Music and Journalism

Available Degrees

Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Science in Journalism


Northwestern offers the opportunity to earn in five years both a bachelor of music from the Bienen School of Music and a bachelor of science degree from the Medill School of Journalism. The program is intended to prepare students for journalism careers emphasizing music and arts reporting.

To be considered a candidate for the dual degree program, a student must apply for and be admitted to both schools. Students typically apply for admission to this program during the regular application process prior to matriculation. To apply after arriving at Northwestern, students should contact either the assistant dean for student affairs in the Bienen School and/or the director of student life in Medill for application procedures.

In addition to the Undergraduate Registration Requirement (URR), students must complete all Medill School degree requirements as well as all Bienen School degree requirements.

Curricular programs are developed after students arrive on campus, and students work closely with academic advisers from both schools to develop an individual curricular program. Each school enforces all of its policies regarding requirements. Most students follow a balanced curriculum in which about half of the coursework each quarter is done in each school.

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NOTE: Dual degrees pursuing a Bachelor of Music follow the music requirements on the major checklist and the distribution requirements for the Medill School of Journalism.