Journalism Program Degree Requirements

Interested in becoming a journalist? Here are the academic requirements you’ll need to complete to get a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the SOJC.

How to Earn a Journalism Degree

Here’s a basic overview of the path you’ll take to get to graduation:

Step 1: If you're an incoming student, declare “pre-advertising," "pre-journalism,” "pre-media studies," or "pre-public relations" on your UO application. Current UO students in other majors can fill out our pre-major application form.  

Step 2: Complete the SOJC’s pre-major core requirements and courses below.

Step 3: Apply for full major status with the SOJC.

Step 4:  Complete the SOJC full major core required courses. 

Step 5: Take five core context courses in media theory and analysis. You can take them at the same time as your journalism sequence courses (see Step 6).

Step 6: Complete the journalism sequence requirements. You can take these courses at the same time as the core context courses.

Step 7: Complete all other general education and general studies requirements. You can complete these while you're working through the steps above.

Step 8: Apply for your degree. Congrats—you made it!

Minimum Requirements

Before you’re admitted to the SOJC, you’ll need to meet a few minimums:

graded Credits at uo
cumulative UO GPA
pre-major courses 


To graduate with an SOJC degree, you'll also need to complete:

SOJC credits
upper-division SOJC credits


Pre-Major Requirements—Complete Before Applying for Full Major

You’ll begin your SOJC journey as a pre-major, so be sure to declare “pre-advertising," "pre-journalism,” "pre-media studies," or "pre-public relations" on your UO application. Before taking the next step to become a full SOJC major, you’ll need to complete these pre-major requirements, ideally during your first year.

1. Pre-Major Core Courses

J100Media Professions2
J101Grammar for Communicators2
J201Media and Society4

2. UO Writing Requirements (Clark Honors College students are exempt from this requirement)

WR 121College Composition I4
WR 122 or WR 123College Composition II or III4

Full SOJC Major Core—All SOJC Students Complete

During the term you expect to complete the pre-major requirements, you should submit an application for full major status. Once you’re accepted as an SOJC full major, you’ll need to complete the courses below. Students in the SOJC Honors Program will meet some of their core context requirements with honors courses.

J211Gateway to Media8
J212Writing for Communicators4
J213Fact or Fiction4

Core Context Courses—All Students Complete

All SOJC students must complete five classes in media theory/analysis. You can take them concurrently with the journalism sequence courses. If you’re an SOJC Honors student, you’ll meet some of these requirements with your honors courses.

J320Gender, Media and Diversity (prerequisite: J201)4
J385Communication Law (prerequisite: J201)4
J387 or J396Media History or International Communication (prerequisite: J201)4
J397Media Ethics (prerequisite: J201)4

 Choose 1 of the following courses:

J412Issues in Communication Studies Topic* (prerequisite: J201, full major status)4
J429Media Technologies and Society Topic* (prerequisite: J201, full major status)4
J430Culture and Power in the Media Topic* (prerequisite: J201, full major status)4
J431Media Structures and Regulation Topic* (prerequisite: J201, full major status)4
J467Issues in International Communication Topic* (prerequisite: J201, full major status)4
J495Research Methods Topic* (prerequisite: J201, full major status)4
J496Issues in Communication Ethics and Law Topic* (prerequisite: J201, full major status)4

* Any course listed under the same course number will count. Course titles offered within each topic will vary. These courses are repeatable if the topics have different titles.

Journalism Sequence Requirements—Journalism Majors Complete

Once you complete the full major core, you can start registering for the courses below to complete your journalism degree. Choose either the Writing Concentration or the Visual Concentration. 

J361Reporting I (prerequisites: J major status, J211, J212)4
J462Reporting II (prerequisites: J211, J212, J213, J361)4
J463Specialized Reporting Topic* (prerequisites: J211, J212, J213, J361)4

Writing Concentration (choose 2 courses):

J371Feature Writing I (prerequisites: J211, J212, J213, J361)4
J461Newspaper Editing (prerequisites: J211, J212, J213, J361)4
J468Advanced News Editing (prerequisite: J461)4
J472Feature Article Writing II (prerequisite: J371)4
J473Feature Editing (prerequisite: J371)4
J474Magazine Industry & Strategies (prerequisite: J371)4
J483Journalistic Interview (prerequisites: J211, J212, J213, J361)4

Visual Concentration (choose 2 courses):

J331Digital Video Production (prerequisites: J major status, J211, 212, 213)4
J365Photojournalism (prerequisites: full major status, J211, J212, J213)4
J421Documentary Production (prerequisite: J331)4
J432Reporting for Electronic Media (prerequisite: J331)4
J434Advanced TV News (prerequisite: J432)4
J436Media Design Topic* (prerequisite: J361)4
J466Advanced Photojournalism Topic* (prerequisite: J365)4

Additional sequence course (choose at least 4 credits total):

J408Workshops Topic*1–2
J463Specialized Reporting Topic* (must be a different topic than what was used above)4
J469Mobile Media Production4
J475FLUX Production1–5
N/AAny additional concentration course not previously takenN/A

* Any course listed under the same course number will count. Course titles offered within each topic will vary. These courses are repeatable if the topics have different titles.

General Studies Requirements—All Journalism Students Complete

All SOJC students must complete at least 104 non-SOJC credits. For journalism majors, choose one of the following options:

  • Non-SOJC minor. See the UO Course Catalog for a list of applicable subject areas. Most minors are 24–32 credits (6–8 courses).
  • Declare a nonmajor concentration. Take 24 credits (6 courses) from one non-SOJC area. At least 12 of these credits must be 300-level or higher, and at least 4 must be 400-level. Technical, performance, physical education, and Clark Honors College credits are not considered concentrations.
  • Double-major in a program outside the SOJC. See the UO Course Catalog for a list of major options.

Electives—Complete 4+ Credits

You’ll need at least 4 SOJC elective credits to reach the minimum 72 credits required. You can choose any journalism courses not previously taken .

Academic Support and Career Advising

Need some guidance? Our academic advisors are here for you. The SOJC Student Services Center is your one-stop shop for undergrad academic advice and career-building tips. All undergraduate SOJC students are welcome—even if you haven’t enrolled yet. Drop in to Student Services on the ground floor of Allen Hall or make an appointment to get on track to meet your goals.