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Journalism, Broadcasting, and Digital Media, B.A., B.S.

The journalism, broadcasting, and digital media program is grounded in the liberal arts, offering students a balance of courses that integrate theory and practice, preparing them to succeed in a rapidly changing and expanding multimedia landscape.

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Students are admitted directly into this program.

Program Overview

The curriculum is flexible and includes both a strong core of course requirements and multiple elective offerings to allow students to pursue their particular media interests. It prepares students to enter the job market as journalists or other related media careers, developing gateway skills of reporting, writing and production in print, television, radio and online-based media.

Why Study Journalism, Broadcasting, and Digital Media at Grand Valley?

  • Students have opportunities to become involved in student media - newspaper, radio, and TV - to gain experience and prepare them for internships and related hands-on experiences.
  • The area is media rich, there is a top 40 TV market with four commercial stations, public TV/radio stations, and more than 50 radio stations. Area print media include four daily newspapers and 15 weekly newspapers, and many minority, arts, business, and other specialty publications. All area media produce and present Internet-based content.
  • Students may apply up to 15 internship credits toward the 120 needed for graduation.
  • Our faculty all possess experience in the field of journalism - including our permanent full-time faculty as well as our part-time adjunct faculty.
  • There is always a need for new media content, and multimedia journalism graduates leave GVSU ready to go to work satisfying the public's need to know.

Career Insights

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Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this major study at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.

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Beyond university requirements, students study a variety of core topics, including news and society, news reporting, journalism history, journalism law and ethics, broadcast news writing and production, advanced reporting techniques, and multimedia production and presentation. Electives include introduction to radio, feature writing, sports reporting, arts and entertainment reporting, technical writing, communication policy and law, photography, audio production, and more.

Combined Degree Programs

Many GVSU undergraduate programs can be combined with an existing master’s degree program to save on tuition and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, you can save $8,500 by pursuing a combined degree and take up to four fewer courses than if earning the degrees separately.

Talk with an advisor about how you can build your combined degree from existing programs to further personalize your education and create your own niche area of expertise.


Hands-on learning and other fieldwork not only deepen your mastery of your discipline but also give you the edge employers seek. Visit our experience matters page to see the work GVSU students are doing in their co-ops and internships.

Admission Requirements

Visit the Admissions website for undergraduate requirements.

For More Information

School of Communications
290 Lake Superior Hall
(616) 331-3668

Admissions and Recruitment Office