A focus on the acquisition of both reporting skills and the practices essential for the production of meaningful multimedia journalism.
You'll study the organization and operation of news industries as well as the social and professional issues faced by journalists, giving you a deeper understanding of journalism's role as a social force.
Our curriculum balances theory and practical experience, bolstered by foundational principles in ethics, diversity, and intercultural communication.
- Personal, one-on-one faculty advisers
- On-site television studio, radio station, student newspaper
- Internships locally and in Washington, D.C.
- Exceptional alumni networking
- Communication Club and Television Club
Alumni Career Paths:
- Local Newspaper Reporter
- TV Newscaster
- Broadcast TVN Network News Director
- News Website Editor
- Book Publishing House Editor
The Journalism concentration emphasizes the acquisition of both reporting skills and the practices essential for the production of meaningful multimedia journalism. Through an examination of the organization and operation of news industries, as well as social and professional issues encountered by journalists, students deepen their understanding of the role journalism plays as a social force. Elective courses in the concentration allow students to explore a variety of journalistic specialties.
Requirements for the Communication Major - 45 Credits
Required Major Core - 27 Credits
- COMM 0101 - Introduction to Mass Communication
- COMM 0102 - Introduction to Human Communication
- COMM 0201 - Introduction to Communication Technology
- COMM 0204 - Writing for the Media
- COMM 0207 - Communication Ethics
- COMM 0209 - Global Communication
- COMM 0221 - Communication Theory
- COMM 0307 - Communication Law
- COMM 0320 - Foundations of Communication Research
STUDENTS MUST ELECT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING CONCENTRATIONS. In addition to the required courses for each concentration, students are required to take electives, one of which must bear a COMM designation. If the concentration requires three or more electives, one of the remaining electives may be chosen from the approved elective list from any of the other concentrations.
Journalism - 18 Credits
Required - 9 Credits
Electives - choose three - 9 Credits
- COMM 0106 - Video Production I
- COMM 0202 - Introduction to Photography
- COMM 0206 - Video Production II
- COMM 0223 - Web Page Design and Construction I
- COMM 0230 - Audio Production I
- COMM 0233 - Documentary Film
- COMM 0240 - Communication History
- COMM 0308 - Multimedia Journalism
- COMM 0309 - Broadcast Journalism
- COMM 0312 - Media Criticism
- COMM 0316 - Special Topics in Communication
- COMM 0321 - Political Communication
- COMM 0325 - Photojournalism
- COMM 0329 - Crime and the Media
- CRJU 0329 - Crime and the Media
- COMM 0332 - Writing for the Interactive Media
- COMM 0342 - Public Relations Writing
- COMM 0375 - Journalism II
- ENGL 0375 - Journalism II
- COMM 0394 - News Editing
- COMM 0395 - Sports Writing
- ENGL 0276 - Writing About the Arts
- ENGL 0377 - Feature Writing
- ENGL 0392 - Business and Technical Writing
- ENGL 0395 - Sports Writing
Additional Graduation Requirements
All students must meet the University Graduation Requirements and complete a common core of studies, distributed among the different academic areas as detailed in the Common Core.
The Communication Department prepares students to be well-informed, responsible citizens and creative and ethical communication practitioners. The department is unique in offering this balance of theory and practice, which is manifest through our courses, our widely respected internship program, and our students’ involvement in a wide and diverse variety of campus and community organizations.
From the local to the global level, our students and graduates apply their knowledge and skills to pursue further knowledge, establish professional careers, and improve their communities.
Related Clubs & Organizations
The Westfield Voice Campus Newspaper
WSKB University Radio Station
The purpose of WSU-TV is to provide an on campus, student-operated television program that serves as a learning environment for students interested in television production