Bachelor of Arts/or Science in Journalism Objectives


The study of journalism at The University of Texas at Tyler prepares students for careers in news reporting and editing for newspapers, television, public relations, and other mass media. The department's graduates usually take jobs with businesses, government agencies, professional, and non-profit organizations. Other graduates enter advertising or areas of specialized communication such as writing about medicine, technology, or business. Still others are choosing careers in "new media" - interactive computer systems, and information distribution. The journalism major also is excellent preparation for law school.

The department offers the B.A. and B.S. in Journalism and the Master of Arts in Communication. The B.A. requires a foreign language sequence. The B.S. requires a set of courses in geography, economics, computer science, mathematics and/or science in place of the foreign language.

The study in journalism should be part of a broad and flexible education and the total educational experience is more important than any single part of it. Accordingly, more than seventy percent of a major's work must be done outside of journalism.

Students desiring teacher certification in journalism for Texas secondary schools must meet additional requirements that vary according to whether journalism is their first or second teaching field.


  1. B.A. in Journalism: 36 hours in journalism, 24 of which must be upper division; 18 hours in a minor; four semesters of a foreign language.
  2. B.S. in Journalism: 36 hours in journalism, 24 of which must be upper division; 18 hours in a minor; six hours of mathematics, science, economics, geography and/or computer science, in addition to those otherwise counted as lower-division preparation
  3. Minor in Journalism: 18 hours in journalism, 12 of which must be upper division
  4. Teacher Certification