University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

School of Journalism

Lee Banville, Director

Courses in the School of Journalism examine the news media -- emphasizing their history, privileges and ethical responsibilities -- and provide instruction in skills required for a wide array of careers that require gathering, verifying and disseminating news and information in the Digital Age. The School of Journalism offers a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a minor in Journalism.

Students select courses in writing, reporting, producing, directing, editing and still and video photography. They train to work across multiple platforms including online, audio, video, newspaper and magazine.

A quality education in journalism is built on a strong liberal arts foundation. Students must complete 72 credits outside of journalism, including the University's general education requirements.

For further information about the school's Master of Arts program in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Journalism, contact the

Director of Graduate Studies in Journalism, Nadia White
School of Journalism
University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812
or (406) 243-2227.

Lower-Division Core

In the first three or four semesters of study students take courses in the major and in the liberal arts and sciences. Journalism courses must be taken at University of Montana-Missoula, though the directors may occasionally accept substitutes taught at another school with programs accredited by the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. All non-journalism courses in the curriculum may be completed at any college or university if transfer credits are accepted by UM. Students may enter during either autumn or spring semester.

Upper-Division Core

Students may begin taking upper division courses after they complete the lower division prerequisites for those courses.

Academic Progression

The general University academic standing requirements are listed separately in this catalog. See index.

Journalism majors must maintain satisfactory academic progress. Any student whose GPA falls below a 2.5 must meet with their advisor to discuss the student's progress before classes resume the following semester.

Baccalaureate Degrees