Journalists play a central role in a free society. They break news of rapidly changing events, act as watchdogs for an informed citizenry, and provide context for understanding the world. The Certificate in Journalism teaches key journalism practices: reporting, writing, editing, critical thinking and ethical decision making. Students further apply and develop these skills through the exploration of a writing genre, media platform, business model or internship.
Journalism is grounded in liberal arts imperatives: analysis, clear and thoughtful writing and discourse, discerning use of information, ethical judgment and appreciation for human diversity. Students are encouraged to combine their certificate with complementary courses or degrees in the liberal arts, including anthropology, English, economics, history, political science and psychology. The Certificate in Journalism applies in whole to the Bachelor of Science in Integrated Studies professional track to pair journalism with liberal arts course work. University College undergraduate degree-seeking students may also pursue the Communications degree with a concentration in journalism (in lieu of the Certificate in Journalism).
Certificate in Journalism
The Certificate in Journalism is a 15-unit program of study that includes 12 units of required core courses and 3 units of elective courses.
Required Courses: 12 units
|JRN 211||Introduction to Journalism: Research to Writing||3|
|Comm 416||Communications Ethics and Law||3|
|JRN 345||Effective Editing||3|
|One additional 300-level writing course in Journalism or English Composition, including the following:|
|JRN 315||Sports Reporting and Writing||3|
|JRN 327||Audio Storytelling: From Podcasts to Newscasts||3|
|JRN 3161||Entertainment Journalism||3|
|JRN 356||Freelance Writing: Process, Publishing and Platform||3|
|JRN 322||Special Topics in Journalism: Writing about the World of Food||3|
|JRN 331||Travel and Outdoor Writing||3|
Elective Courses: 3 units
Choose one additional journalism elective — such as JRN 346 Shoot, Cut, and Upload: Create Media Like a Pro, JRN 381 The Business of Communications and Journalism or Comm 378 Communications Technology and New Media — or a media internship.