Bachelor of Arts in Journalism

Program Contact: Margarita Diaz 203-582-8785

The Quinnipiac undergraduate Bachelor of Arts in Journalism program focuses on the principles and practices of news writing and reporting across multiple platforms. The program’s mission is to prepare journalism professionals who are superior writers and can effectively report on the diversity of the human experience.

The wide range of elective courses enables students to focus on a specific medium (such as television) or news subject (such as sports) or take courses across platforms based on their interests and career goals.

BA in Journalism Curriculum

University Curriculum 146
Required School of Communications core courses: 2
COM 120Media Industries and Trends3
COM 130Visual Design3
COM 140Storytelling3
School of Communications Requirements
Global Issues and Cultures, select two courses6
Additional courses outside of the SoC, one of which must be at the 200 level or higher6
Seminars for Success
COM 101Communications First-Year Seminar1
COM 201Media Career Development1
Required Journalism Courses
JRN/SPS 106Multimedia Production Techniques (SPS 106)3
JRN 260News Writing3
JRN 263Broadcast News Writing3
JRN 275News Reporting3
JRN 380Fundamentals of Digital Journalism3
JRN 450Senior Seminar3
JRN 498Journalism Capstone4
COM 490Communications Career Internship3
Electives
Select four of the following, with at least two from the “writing-intensive” list:12
Writing-Intensive Electives:
The Art of the Podcast (SPS 280)
Mobile Journalism: the Future of News
Reporting for Television I
Special Topics in Journalism
Reporting for Television II
Telling Global Stories
Sporting Culture Through Nonfiction
Literary Journalism in the '60s
Watchdog Reporting
Sports Reporting (SPS 361)
Effective Editing
Narrative Journalism
Advanced Digital Journalism
Advanced Reporting
The QNN Newscast
Other courses with chair's approval
Other Electives
The Art of Journalistic Interviewing
The Story of Football (SPS 362)
Entrepreneurial Media (The MIC Project)
Broadcast Performance
Social Media: Leveraging the Digital Age
Screenwriting
Projects in Audio Production (EN 303 GDD 303)
Media and Society
Diversity in the Media (WS 311)
Media Users and Audiences (WS 345)
Sports, Media and Society (SPS 420)
Writing for Strategic Communications
Other courses with chair's approval
Minor Courses18
Total Credits124

Minor Requirement

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Journalism program are required to complete a minor (typically 18 credits) that will complement their career and/or personal interests. Students are encouraged to minor outside the School of Communications to acquire subject knowledge beyond their primary field of study, but may choose to minor in any program within or outside the School of Communications in consultation with their advisers.

Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate from the Department of Journalism will:

  • Demonstrate the ability to research, report, write, shoot and edit news stories that conform to professional journalism standards, including the ability to apply basic numerical and statistical concepts.
  • Demonstrate command of the techniques used to produce and present news in digital, broadcast and print environments, and understand the interconnectedness of these systems.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the history of journalism, its social responsibility and the underpinnings of its practice in a culturally and racially diverse society.
  • Understand the implications of the First Amendment and the role journalism plays in a democracy.
  • Engage in the ethical practice of journalism.

Admission Requirements: School of Communications

The requirements for admission into the undergraduate School of Communications programs are the same as those for admission to Quinnipiac University.

Admission to the university is competitive, and applicants are expected to present a strong college prep program in high school. Prospective freshmen 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.