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Multimedia Journalism Major

The multimedia journalism major was revamped in 2018, combining writing/editing and visual emphases into a versatile major with strong journalistic and digital skill-building in reporting, video, social media, digital design and content creation. Graduates in multimedia journalism work in media organizations to corporations, government and nonprofits. Join the field where our award-winning alumni work nationally at ESPN, The Daily Beast and The Japan Times, or at local media in the Midwest, such as Gannett. Our alumni are writers on celebrities, food and sports, and lead national news organizations like Axios, and content at digital agencies like DealerSocket. Explore the possibilities of multimedia journalism with our curriculum, as well as professional experiences with internships and clubs, including the Society for Professional Journalists, Photo Club and The Advance-Titan.

The multimedia journalism curriculum worksheet provides complete information on the major. Information about degree requirements follows. 



Degree Requirements

Department Core – 15 Credits:

  • 141 – Intro to Media: News, Public Relations and Advertising
  • 221 – Writing for the Media
  • 251 – Foundations of Multimedia Storytelling
  • 324 – Editing
  • 412 – Law of Mass Communication
  • 499 – Culminating Experience (seniors take this pass/fail course for 0 credits)
Multimedia Journalism Core – 12 Credits:
  • 327 – Reporting
  • 331 – Visual Media Design
  • 429 – Special Topics in Writing/Editing*
  • 452 – Special Topics in Visual Journalism*
Multimedia Journalism Electives – 3 Credits:
  • 429 – Special Topics in Writing/Editing*
  • 452 – Special Topics in Visual Journalism*

*Special topics courses vary each semester, focused on a new subject (for example: sports, politics, technology or body image in the media) to explore and develop skills in key topics critical and modern to the field. Students may not take the same subject twice in special topics courses.

General Department Electives – 9 Credits:

Three (3) electives between 61-001 and 61-498 from the list of AMP courses. Note that 427, 429 and 452 DO NOT count as electives, and transfer students may count 199 ONCE in department majors or minors.

One Statistics Course From the Following:
  • Math 189 – PBIS Statistics;
  • Math 201 – Applied Statistics;
  • Psychology 203 – Elementary Psychological Statistics
  • Sociology 281 – Social Statistics

The Internship (427) course will NOT count toward the 39 credits for the public relations major.