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Curriculum

The MSJ Social Justice and Investigative Reporting curriculum provides you with a solid foundation in the principles of modern journalism as well as in-depth subject area knowledge in reporting on social justice issues and conducting investigative reporting. You’ll also have an opportunity to take a few additional elective courses that match your interests and career goals.

In addition to coursework, the MSJ program offers a variety of experiences that enable you to travel to different cities and countries, gain additional skills, meet alumni and industry professionals, and plan for post-graduation.

Course Overview

Quarter Overview

Quarter 1 (summer)

  • Take core MSJ courses.
  • Participate in Medill Fridays events, including speakers, interactive workshops, career-preparation seminars and community-building activities.

Quarter 2 (fall)

  • Take a core MSJ course, a specialization-specific course and an elective course.
  • Participate in Medill Fridays events, including speakers, interactive workshops, career-preparation seminars and community-building activities.

Quarter 3 (winter)

  • Take specialization-specific courses and elective courses.
  • Travel domestically or internationally with students in your specialization through Medill Explores to learn about health, environment and science reporting in other geographies.
  • Participate in Medill Fridays events, including speakers, interactive workshops, career-preparation seminars and community-building activities.
  • Engage with Medill Career Services and faculty on professional goal setting and planning for post-graduation.

Quarter 4 (spring)

In Evanston/Chicago or Washington, D.C.

  • Complete a practicum or thesis project or take elective courses. You may choose to complete your thesis project with the Medill Justice Project. You may also complete your thesis project at Medill's Washington, D.C. campus, where you will practice reporting in Washington with a focus on social justice issues.
  • Participate in Medill Fridays events, including speakers, interactive workshops, career-preparation seminars and community-building activities.
  • Continue to engage with Medill Career Services and faculty on professional goal setting and planning for post-graduation.

Optional Quarter 5 (summer)