Please note that with the launch of a one-year curriculum for the Journalism master’s program of study, we now offer an ESC pipeline for students interested in journalism (including visual journalism) while continuing to offer the ESC dual degree for students interested in strategic communication. The curriculum below describes the requirements to pursue the ESC dual degree. Journalism pipeline students are still provided early access to register for the recommended MEJO courses below, but are not required to complete the three-course minimum.

To complete the dual degree program within five years, students should take up to three courses at the master’s level in their fourth year. While they are still officially in the bachelor’s program, they will take up to nine master’s credit hours that will subsequently be transferred to the master’s program. These nine master’s credit hours taken in your senior year cannot be doubled counted toward your undergraduate degree.

Undergraduate majors

The 120 hours taken during the undergraduate career for the Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies or Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science include both the required courses for the General College and 12 courses in the major.  These include a strong foundation in the basic sciences and additional track requirements or a five-course concentration:

  • B.A. in Environmental Studies
    • Agriculture and Health Concentration
    • Ecology and Society Concentration
    • Environmental Behavior and Decision-making Concentration
    • Population, Environment and Development Concentration
  • B.A. in Environmental Studies – Sustainability Track
  • B.S. in Environmental Science
    • Ecology and Natural Resources Concentration
    • Environment and Health Concentration
    • Water and Climate Concentration
  • B.S. in Environmental Science – Quantitative Energy Systems Track

The most recent undergraduate worksheets for these majors are on the E3P website.

Undergraduate UNC Hussman options

In addition to the required hours in environmental studies, students have three options for taking undergraduate courses in media and journalism that will prepare them for the rigors of the master’s program. The options are:

  • Major in media and journalism (Note: Courses taken for major should include the courses in the appropriate three-course minimum, listed below.)
  • Minor in media and journalism (Note: Courses taken for minor should include the courses in the appropriate three-course minimum, listed below.)
  • Three-course minimum as outlined below

Strategic Communication master’s program of study

Because one of the required MEJO undergraduate courses in strategic communication requires a prerequisite, students interested in the ESC dual degree must complete four total courses before applying for conditional admission at the start of their junior spring:

  • MEJO 137: Principles of Advertising and Public Relations
  • MEJO 332: Public Relations Writing
    • Requires MEJO 153: Writing and Reporting as a prerequisite
  • Choice between:
    • MEJO 475: Concepts of Marketing
    • MEJO 531: Case Studies in Public Relations

Journalism master’s program of study

Because ESC pipeline students interested in the Journalism master’s program of study apply alongside outside applicants for the new, one-year program, they do not seek conditional admission and therefore are not required to complete a certain number of MEJO undergraduate courses. However, the courses below are recommended to best prepare for the master’s program in each respective specialization. You may reserve spots in these courses by attending ESC advising sessions.

  • Interactive design journalism
    • MEJO 121: Introduction to Digital Storytelling
    • MEJO 182: Foundations of Graphic Design
    • MEJO 187: Foundations of Interactive Media
  • Public life reporting
    • MEJO 121: Introduction to Digital Storytelling
    • MEJO 153: Writing and Reporting
    • Choice among:
      • MEJO 157: News Editing
      • MEJO 252: Audio Journalism
      • MEJO 253: Introduction to Public Affairs Reporting
  • Video journalism
    • MEJO 121: Introduction to Digital Storytelling
    • MEJO 180: Foundations of Photojournalism
    • MEJO 489: Photojournalism, Lighting and Business Techniques