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Journalism is both an interdisciplinary field and a distinct knowledge base for the critical study of media and related issues, and the development of writing, editing and observational skills in a liberal arts curriculum. An intellectual review of traditional disciplines and their biases is intrinsic to journalism studies. As such, journalism teaches critical thinking on two different levels: by questioning the view from the center (theories, methods and practices) in any given field or endeavor, and by evaluating and clearly and publicly expressing these views and concerns to either specific or mass public audiences.


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Real-World Learning Components

Optional internship(s)


1 years

Admission Criteria



Main Campus


English & Comparative Literature
McMicken College of Arts and Sciences


13B McMicken Hall
PO Box 210069
Cincinnati,OH  45221-0069
Jenny Wohlfarth
Phone: 513-556-0934

Student Success Factors

Successful journalists are curious about people, cultures and science, about how political and economic systems work and do not work. They are critical thinkers who know how to observe, listen and ask questions. They are skilled writers, editors and visual communicators. The foundation for a successful career in journalism is a strong liberal arts education.

Career Possibilities

Graduates with a certificate in journalism from McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) are better prepared for many different career options, including:

  • Writer
  • Reporter
  • Analyst
  • Correspondent
  • Editor for magazines, newspapers and the electronic media
  • Corporate writers
  • Public relations

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.


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Curriculum Guide Versions:

Journalism Certificate Curriculum Guide

Predominant Program

    Journalism Certificate Requirements
    • JOUR1010, Career Explorations in Journalism, 1
    • EMED1015, Integrated Media Production 1 for Non-Majors, TI, 3
    • JOUR1030, Principles of American Journalism, 3
    • JOUR2010C, Reporting and Writing, 3
    • JOUR5050, Internship, 3
    • JOURxxxx, Two or more Elective courses from group below, 9
    • JOURxxxx, One Seminar/Workshop Capstone from group below, 3 - 4
    Seminar/Workshop Capstone
    • JOUR6050C, Journalism Seminar: Project, 3 - 4
    • JOUR6055C, Journalism Seminar: Research, 3 - 4
    • JOUR6060C, Photojournalism Workshop, 3 - 4
    • JOUR2020, Media, Law & Ethics, 3
    • JOUR2030C, Principles of Photojournalism, 3
    • JOUR2040C, Editing, 3
    • JOUR3000C, Journalism Research, 3
    • JOUR3010, Advanced Reporting: Topic, 3
    • JOUR3025, Arts Reporting, 3
    • JOUR3030, Sports Reporting, 3
    • JOUR3035, Political Reporting, 3
    • JOUR3040, Environmental Journalism, 3
    • JOUR3045, Travel Writing, 3
    • JOUR3050, Science/Nature Writing, 3
    • JOUR3055, Writing About Film, 3
    • JOUR3060C, Business and Economic Reporting, 3
    • JOUR3065C, Media Design for Journalists, 3
    • JOUR3070C, Photojournalism, 3
    • JOUR3075, Magazine Writing, 3
    • JOUR3080, Profiles , 3
    • JOUR4000C, Writing Across Media, 3
    • JOUR4010C, Public Affairs Reporting, 3
    • JOUR4015C, Advanced Magazine Writing, 3
    • JOUR4020C, Multimedia Fundamentals, 3
    • JOUR4025C, Magazine Publishing, 3
    • JOUR4030C, Photo Editing, 3
    • JOUR4035C, Portraiture and Photo Illustration, 3
    • JOUR4040C, Studio Lighting for Photography, 3
    • JOUR4080C, Practicum, 1 - 3
    • JOUR5000C, Videography and Editing, 3
    • JOUR5010C, Visual Storytelling/Advanced Documentary Photography, 3
    • JOUR6000, Individual Work, 3 - 4
    • JOUR6010, Independent Study, 3 - 4
    • JOUR6020C, Photojournalism Tutorial, 3 - 4
    • JOUR6030C, Advanced Content Editing, 3 - 4
    • JOUR6070C, Media Bureau, 3 - 4

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Students in McMicken College of Arts and Sciences enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.

Special Programs

A unique characteristic of the journalism program is the university’s urban environment. The city and neighborhoods become the classroom. The judicial, legislative and executive branches of government are available for real-life reporting experiences. Student journalists can readily cover business, industry, education, medicine, college/professional athletics and the arts in a metropolitan area.

Admission Requirements

Students already pursuing a degree in any college at UC can add the certificate to their program. Be sure to submit a declaration of the certificate program using our online form.


In addition, you must meet with the program director so that they are aware that you are pursuing the certificate and can advise you appropriately. Do this early enough to avoid delay in obtaining your certificate.


Students not currently pursuing a degree may declare the certificate after establishing non-matriculated status.

Graduation Requirements

Make sure that you have declared the certificate program online. Next, make sure that the certificate program director is aware of when you are finishing the program. If you are pursuing another bachelor's degree, then your certificate will be reviewed at the time that you submit your separate degree application.


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