Journalism Major Admission Standards, Requirements and Application

JOURNALISM MAJOR INFORMATION AND REQUIREMENTS FOR CURRENT STUDENTS

The USC Annenberg School of Journalism’s Bachelor of Arts in Journalism is a forward-thinking curriculum that encourages students to embrace technology, assess it critically and employ it in the service of powerful and effective journalism.  Several team-taught courses will allow students to learn from faculty with a strong expertise in video, audio, text and digital journalism.  Through this team-teaching approach, students will establish their reporting and writing expertise across multiple platforms.  In an integrated Media Center experience, students will acquire the editing, production and digital storytelling skills to produce journalism across a range of media.

The program offers courses that explore the essential components of a contemporary journalism education, including media literacy, ethical constructs of social media, a civic engagement lab experience, coding for storytelling, and law and ethics for the digital age.  At the conclusion of the degree program, students will produce digital portfolios and personal websites featuring their best work at the school.

The curriculum also offers an opportunity to add deeper, more specialized media experience through the selection of electives, including app development, virtual reality journalism and native content for social media.  Electives may also be concentrated in areas of study, such as broadcast and video journalism, digital and emerging technologies or sports journalism.

Major Requirements

Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Online Tutorial

The Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation online tutorial is a review of your ability to use language accurately and at a level high enough to succeed at the School of Journalism.

Journalism majors must complete the GSP online tutorial during the semester in which they first take ASCJ 200, JOUR 201 or JOUR 207.

Students begin the GSP online tutorial sometime during the semester in ASCJ 200, JOUR 201 or JOUR 207. It will last eight weeks and should be completed by the last day of class.

Students who do not complete the online tutorial will not be allowed to progress in the program.

Journalism Requirements
(44 units)

ASCJ 200              Navigating Media and News in the Digital Age (4 units)
JOUR 201              Culture of Journalism: Past, Present and Future (4 units)
JOUR 207              Reporting and Writing I (4 units)
JOUR 208              Media Law and Ethics (2 units)
JOUR 307              Reporting and Writing II (4 units)
JOUR 320              Introduction to Coding for Storytelling (2 units)
JOUR 321              Visual Journalism (2 units)
JOUR 322              Data Journalism (2 units)
JOUR 323              Creating you Digital Footprint and Brand (2 units)
JOUR 372              Engaging Diverse Communities in the Digital Era (2 units)
JOUR 408              Advanced Media Law in the Digital Age (2 units)
JOUR 414              Advanced Digital Media Storytelling (2 units)

Plus 12 upper division journalism and/or public relations elective units.

Accreditation Requirement

To meet accrediting guidelines, journalism majors must complete minimum of 72 units outside the major area of journalism and public relations.

For more information regarding major requirements for the Annenberg School of Journalism, please visit the USC Catalogue.

The USC Annenberg Advantage

Faculty

School of Journalism faculty members are among the top professionals in their fields.  They include renowned researchers, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, Emmy Award and Peabody Award-winning broadcast journalists, and leaders in fields including government, advertising and public relations.  For information on our faculty, click here.

Academic Advisement

All undergraduate journalism majors are required to meet with a USC Annenberg undergraduate adviser each semester to review degree requirements and plan their journalism major progress.  Students must use their USC email accounts to receive advisement information, scholarship announcements and   other academic-related announcements.

USC Annenberg Career Development

The USC Annenberg Career Development Office provides internship and job listings, job fairs, résumé and career workshops, and one-on-one counseling to aid both students and alumni in their search for a fulfilling career.

USC Annenberg International Programs

USC Annenberg sponsors international undergraduate study abroad programs in exciting cities around the globe.  Each of the programs provides students with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to gain international experience in their chosen field of study.

Organizations

To learn more about all the organizations USC Annenberg has to offer, visit our Student Organizations page.

Admission Standards and Application Requirements

Admission to the School of Journalism is selective.  When reviewing applications, the Admission Committee considers many factors, such as academic performance, experience in the field of journalism and solid writing skills.  The statement of intent is weighed heavily in the application process.  To be eligible to apply, students are required to have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and must complete at least one semester of USC course work (a minimum of 16 units).

To apply to the School of Journalism, students must complete the online application form by one of the deadlines below.

Students will be notified of their admission status approximately two weeks after the application deadline.  For more information about the School of Journalism or the application process, contact USC Annenberg Student Services at  (213) 740-0900 or ascjadv@usc.edu.  Information sessions are offered throughout the fall and spring semesters for students who plan to apply to the School of Journalism.  Click here to RSVP for an information session.

Application Deadlines

It is recommended that students interested in applying to the journalism major do so before their sophomore year, since they will not begin the curriculum until the semester after they have been admitted to the program.

FALL APPLICATION DEADLINE: All applications are due by 4:30 p.m. the first Friday of the fall semester.

SPRING APPLICATION DEADLINE: All applications are due by 4:30 p.m. the first Friday of the spring semester.

Late applications will not be considered.

NOTE: Students will be notified of admissions status approximately two weeks after the application deadline.

Required Documents for the Undergraduate Application

The documents below are required.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

    -     Completed School of Journalism online application form for current USC students only.

    -     Statement of Intent: A one-page essay focusing on your interest in pursuing an education and career in the field of journalism.  Limit 500-600 words.

    -     References: Applicants will be required to list two references. References should be academic or professional.

NOTE: The Admission Committee will review students’ academic records (transcripts and transfer credit statements) on the university system.

To apply to the Journalism major, click here.