Bachelor of Arts in Journalism
This program prepares students for the realities of a career in print journalism. Course requirements center journalism in the liberal arts and provide students with a strong, practical background in feature writing, investigative reporting, creative nonfiction, media technology, and the ethics and history of journalism as a profession. In addition to courses specific to journalism, students will also develop a reporting specialization in a content area of their own choosing, through cross-disciplinary coursework and a capstone reporting internship at an area newspaper or news outlet.
Learning Outcomes for Journalism Majors
The B.A. in journalism will:
- Enable students to employ the best journalistic procedures and practices so that they will be able to write in a variety of styles including hard news, reportage, editorials, features, profiles and reviews.
- Acquaint students with current newspaper layout and production techniques and train them to line- and copy-edit for accuracy, clarity, concision, and style.
- Enable students to understand and apply basic ethical principles to their work in journalism and to properly understand the role, rights, and responsibilities of a free press in a democratic society.
- Enable students to gain entry-level positions and to function successfully in the professional environment of a daily or weekly publication.