The Visual Journalism Program emphasizes visual storytelling that addresses meaningful content within the global community. It teaches technical literacy in traditional and cutting-edge technologies. Each course builds upon an understanding of the visual storytelling process, and each course stresses the theoretical underpinnings and ethical foundations of the journalistic tradition.

Our internationally recognized faculty is a blend of award-winning professionals and distinguished researchers and includes two Knight Chairs specializing in Visual Journalism and Cross-Cultural Journalism. Alumni of the program include award-winning journalists working with major news organizations.


The educational objectives of the Visual Journalism Program require that students:

• Demonstrate knowledge of the workings of the diverse global communication marketplace and be able to identify the impact of historical, technological, ethical and sociological influences in the communication evolution.

• Demonstrate the ability to gather and chronicle community-based information using research, interpersonal interviewing skills and media technology tools.

• Demonstrate the development of a professional identity through the ability to articulate and practice the values, ethics, social responsibility and expectations of the profession.

• Demonstrate the ability to critically analyze one’s own creative work as well as the work of fellow students and professionals in terms of content and aesthetics.

• Demonstrate service to the campus and community at large through participation in the creation and delivery of content for the campus and community audiences.

• Demonstrate technical proficiency in visual storytelling using both traditional and cutting-edge technology.


The Bachelor of Science in Communication is offered in the Visual Journalism Program.


A Major is offered in Visual Journalism.

Each candidate for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Communication will complete School of Communication requirements including courses in the School’s General Education Required Areas of Study. Visual Journalism majors must also complete a second major or a separate minor in either a second Program of Study within the School or in an academic program outside the School.

Admission to the Visual Journalism major

Before admission as a Visual Journalism (CVJ) major, a student must:

A) Achieve sophomore standing;

B) Complete the five Core courses listed below, in residence at the University, all with grades of C or higher (C- is not acceptable.)

Students who have obtained the written approval of the Chair of Journalism and Media Management to use transfer credit to satisfy one or more requirements of that major may be required to complete additional courses in residence at the University before being admitted to that major.

Upon completion of a student’s first 45 University credits while enrolled in the School of
Communication, all University credits earned toward the major will be used in computing a student’s major cumulative quality point average; only those students with a cumulative average of 2.5 or higher will be admitted to a major.

A student who has completed 45 credits while enrolled in the School of Communication but who has not been admitted to one of the Communication majors may be dismissed from the School. A student who has completed 60 University credits while enrolled in the School but who has not been admitted to one of the Communication majors will be dismissed from the School. See PROBATION AND DISMISSAL.


Core Courses

COM 250 Freedom of Expression and Communication Ethics
CNJ 111 Introduction to News Media Writing
CVJ 106 Multimedia Design
CVJ 221 Introduction to Documentary Photography
CVJ 341 Web Design

Select one of the following courses:

CVJ 209 Introduction to Multimedia Storytelling
CMP 151 Introduction to Digital Production
CEM 245 Introduction to Electronic Media Production

Select one of the following courses:

CNJ 216 News Reporting and Writing
CNJ 595 Special Topics: Social Media for Journalists
CVJ 496 Internship in Visual Journalism

CVJ 331 Information Graphics and Visualization
CVJ 422 Programming for Interactivity
SoC elective (200-level or above)
SoC elective (200-level or above)
CVJ elective (300-level or above)
CVJ 419 Interactive Storytelling (Capstone)


CVJ 361 Advanced Documentary Photography
CVJ 435 Video Journalism
SoC elective (200-level or above)
SoC elective (200-level or above)
CVJ elective (300-level or above)
CVJ 419 Interactive Storytelling (Capstone)


VISUAL JOURNALISM MINOR: CVJ 106, CVJ 209, CVJ 221, CVJ 341, and one 300-level or higher course from one of the two tracks of specialization in Visual Journalism. A grade of C or better in all courses is required (a C- is not acceptable.)


School of Communication students may graduate with School Honors in Communication noted upon their diplomas and transcripts. Students should contact the School’s Office of Admissions, Academic & Alumni Services (2037 Wolfson Building) for details.

Students may receive recognition as graduates cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude if they meet the requirements set forth under GRADUATION HONORS in this Bulletin.