The journalism specialization offers students a sequence of courses that emphasize theoretical and practical approaches to the study of journalism. You will learn about the creation and production of news, writing and reporting skills, how to understand your audience, and how to critically evaluate the news. This gives you a great background for a career as a journalist, reporter, anchor, sportswriter, columnist, editor, producer, or news executive.
After completing your introductory courses in the major, you will choose from a series of theory courses that begin to build the foundation for your courses in journalism. At the advanced level, you will take Introduction to Journalism, which offers a broad survey of the field. This is the prerequisite for specialized topical and skills courses such as Broadcast Journalism, Sports Journalism, Journalism Practices, and Feature Writing. These advanced courses offer more focused coverage and allow you to customize your curriculum to your personal interests. You are also required to take at least one Media Production course and another from a different area. Just like with the other specializations, you will take an advanced research course and a capstone senior project course. Students specializing in journalism are also required to complete an internship. Please see the detailed curriculum below.
Students must complete the 3 required introductory courses:
Students must complete two (2) theory classes from the following:
Students must first complete the following class:
Then, students must choose two (2) additional Journalism classes from the following:
Students must choose one (1) 3000 level Media Production course. Aspiring journalists are encouraged to take more than one of these (or to double specialize in Media Production) in order to fill out their resume; however, they are required to take one of the following:
Students must choose one (1) additional 3000 level course from a third specialization area. Aspiring journalists are recommended (but not required) to choose one of the following courses:
Students must take either:
Students must complete the Capstone Course:
Students must also complete a Journalism Internship for this specialization. The Internship must be approved by the Associated Faculty.
Dr. Thomas Ksiazek
Associated Full-Time Faculty:
Dr. Thomas Ksiazek
Dr. Jie Xu
Prof. Jill Flanagan
Associated Professional Faculty:
97.5 The Fanatic, Sports Talk Radio Host; National Sports Columnist
NBC10/WCAU-TV, Morning Anchor; Villanova Communication Alum