Students in our digital-first Journalism program become more than just great writers. Through rigorous coursework and real-world experience at internships, you’ll learn how to gather news, report current events in an ethical manner on digital, print and electronic platforms.

Degree Requirements

The Journalism Major

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Students who declare Journalism as a major must complete COMM 101, COMM 310, and JOUR 170 with a grade of C- or higher in order to continue in the program.

Majors pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Journalism must satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements and the College speech requirement, COMM 210. In addition, students must successfully complete 14 major courses, including a Portfolio and a sufficient number of electives to total 120 credits. Majors are encouraged to apply electives toward a minor or second major.

Foundation Courses

COMM101Introduction to Mass Media
COMM240Digital Communication: Technology, Modes & Methods
COMM295Mass Communication Theory and Criticism
COMM310Media Law and Ethics
and one of the following required Internships:

Required Courses

JOUR170News I: Basic Journalism
JOUR270Journalism and Society
JOUR355Digital Journalism I
JOUR370News II: Advanced Journalism and Lab
JOUR455Digital Journalism II
JOUR470Journalism Capstone + Portfolio
and three (3) additional courses, at least one of which must be at the 300-level or above from the following offerings, some of which have prerequisites*:
JOUR280Feature Writing
JOUR299Special Topics in Journalism
JOUR315Introduction to Photojournalism
JOUR320Broadcast News
JOUR430Special Topics in Journalism
JOUR490Cultures in Contact
FILM270Documentary Film*
VARTS261Foundations of Photography
POLSC303Politics and the Media
POLSC361State and Local Government*

To read more about our academic offerings, or to view full course descriptions, please refer to our University Catalog.

Student Learning Outcomes

Journalism has traditionally been a professional program that trains students in the professional standards required of a journalist at an entry-level position in the news media industries. Our program thus prepares students who, upon graduation, will be able to demonstrate: 

  • Strong news judgment and ethical news gathering and reporting.
  • Knowledge of news media industries.
  • An understanding of news media history and journalistic practices.
  • The ability to report and write according to the standards of the news profession.
  • The ability to record and edit audio-video content for online publication.
  • The ability to report on digital media platforms.
  • An understanding of media theory.
  • Innovative thinking in the application of critical and analytical skills in news production.
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Embodying a Reporter

Chelsea Boulrisse, RWU Class of 2016

When Chelsea Boulrisse landed a job in Wabash, Indiana as a reporter, she knew her first months would be spent establishing herself as a trusted journalist in the community. With her comprehensive degree from RWU, Chelsea did just that.

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