Journalism Major

Journalism majors must complete a set of core courses and electives that range from skills courses to courses on the concepts and theories that govern media systems. They graduate equipped with the necessary abilities to work in media careers and equipped for tomorrow in a fast-changing field.

Lehigh journalism majors go into a wide range of fields because different professions value the research, writing, multimedia, and critical thinking skills in our curriculum. Those fields include written and multimedia journalism, web production, social media engagement, marketing, and public relations. Our students also sometimes choose law school as another application of the skills they learn at Lehigh.

Students must complete 40 hours of journalism and communication courses, which includes core courses and a 4-credit elective. They also are required to complete Math 12 Basic Statistics as well as either a second major or a minor outside the department.

Although the major is designed well for a student who does not begin taking basic courses until after their first year at Lehigh, here is one possible path for students wishing to get started early on major coursework. This should be considered more of a guide than a list of courses you must complete within the first two years.

Freshman Sophomore
JOUR 1 Brown and White (1 credit) JOUR 3 Brown and White (1 credit)
JOUR 2 Brown and White (1 credit) JOUR 4 Brown and White (1 credit)
COMM 1 Media and Society (4 credits) JOUR 23 Editing and Critical Thinking (4 credits)
JOUR 21 Writing for the Media (4 credits) JOUR 24 Visual Communication (4 credits)
MATH 12 Basic Statistics (4 credits) JOUR 122 Media Ethics and Law (4 credits)


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