Accelerated Dual-Degree BS in Economics/MS in Journalism (3+1)

The Accelerated Dual-Degree BS in Economics/MS in Journalism (3+1) program offers highly motivated students an opportunity to earn a BS in Economics from the College of Arts and Sciences and an MS in Journalism from the School of Communications in just 4 years. Both degrees are completed in full without compromise. Students continue to have the ability to study abroad or engage in a program such as QU in DC.

This program offers advantages to students who have a passion for economics and ambitions for a career in journalism. The study of economics develops a student’s critical thinking and analytical skills. The program is designed so that students, in consultation with their adviser, develop areas of inquiry to engage in a deep exploration of current issues. With the foundation of economic coursework, students are equipped with the knowledge and insight that lead to high-quality journalistic work particularly with application to the field of economics.

Examples of jobs that 3+1 students would be uniquely qualified for include: data journalist, economics news reporter, economy reporter, growth and economy reporter, labor and economics reporter, economics writer/editor and economic development reporter. By pairing their passion for journalism with the foundation of economics, students substantially increase their employability and job prospects upon graduation.

Accelerated Dual-Degree BS/MS (3+1) Program of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
EC 111 Principles of Microeconomics 3
EN 101 Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing 3
FYS 101 First-Year Seminar 3
MA 170 Probability and Data Analysis 3
Foreign Language 101 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits18
Spring Semester
EN 102 Academic Writing and Research 3
EC 112 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
EC 272 Advanced Applied Statistics 3
Foreign Language 102 3
Fine Arts Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits18
Summer Semester
Humanities Elective 3
Fine Arts (AR) or Science (SC) (no lab) 3
 Credits6
Second Year
Fall Semester
EC 211 Intermediate Microeconomics 3
EC Electives 6
Natural Science with Lab 4
Humanities Elective 3
JRN 260 News Writing 3
 Credits19
Spring Semester
EC 212 Intermediate Macroeconomics 3
EC 365 Econometrics 3
EC Elective 3
JRN 275 News Reporting 3
Personal Inquiry Elective 3
Free Electives 5
 Credits20
Summer Semester
Free Electives 6
 Credits6
Third Year
Fall Semester
EC 450 Senior Seminar 3
JRN 380 Fundamentals of Digital Journalism 3
JRN 501 Reporting and Fact-Checking 3
or Free Elective
 
CAS 420 CAS Integrative Capstone 3
EC Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits18
Spring Semester
Free Electives 18
 Credits18
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
JRN 504 Digital Essentials 3
JRN Graduate Electives 6
 Credits9
Spring Semester
JRN 546 Digital News Production 3
JRN 552 Media Law and Ethics 3
JRN 600 Capstone Proposal 3
JRN Graduate Elective 3
 Credits12
Summer Semester
JRN 601 Capstone Project 3
JRN Graduate Elective 3
 Credits6
 Total Credits150

Student Learning Outcomes 

Upon completion of the undergraduate program, students will achieve the following competencies:

1.  Knowledge of Economics: Students demonstrate and can apply the core theories of economics.

2.  Quantitative Reasoning: Students develop the ability to represent mathematical information symbolically, visually, numerically and verbally, and to interpret mathematical models such as graphs, tables and schematics to draw inferences. They also develop an ability to use arithmetical, algebraic, geometric and statistical methods to solve social and business problems.

3.  Critical Thinking: Students develop the ability to recognize problems and to acquire, assess and synthesize information to analyze social and business problems.

Upon completion of the MS in Journalism program, students should be able to demonstrate the following competencies:

1.  Understand professional journalistic practices, ethical standards and technologies and be able to apply reason to develop ideas within these structures.

2.  Analyze information based on journalistic practices of research, interviews and observation.

3.  Evaluate information in determining the story’s narrative structure and reach via social media and other applications.

4.  Report and compose a story, either visual, multimedia or text, that informs, enlightens, entertains and is useful to the reader or audience within professional journalistic reporting and writing practices and ethical standards

Admission Requirements: College of Arts and Sciences

The requirements for admission into the undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences programs are the same as those for admission to Quinnipiac University.

Admission Requirements: Accelerated Dual-Degree BS/MS in Journalism (3+1) 

The Accelerated Dual-Degree BS/MS in Journalism (3+1) program does not have a separate application process. Students admitted to the College of Arts and Sciences who meet the program criteria will be invited to enter the program.  To be considered for this accelerated program, students generally must be ranked in the top 20 percent of their high school class, and must have a total SAT score (critical reading and math) of 1200 or higher, or an ACT composite score of 27 or higher.  

Admission to the university is competitive, and applicants are expected to present a strong college prep program in high school. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to file an application as early in the senior year as possible, and arrange to have first quarter grades sent from their high school counselor as soon as they are available.

For detailed admission requirements, including required documents, please visit the Admissions page of this catalog.