Earn Your Journalism Degree at UW

Hone your storytelling skills and prepare for a rewarding career in the journalism field.

Do you enjoy telling stories with words or images? Are you passionate about pop culture or the ever-changing world of politics? Journalism majors at the University of Wyoming learn to craft compelling stories through various forms, including writing, video, photography, public relations, graphic design and others.

What is Journalism?

Our journalism program is flexible, molding to meet the interest of different students. The core courses are oriented toward practical training in the general journalism field, and the elective courses will enhance your writing and other skills like graphic design or photography.

Journalism majors will have a solid background in many different skill sets that employers are looking for or have a foundation to start their own businesses.

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Concentrations are not required for the journalism major. However, students are free to select a focused area of study that interests them. 

Concentration Options:

  • Reporting
  • Advertising/Public Relations
  • Visual/Multimedia
  • Media & Society
  • Marketing Communication 

Journalism students take a variety of helpful courses as they discover which career path is best for them. A few popular courses include:

  • Feature Writing
  • Advertising
  • Public Relations
  • Graphic Design
  • Digital Video Production
  • Multimedia Production
  • Investigative Reporting

View the full bachelor of arts in journalism degree program curriculum.

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What Can You Do With a Journalism Degree?

The journalism degree is designed to prepare students for careers as professional storytellers in a range of contexts, from local news to advertising and beyond. The skills you'll acquire at UW's journalism program will prepare you for the following careers and more.

Journalism Careers

These are just some of the fields you could work in with a degree in journalism:

  • Writers
  • Editors
  • Designers
  • Photographers
  • Content managers
  • Advertisers
  • Social media managers
  • Public relations professionals
  • Reporters
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Examples of where University of Wyoming journalism alumni are working and making a difference:

  • National Park Service, Yellowstone
  • University of Wyoming
  • Speak Up Consulting & Coaching in Florida
  • The Laramie Reporter
  • TaylorMade Golf Company, San Diego
  • KCTV5 in Kansas City
  • Laramie County Community College
  • CSPAN in Washington, DC
  • REMAX Capital Properties in Cheyenne
  • University of Houston
  • University of Wyoming Foundation
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Journalism Bachelors Degree Program Highlights

The world will always need journalists because the world always needs new stories. In addition to refining your storytelling chops, here are a few reasons you will love the journalism program at UW.


Internships are required for journalism majors. Each semester, the department puts out a list of available internships in the Laramie area, but students can work with the internship coordinator to have their internship count in any location if it has a journalism orientation. Internships are vital to applying classroom learning to the job arena. Many journalism courses have service or applied learning in which students work with clients to solve problems in their organizations. For example, Wyoming Public Radio is an organization on campus where students can learn podcasting, on-air production, news and social media, depending on their interests.

Honor Society

The Communication and Journalism Department has an honor society, Lambda Pi Eta, that junior and senior majors with strong GPAs can engage in. The honor society is a great opportunity to connect with students in the major, as well as learn more about professional topics and have strong access to the COJO faculty. For current news, visit Lambda Pi Eta's Facebook and Instagram!

Journalism Scholarships

Several scholarships are offered specifically to journalism majors; these are awarded through the Scholarship and Financial Aid Office.

Networking & Events

Looking to get plugged in with a strong journalism community? Our department of Communication and Journalism offers numerous events throughout the year that allow students to connect and build impactful relationships. Check out our Instagram and Facebook for the most current news.

The University of Wyoming journalism program is the reason I have had the opportunity to work in public radio—which was always a dream of mine. The program allowed me to intern with Wyoming Public Radio, which in turn opened doors for me at the NPR headquarters in Washington D.C. Five years after graduating from UW, I still hear from my mentors and professors and can depend on them for career guidance, references and moral support. I’m always proud to share that I received my journalism degree at the University of Wyoming.

- Caitlyn Tan
Wyoming Public Radio, Energy & Natural Resources Reporter

Contact Us

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COJO Department

Ross Hall Rm. 223/224

1000 E. University Ave., WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-3122

Email: cojoofc@uwyo.edu