Admission to the School of Journalism

Students wishing to major in journalism may declare themselves journalism majors in the University Division at Bloomington or the University College at Indianapolis during their first year at IU and may take J110 Foundations of Journalism and Mass Communication. At the Indianapolis campus, students may also take J100 Computer Methods in Journalism during their first year. Before seeking admission as a major in the School of Journalism, students must complete a minimum of 26 credit hours of undergraduate course work, including the following:

  • J110 Foundations of Journalism and Mass Communication with a grade of C or higher
  • English Composition with a grade of C or higher or exemption
  • One semester of a foreign language
  • One fundamental skills mathematics course with a grade of C or higher or exemption. Recommended: Math M118, A118 or D116-D117.

Students wishing to become journalism majors are expected to have computer literacy, but there is no course or competency exam required for admission. Those who cannot demonstrate competency with word processing may be required to take a jump-start course before advancing in JOUR J100, J200, or J210.

Students meeting these requirements with a cumulative grade point average of 2.20 (FX will be calculated as F) will be considered for admission to the School of Journalism. Each year the school will admit students, based on their grade point average, as the school's physical space, instructional equipment, and faculty/staff resources permit.