Training students to work in the global information environment is more important than ever.

Prof. Celeste González de Bustamante speaks to students at the Mexican border.

The Need for Global Journalism

Democratic societies and the news media are struggling with questions arising from the global information environment. Journalists who understand the factors that shape the collection, evaluation and dissemination of information in the United States and other nations are of crucial importance.

The School of Journalism provides exciting opportunities for students in global journalism through extensive faculty experience in foreign reporting, the school’s proximity to Mexico, study abroad opportunities in Italy, Costa Rica and the Middle East, and collaborations with international programs at the University of Arizona.

Undergraduate Specialty

Our B.A. in Journalism offers a Global Journalism track that provides undergraduates the chance to learn about journalism and news reporting on a global scale, including terrorism, Middle East, border conflicts, and much other international crisis. Courses include:

  • JOUR 402: Media and Terrorism 
  • JOUR 410: Latinx & the News Media in the United States
  • JOUR 426: Reporting the Middle East
  • JOUR 473: Reporting in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands
  • JOUR 496F: Media Coverage of International Crises
  • JOUR 496L: U.S. Press and Latin America
  • JOUR 493: Internship Specializing in Global Journalism

Students also have the opportunity to study abroad in Costa Rica or Italy.

Graduate Speciality

The Global Journalism specialty for our M.A. Program requires 9 credit hours in addition to the core journalism courses. Students take at least three of the courses listed below:

  • JOUR 502: Media and Terrorism
  • JOUR 526: Reporting the Middle East
  • JOUR 573: Reporting the U.S./Mexico Border
  • JOUR 596F: Media Coverage of International Crises
  • JOUR 596L: U.S. Press and Latin America
  • JOUR 597C: Reporting the World
  • JOUR 593: Internship specializing in global journalism
  • Study Abroad in Costa Rica, Italy or another country
  • One international class outside of Journalism

Dual master’s degrees in Latin American Studies and Middle Eastern and North African Studies provide students the opportunity to develop valuable specialties.

B.A. and M.A. in Studies of Global Media (Online)

Starting in spring 2021, these degree programs through Arizona Online will prepare students to analyze, verify, study and communicate information about varying global issues in an effective, ethical and culturally aware manner. Students will explore how various forms of media connect the global community on the big challenges of the day, such as the impact of climate change, poverty, inequality, the pandemic, record numbers of refugees and political discord. Find out more about the B.A. degree and the M.A. degree.

M.A in Bilingual Journalism

Starting in fall 2021, this cutting-edge program offers professional and academic training for students who want to report about and/or for Latinx communities in the United States and abroad. The program is offered by the School of Journalism in collaboration with the Center of Latin American Studies, the Department of Mexican American Studies and the Department of Spanish & Portuguese. More details

Faculty Expertise

The school features faculty with decades of experience reporting from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. 

See Global Media Faculty