Thinking about a major in Journalism?

The Journalism major is housed in the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication (HSJMC) which is part of the College of Liberal Arts. Students apply for this major after they are already enrolled at the University of Minnesota. If you are not a UMN student yet - contact the University's Office of Undergradaute Admissions

Wait, isn't Journalism just newspapers?

While you can work at a newspaper, you can do a lot more with this major! Journalism majors go on to successful careers in advertising, public relations, print/TV/online news, corporate communications, academics, advocacy, politics, government, publishing, the arts, research, and much more.

Within the journalism major, there are three tracks that connect to different types of work. When you apply for the major, you'll select one of these tracks based on your career interests:

Strategic Communication: Interested in advertising/public relations? This track teaches you how to craft messages and campaigns about product, brand, company, service or information.
Professional Journalism: This track is for students who want to inform the public through newspapers, television, radio, magazines, blogs, websites, mobile apps and social media.
Mass Communication: Thinking of grad school? Pick this track and research the economic, political, legal, and social aspects of mass communication, including advanced graduate or professional study.

What is Mass Communication?

Mass communication is the study of communicating with the masses, but is also about storytelling with strategy and purpose. The study of mass communication is centered around how messages persuade and affect the behavior and opinion of the person or people receiving the content.

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Still have questions?  Contact the pre-major advisor, Christine Mollen at or 612-625-0120