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Frame Your Story at Medill

Undergraduate Journalism

Only one top 15 university offers an undergraduate degree in journalism. Take a Northwestern Direction to experience our life-changing degree.

If you are deeply curious about the world and want to research, report and produce journalism that matters, Medill offers the combination of a top-ranked university, a best-in-class journalism education and a Big Ten college experience.

Why study journalism at Medill?

At Medill, reporting and writing are just the start. You'll experiment with emerging media, explore global journalism and prepare not only to work in a changing media world but to lead it.

We believe in learning by doing. Whether you are passionate about social justice, politics, global affairs, entrepreneurship, technology, the arts or sports, you'll have the chance to develop those passions into expertise.

Medill's innovative curriculum allows you to solidify your writing and editing skills and explore your passions outside Medill. Our curriculum comprises three components:

  • Our core curriculum is built to put all first-year students on the same page. In these core courses, we'll teach you the Medill way of reporting, writing, editing and thinking critically.
  • In addition to those core classes, every student selects a concentration in a discipline outside Medill. Here, you'll explore your passion for political science, history, economics, a foreign language, computer science and much more. You'll take a wide variety of courses to ensure a well-rounded education.
  • Finally, we offer a wide variety of journalism electives. Choose courses that will help you build expertise in the areas you are most passionate about.

Global Opportunities

Students at La Nacion in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Global Journalism Residency

Spend a quarter abroad and earn credit toward your degree with our media internship partner organizations in Argentina, South Africa or Qatar. 

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Northwestern Study Abroad

Immerse yourself in a new culture at Northwestern's Qatar campus or at our partner campus, Peking University.

Featured Student Work

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Medill student documentary featured on PBS

Medill undergraduate students Colleen Cassingham and Alex Lederman filmed, directed, produced and edited "From Damascus to Chicago," a documentary featured on "POV," the PBS showcase of independent nonfiction film.

Read more about the documentary

Our Faculty and Alumni

Beth Bennett (MSJ97)

Beth Bennett
Associate Dean of Journalism

Beth Bennett is an award-winning producer and reporter with more than 15 years of experience in broadcast television news and video production. Her experience spans many areas of television news, including on-air reporting, studio/booth producing and field producing. Bennett is a Medill alumna.

Read Bennett's bio

J.A. Adande (BSJ92)

J.A. Adande
Director of Sports Journalism and Associate Professor

J.A. Adande was a columnist for for nine years, covering the NBA as well as serving as a sideline reporter for NBA games, and he was a panelist for ESPN’s “Around the Horn.” Adande is Medill alumnus.

Read Adande's bio

Sheinelle Jones (BSJ00)

Sheinelle Jones
Journalist and News Anchor

NBC "Today Show" weekend anchor Sheinelle Jones has used her Medill degree to work her way up the ranks at several local TV stations. Jones also earned a bachelor's degree in Spanish while at Northwestern. She returns to Medill regularly to network with students.

Meet more Medill alumni

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Study design innovation, digital communication and the intersection of technology and culture at our San Francisco campus, right in the middle of the Bay Area’s entrepreneurial culture. 

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Medill on the Hill

Spend a quarter in Washington, D.C., reporting on Congress, the White House, and federal policy and politics in our Medill on the Hill program. You'll work as a credentialed journalist, side-by-side with professional reporters.