College of Media


What is Journalism?

Journalism is the process of gathering, verifying, and sharing news across a wide variety of platforms. These platforms range from television, radio, and newspapers to websites and mobile devices. In this major, you'll learn the skills required to succeed as a journalist and the news media's role in democratic life. Our program places a heavy emphasis on real-world, hands-on experience. This includes working at campus and local news outlets and on special projects with faculty and fellow students.

Career Options

  • Corporate communications
  • Editing & writing
  • Graphics & web design
  • Investigative reporting
  • Multimedia storytelling
  • Public relations
  • Political consulting
  • Speech writing
  • Sports reporting
  • Television & radio producing

Post-Graduation Success1

83% employed or continuing education

70% employed after graduation

13% attending graduate school

$35,828 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Leo Burnett, Mediacom Worldwide, Yelp View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Northwestern University, Chicago-Kent College of Law View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Strong English and humanities coursework and performance
  • AP English Language or AP English Literature preferred (if available at high school)
  • Experience in newspaper, yearbook, broadcasting, blogging, or using social media for promotion

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

3.7 years to degree

92% first-year retention rate

80% four-year graduation rate

84% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $13,492
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $36,642


  • Tuition: $32,612
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $56,102


  • Tuition: $33,560
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $57,050