. I am a journalism major, can I still study abroad?
In a word, yes. In more than a word, yes, yes, yes, yes and yes. The School of Journalism and Communication encourages its students to study abroad some time in their college career.
A common misconception is that this major isn’t conducive to study abroad. In reality, journalism students are the second largest population at the university to do a study abroad experience. A handful have even done more than one experience.
The key to this, as with anything else, is to plan ahead. The ideal scenario would be for you to complete your pre-major requirements, go on your study abroad experience and then come back and start your full major requirements. The academic advisors in 101 Allen Hall can help you plan how to do this.
Another common misconception is that you have to choose a study abroad experience that offers you courses in your major. If you did that with this major, you’d be limiting yourself to two or three study abroad programs. That’s not a bad thing – certainly the journalism-based programs have a lot to offer – but remember that as a journalism major, you have a lot more requirements OUTSIDE of the major than you have within the major. If you think about those requirements as well, you’ll have a lot more study abroad options. Many journalism students have, for example, done the journalism study abroad program in Ghana, Africa, in past summers. However, a lot more have gone to places in Europe, South America and Asia. Who wouldn’t love to take a British Women’s Writers class in London to fulfill the literature requirement or a Maori history course in New Zealand to fulfill the history requirement?
Remember too, that a lot of study abroad programs are design to help you progress or complete your foreign language requirement. If you are going for a Bachelor of Arts degree, a term in Mexico or France could complete a year’s worth of the language for you.
The best way to start is to visit the Office of International Programs in room 330 in Oregon Hall. They are the keepers of all the UO-sponsored study abroad programs. With their help, determine where you want to go. Where you go will determine when you go, how long you go, and what you take while you’re there. Armed with this information, you can then sit down in your journalism advisor to work this exciting experience into your graduation plan.
Bon voyage and don’t forget to send us a postcard!
“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.