Journalism Major

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The Journalism major, with a focus on public affairs reporting, offers a broadly based education in which the study of journalism is grounded in the liberal arts. This emphasis on critical thinking and historical perspective embraces the fundamental principle that a free press and an informed citizenry is essential for the success of a representative democracy.

The major also offers the challenge of entering the job market as prepared, professional journalists. It offers the career gateway skills of reporting, writing, and editing.

In addition, journalism student majors are encouraged to develop depth outside of journalism in such areas as computer science, economics, political science and sociology.

Mission - Vision - Values

Mission
The School of Communications and its major programs, in agreement with the universitys mission, educates students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies. The School of Communications curricula strive to accomplish this within a framework that integrates liberal and professional education. In concert, the mission of the Journalism program is to offer majors a broadly based education in which the study of journalism is grounded in the liberal arts and offers students an opportunity to engage their chosen profession by developing multi-media skills appropriate for entering a rapidly changing field.

Vision
A broadly based undergraduate education in which the study of journalism is grounded in the liberal arts, focused on public affairs reporting and dedicated to introducing and developing multi-media skills and news judgment appropriate for the profession of journalism in the 21st century.

Values
The journalism major values in-depth reporting and public interest journalism  all forms of print and electronic delivery  as it relates to free expression and the role of journalism in a democracy. The purpose of journalism is to provide people with the information they need to be free and self-governing.