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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Media, Film & Journalism Studies

Professor David Coppini works with students during the 2019 Colorado Migrahack

Undergraduate Degrees

Journalism Studies

The broad field of journalism is changing fast. Spurred on by technological advances and changes in consumer behavior, journalists must now be equipped to produce content for a variety of platforms, including print, online, television, radio and mobile.

The Bachelor of Arts in Journalism Studies prepares you to enter the field with a solid core of writing, editing, new media technology and ethical training. You'll learn the fundamentals of journalism for newspapers, magazines, radio, television and new media.

Two MFJS graduate students make a list of goals at department orientation

Instruction focuses on developing news judgment, writing accurately and fairly and understanding the complexities of media writing. You will gain knowledge and develop skills in collecting and relaying information and acquiring speed and versatility in producing stories for print, broadcast and the internet. A solid understanding of media ethics and personal responsibility is also stressed. All of the skills you learn in the program can be applied to both traditional and digital media.

Internships are an important--and required--part of the journalism degree. You are required to complete one internship with an off-campus media outlet to further hone your skills. A full list of student internship opportunities are available on the MFJS website under the Internship Program section.

Developing a specialization area also increases your employment opportunities. To help develop such an area, we encourage you to select a second minor area of study to complement your journalism instruction.


If you joined the major in the 2016-2017 or the 2017-2018 school year, use this form: Journalism  Studies Coursework Plan, 2016-2018

If you joined the major in the 2018-2019 school year, use this form: Journalism Studies Coursework Plan, 2018-2019

If you joined the major in the 2019-2020 school year, use this form:  Journalism Studies Coursework Plan 2019-2020

If you joined the major in the 2020-2021 school year, use this form:   Journalism Studies Coursework Plan 2020-2021

Click here to see a full list of Media, Film & Journalism Studies courses and course descriptions.

Get Involved

Opportunities for involvement across DU are available to Media, Film & Journalism Studies students hoping to hone their journalism, media, and film skills outside of the classroom. Our students participate in a variety of extracurricular activities, working with classmates, faculty, and alumni to gain experience and have fun.

The Clarion Student Newspaper

The Clarion has been the main source of DU news for the University's campus since 1899. It is staffed entirely by DU students with the Media, Film & Journalism Studies department's Professor Andrew Matranga as the faculty advisor. Read The Clarion


DU Media

The Department of Media, Film & Journalism Studies is excited to announce a new outlet and learning experience for students — DU Media. DU Media is a collaborative project that brings Media, Film and Journalism Studies faculty and students together to publicize students' work and help them with experiential learning. In addition to valuable learning experience, DU Media provides students with a career-building platform for their work. DU Media features short movies, documentary films, photographs, infographics, news reports and written articles — and it plans to keep expanding.

DU Media is seeking student volunteers to pitch ideas and produce projects. Currently, the outlet is only available to MFJS students, but will expand to all DU undergraduate and graduate students as it develops. Find out more online. 


 Project DU F.I.L.M.

Initiated in 2015 by Professor Sheila Schroeder, Project DU F.I.L.M. (Film Initiative Linking to Mentors) aims to pair existing Film Studies and Production students with professional alumni mentors to produce, shoot, edit and distribute a short fiction film shot on location in Colorado and a behind-the-scenes documentary about the process. Their first and second films, Happy F-ing Valentine's Day and Scary Lucy have won awards at film festivals internationally. They are currently working on their third film, Hunting Season. Learn more on the Project DU F.I.L.M. webpage and Facebook page.


Other Student Organizations

DU is home to 32 club sports, 6 intramural sports, 23 Greek organizations, and 142 other clubs and organizations. Find your fit on the Student Engagement website


Talk to Us

Ask us Anything

We are happy to answer any questions you have. 

  • Talk to our Communications Manager, Emily Schwartz
  • Talk to our Undergraduate Program Director, Dr. Rachael Liberman


How to Apply

                                  Start your online application!

 More information about the admissions process and what to expect can be found on the DU Admissions website.

Application deadlines:

  • November 1st: Early Action AND Early Decision I deadline
    (Submit either the Pioneer Application or Common Application)
  • January 15th: Regular Decision AND Early Decision II deadline
    (Submit either the Pioneer Application or Common Application)
  • Applications submitted after January 15 will be considered on a case-by-case, space-available basis.


How to Declare a Major

Ready to start earning your degree? Declare or change your major or minor by submitting this form to the Office of the Registrar: 

Major Change Form

Please note that students are not currently able to double-major within the MFJS Department (e.g. be a Journalism Studies and Media Studies double major).


Important Details 

Academic Calendar
  • The University of Denver operates on the quarter system, rather than the semester system. Each quarter is 10 weeks long. 
    • Fall Quarter: mid-September through mid-November
    • Winter Quarter: January through mid-March
    • Spring Quarter: mid-March through May
    • Summer Quarter: mid-June through mid-August (summer courses are offered, but not required)
  • 2019-2020 Academic Calendar (PDF)


Undergraduate Bulletin

The Undergraduate Bulletin serves as the governing document for University's undergraduate academic programs, courses and policies.

DU Undergraduate Bulletin