Bachelor of Arts in Journalism
Program Contact: Margarita Diaz 203-582-8785
The Quinnipiac undergraduate program in journalism 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 1||46|
|Required School of Communications core courses: 2|
|COM 120||Media Industries and Trends||3|
|COM 130||Visual Design||3|
|School of Communications Requirements|
|Global Issues and Cultures, select two courses||6|
|Additional courses outside of the SoC, one of which must be at the 200 level or higher||6|
|Seminars for Success|
|COM 101||Communications First-Year Seminar||1|
|COM 201||Media Career Development||1|
|Required Journalism Courses|
|JRN/SPS 106||Multimedia Production Techniques (SPS 106)||3|
|JRN 260||News Writing||3|
|JRN 263||Broadcast News Writing||3|
|JRN 275||News Reporting||3|
|JRN 380||Fundamentals of Digital Journalism||3|
|JRN 450||Senior Seminar||3|
|JRN 498||Journalism Capstone||4|
|COM 490||Communications Career Internship||3|
|Select four of the following, with at least two from the “writing-intensive” list:||12|
|The Art of the Podcast|
|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|
|Sports Reporting (SPS 361)|
|Advanced Digital Journalism|
|The QNN Newscast|
Other courses with chair's approval
|The Art of Journalistic Interviewing|
|The Story of Football (SPS 362)|
|Entrepreneurial Media (The MIC Project)|
|Social Media: Leveraging the Digital Age|
|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 & Society (SPS 420)|
|Writing for Strategic Communications|
Other courses with chair's approval
All students must complete the 46 credits of the University Curriculum.
Core must be completed by end of sophomore year.
Students enrolled in the 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.
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.