Journalism Major

51 units

The journalism major offers an in-depth study of journalism, cultivating practical experience in writing, reporting, editing, and publication production and management. Three concentrations are offered: 

  • News and Storytelling
  • Media Studies
  • Sports Journalism

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete a journalism degree shall be able to, in a variety of settings:

  1. Generate excellent storytelling across a variety of media and platforms.
  2. Explain the history and theories of the media and the press which compel us to civic engagement as professional journalists, media practitioners, and scholars of the field.
  3. Apply ethical principles in the gathering and production of stories based on industry standards and Christian values that affirm people’s inherent worth. 
  4. Understand the fields of a variety of different media through interaction with journalists and media professionals, work experience, and various coursework.

Each concentration listed below carries additional Program Learning Outcomes specific to its focus.

News and Storytelling Concentration

  1. Demonstrate core journalistic competencies including interacting with sources, accuracy, proper grammar and spelling, research and interviewing skills.
  2. Practice skillful collaboration and interpersonal communication through editorial workshops as well as interaction with sources and publics.

Media Studies Concentration

  1. Demonstrate competency in traditional and new media literacy.
  2. Explain the relationship between communication technology and culture, as well as critique various schools of thought on technology and culture.
  3. Use communication and media skills to engage the culture and solve problems through digital storytelling, advocacy, and persuasion.   

Sports Journalism Concentration

  1. Practice a variety of sports writing, broadcasting, and digital dissemination for audiences to consume.
  2. Identify key roles and opportunities within the sports industry at all levels of sport.

Career Opportunities

To prepare for their career opportunities, students are required to complete a 3-unit communication internship prior to graduation. 

Journalism graduates often work as:

  • News bloggers/columnists
  • Freelance writers
  • Foreign news correspondents
  • TV news anchors
  • Print/digital reporters
  • Investigative journalists
  • Copy editors
  • Managing editors
  • News analysts
  • Media relations specialists
  • Copywriters
  • Videographers
  • Sports reporters/anchors
  • Podcast/radio show hosts

Program Requirements

To graduate, Journalism Major students must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 or higher in their major coursework.

Lower-division Core Requirements
COMM 111Public Communication 13
COMM 200Introduction to Mass Communication3
JOUR 210News Writing and Reporting3
JOUR 220Press Theory and Democracy 23
JOUR 230Digital News Gathering3
Upper-division Core Requirements
JOUR 300Editing3
COMM 305Writing 3: Writing for Communication 33
JOUR 305Media Law and Ethics3
JOUR 335Journalism Research Methods3
JOUR 435Media Entrepreneurship and Economics3
COMM 490Communication Internship 43
Area of Concentration18
Select one of the concentrations below
Total Units51

Areas of Concentration

News and Storytelling

JOUR 119Converged Journalism Workshop: Introduction1
JOUR 315Multimedia Publishing and Design3
JOUR 319Converged Journalism Workshop: Intermediate1
JOUR 419Converged Journalism Workshop: Advanced1
JOUR 430Public Affairs Reporting3
Select three courses from the following:9
Introduction to Public Relations
Audio Broadcasting
Television Journalism
Global Journalism and Media Systems
Entertainment, Religion, and Specialty Beat Reporting
Special Topics
Total Units18

Media Studies

JOUR 410Global Journalism and Media Systems3
JOUR 445Media Theory and Applications3
COMM 360Studies in Popular Culture3
Select three courses from the following:9
Entertainment, Religion, and Specialty Beat Reporting
Special Topics
History of Television and Digital Media 1
Film and Social Issues 2
Persuasion and Attitude Change
Introduction to Public Relations
Total Units18

Sports Journalism 

JOUR 119Converged Journalism Workshop: Introduction1
JOUR 315Multimedia Publishing and Design3
JOUR 319Converged Journalism Workshop: Intermediate1
JOUR 340Sports Writing and Broadcasting3
JOUR 345Sports Communication and Public Relations3
JOUR 415Communicating Sports History and Economics3
JOUR 419Converged Journalism Workshop: Advanced1
Select one of the following:3
Audio Broadcasting
Television Journalism
Total Units18