UNC has more than 30,000 students, close to 3,900 faculty, over 800 student organizations — and now, one fewer major.
At its last faculty meeting, the Hussman School of Journalism and Media decided to discontinue the business journalism major at UNC. The major was a dual program that incorporated classes from both the journalism school and the business school. Once available to students as a degree, it will now return to being a certificate program, as it was originally established.
“The way it was laid out back in the day is not something we could sustain,” said Charlie Tuggle, the senior associate dean for Undergraduate Studies at Hussman. “We reached out to Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal and several other newspaper companies to ask their opinions on whether we should continue business journalism as a major.”
Tuggle said transforming the business journalism major into a certificate that requires classes solely in the journalism school, rather than incorporating the business school and its curriculum, could benefit students. Previously, students took a variety of courses in the business school, journalism school and other departments to fulfill the major's requirements.
“The classes on our side, along with some new ones we have put on the books since business journalism was approved, would be a better mix,” Tuggle said. “We are going to encourage our business journalism certificate students to minor in the business school.”