This is an archive of the 2017-2018 University Catalog.
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This is an archive of the 2017-2018 University Catalog.
To access the most recent version, please visit

Mission Statement

The Department of Journalism strives to prepare its students to become well-educated, principled citizens, who are capable of initiating careers as skilled journalists, public relations practitioners and other related communication professionals.

Vision Statements


Learn to be excellent writers and communicators who tell factual stories in a variety of forms and platforms for a diverse public and whose work reflects creativity, innovation, analytical thinking, ethics and democratic values.


Innovate to produce excellence in teaching, research, service and creative activities.


Foster culture of collaboration among students, faculty, staff, alumni and diverse communities to become a resource, a town square and a network for those interested in journalism.

Academic Advisement

Advisement is an important element in every student’s university experience. Students in the Journalism undergraduate and Mass Communication graduate programs are assigned an advisor at the time of entry. Advisement is required each semester of all undergraduate majors and minors. The department staff advisor meets regularly with freshmen and sophomores, while faculty advisors confer with juniors and seniors during office hours scheduled for advisement purposes.


The Bachelor of Arts in Journalism is designed for students who seek careers in a wide variety of contemporary news media options—digital and print (newspaper/magazine/freelance); photojournalism/visual communication and graphics; television and radio news; new and participatory and community/ethnic media—as well as public relations.


The undergraduate program has been accredited since 1967 by the National Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Credential Information

Standard elementary and secondary teaching credentials can be obtained by completing a double major in a University-approved waiver program, such as English. For details on the credential program, see the Credentials section of this Catalog.


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