Journalism and Media Studies, B.S.

School of Visual, Media and Performing Arts

Program Overview

As a journalism and media studies major, you will develop strong critical writing, thinking, and reporting skills. You will learn the tools of cross-platform storytelling and produce news in our radio, video, and multimedia newsroom labs and our multicamera television studio. You will graduate with a strong portfolio of work and gain valuable professional experience through internships with local news outlets and media-producing companies in New York City.

Journalism and Media Studies, B.S.

Where You'll Go

With a background in journalism and media, you could go on to become a reporter at a newspaper, website, or television or radio station in areas ranging from general news to sports, entertainment, technology, and many others. Graduates also go on to careers in strategic communication, public relations, marketing, digital content creation, social media management, and any number of related professions.

Major Details

The program information listed here reflects the approved curriculum for the 2023–24 academic year per the Brooklyn College Bulletin. Bulletins from past academic years can be found here.

Major Description

The journalism and media studies program encourages students to develop a critical, ethical, and deliberative paradigm for the practice of journalism as a public service. We seek to cultivate proficiencies in storytelling across platforms and subject areas, and inspire our students to embrace the potential for innovation that exists in our media environment.

Program Goals

Students will:

  • develop critical thinking skills and a healthy skepticism about the ocean of information in which we live,
  • well informed about the entrepreneurial nature of the contemporary media environment, and
  • become capable communicators with the ability to tell stories using the tools most appropriate for the subject, guided by principles that maximize media literacy.

Major Requirements (48 Credits)

I. All of the following:

Television, Radio & Emerging Media 1165203224012726W34014401 and 4777; one of TREM 3223 or 3535; and one of the following: TREM 4177 or 5010.

II. Nine credits from the following:

Television, Radio & Emerging Media 30403405378238413861387138813891392539514042404547284782488148274862, and 4925.

III. Six credits from the following:

Television, Radio & Emerging Media 34023403340440474173 and 4403. TREM 4047 may be taken twice to fulfill this requirement so long as the topics are different.

The department chair or program director may, with the approval of the chair of the department’s undergraduate curriculum committee, allow substitutions for one or more required classes consistent with the educational goals of the program.

Admissions Requirement

Students must successfully complete one of the college’s English Composition courses (ENGL 1012 or higher) with a grade of B or better to declare the major. Transfer students must have successfully completed a course equivalent to ENGL 1012 or higher with a grade of B or better and have received a transfer credit equivalency for ENGL 1012 to declare the major.

Residency Requirement

Of the 48 required Television, Radio & Emerging Media credits in the journalism and media studies major, at least 36 must be completed in residency. The use of transfer or other course credit is prohibited for Television, Radio & Emerging Media 2726W.

Academic Standing

All courses used to meet these degree requirements must be completed with a grade of C or higher. No course in this curriculum may be taken more than twice for the purposes of degree advancement.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the civic nature of journalism, including its history and political economy.
  • Recognize, articulate, and practice ethical principles of communication that transcend professionalization.
  • Develop and practice a platform-agnostic understanding of the power of quality storytelling.
  • Demonstrate high ability in platform-agnostic writing, visual, or aural communication through the production of relevant content.
  • Critically assess, analyze, investigate, and organize information in an ethical and civically responsible manner.
  • Engage analytically and expressively with a multiplicity of media forms.

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MJ Robinson, Associate Professor and Department Chair

304 Whitehead Hall
P: 718.951.5555

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Office of Undergraduate Admissions

222 West Quad Center
2900 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210

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Internships and Employers

Through job fairs, the internship database, and internship panels, the Magner Career Center gives students in the journalism and media studies B.S. program access to career opportunities at a wide variety of media outlets and companies, including:

  • Complex
  • ESPN
  • Media Makers NYC
  • MSNBC News
  • New York Amsterdam News
  • New York Daily News
  • News12
  • NY1 News
  • Sirius XM
  • WABC
  • The Wave
  • WNYC Radio

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