The Program in Journalism is open to students of all majors. Students may apply for an undergraduate certificate from the program after having completed one journalism course with a grade of B or above. Students will normally apply during sophomore year but no later than the fall of junior year. Applications will be available in September 2018.

Interested students are encouraged to sign up for announcements and updates. Questions about the process may be directed to Margo Bresnen, Program Manager, at mbresnen@princeton.edu.

Certificate Requirements

To obtain the certificate, students must complete three requirements: coursework, an approved field experience, and participation in a senior colloquium.

1. Coursework

Students must complete at least five courses, with a grade of B or above, including:

  • At least one 200-level JRN gateway course selected from the following list. Gateway courses allow students to develop a common skill set and a core of shared concerns, practices, and ethical principles.
    The Media in America (SA) This seminar explores the challenges and opportunities that today’s rapidly evolving media landscape presents to freedom of the press, and to the democracy that the media serve. Discussion focuses on where news comes from and how citizens can best assess the credibility of individual news reports.
    The Literature of Fact (LA) Students in this course strive to identify and emulate the best writing in a variety of journalistic genres, from news analysis to arts criticism to foreign correspondence.
    Creative Non-Fiction (LA) This is a course in factual writing and what has become known as literary non-fiction, emphasizing writing assignments and readings of leading work in the genre.
  • At least two additional courses with a primary designation of JRN, at the 300- or 400-level.
  • At least two journalism-related courses, chosen from an approved list.

2. Fieldwork Experience

Students must participate in sustained journalistic activity for a minimum of six weeks, work involving reporting, interviewing, researching, and writing factual news stories outside the classroom and beyond the University. Examples include interning at a major news organization, independent reporting and writing projects advised by a Princeton journalism instructor, or successful completion of a summer journalism seminar taught abroad. To fulfill this requirement, field experiences must be approved by the program director.

3. Senior Colloquium

During their senior year, students must produce a piece of journalism based on field reporting or reflecting on the challenges facing modern journalists. They will present this work to peers and a jury of current and former Princeton journalism instructors at an interdisciplinary year-end colloquium.