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Journalism, Bachelor of Science

Mass Communication

Overview

Journalism is an ideal career for those interested in gathering, reporting and analyzing information — and putting that information into an entertaining, easily understood format. It is a competitive field that has changed dramatically over the last few years and is expected to continue changing as new technology is introduced.

Journalists play a vital role in how the public perceives local, national and international events. Careers in journalism require people who are independent, flexible, creative and highly innovative. Successful journalists are exceptional writers who are highly motivated and detail oriented.

You can prepare for these exciting opportunities by earning your Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from St. John’s University. Offered by the College of Professional Studies, the program prepares students for careers in all facets of Journalism, including print, broadcast and the Internet.

Competition for jobs is fierce in large metropolitan and national newspapers, broadcast stations and networks and magazines. Talented writers who can handle highly specialized scientific or technical subjects will have an advantage and St. John’s can provide you with that advantage.

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Courses

Major Area Requirements: 36 Credits

Required Coursework: 21 Credits from the following courses:

COM1002Multimedia Communication3
JOU1000Introduction to Journalism3
JOU1402Ethics and Law in Journalism3
JOU2300News Reporting and Writing for Print and Online Media3
JOU2307The Craft of Interviewing3
JOU2312News Reporting and Writing for Television and Radio3
JOU3300Feature Reporting and Writing3

Specialized Track: (6 Credits) Choose ONE track

Print Track: 6 Credits

JOU3301Copy Editing3
JOU4701Practicum I: Print and Online3

Broadcast Track: 6 Credits

JOU3312Advanced News Reporting and Writing for Television and Radio3
JOU4702Practicum II: TV and Radio3

Elective Courses: 9 Credits from any JOU electivesBusiness Area: 3 Credits:
3 Credits from one of the following courses:

ECO1001Principles of Economics I3
ECO1102Principles of Economics II3

Free Electives: 21 Credits

Other Liberal Arts Requirements: 18 Credits

3 Credits from the following course:

HIS1017Contemporary United States3

And 3 Credits in either or:

MTH1009Calculus I3
MTH1021Introduction to Statistics3

And 6 Credits in any ENG 1007-1072; not 1040And 6 Credits in Social Science Elective, chosen from any:

ANT Anthropology3
ECO Economics3
GOV Government3
HIS History3
PSC Political Science3
PSY Psychology3
SOC Sociology3

Core Requirements: 42 Credits

36 Credits from the following courses:

DNY1000CDiscover New York3
FYW1000CFirst Year Writing3
ENG1100CLiterature in a Global Context3
HIS1000CEmergence of a Global Society3
PHI1000CPhilosophy of the Human Person3
PHI1024Media Ethics3
PHI3000CMetaphysics3
SCI1000CScientific Inquiry3
SPE1000CPublic Speaking for the College Student3
THE1000CPerspectives on Christianity3
THE1040 SeriesTheology3
THE Any THE Elective3

And: Modern Foreign Language/Cultural Studies: 6 Credits from any second language

Career Outcomes

The Bachelor of Science Degree Program in Journalism prepares students for success in this exciting field by helping them to meet these critical objectives:

  • Gaining hands-on experience through internships at professional newspapers, magazines, public relations firms, advertising agencies, wire services, television or radio stations, broadcast networks or Internet news sites.
  • Acquiring a comprehensive knowledge of and skill in the established writing formats for all journalistic media.
  • Developing skills in researching and reporting news stories and gathering pertinent information.
  • Gaining preparation for graduate work in journalism and related fields

Global Approach to Education

Students also benefit from St. John's focus on an international academic experience. The University offers extensive study abroad courses during the academic year as well as the winter and summer semesters. Students can live and learn at St. John's Rome, Italy, campus and Paris, France, location.

Additional Information

Students majoring in Journalism at St. John's benefit from internationally acclaimed faculty with extensive contacts in New York City's multi-faceted newspaper, magazine, broadcast and communications industries.

These professors — along with St. John's alumni who are leaders in the field — provide Journalism majors with outstanding internship and job placement opportunities with newspapers, magazines, radio stations and other media throughout the New York metropolitan area.

Students also gain an academic and professional edge by joining any of St. John's more than 180 student clubs and organizations. Clubs that may be of special interest to Journalism majors include these:

  • The Torch: Weekly student newspaper (Queens campus)
  • Storm Front: Weekly student newspaper (S.I. campus)
  • Communications Club
  • Communication Arts Film Society
  • St. John's University Television Club (WRED)
  • WSJU-Radio
  • Advertising Society
  • Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture

Journalism majors also may apply to a variety of honor societies, including The College of Professional Studies Honor Society, which recognizes undergraduates for academic excellence and demonstrable involvement in their churches and communities.

Of course, students also benefit from outstanding University-wide facilities and resources for which St. John's is widely known.

Facilities include high-tech classrooms, up-to-date computer and science laboratories and a 1.7 million-volume University Library. Our new D'Angelo Center is a five-story, 127,000-square-foot University and Student Center with classrooms, lecture halls, a Starbucks Café.

Students take advantage of St. John’s location in dynamic New York City. Our faculty and Career Center have strong ties to employers and other professional and educational resources throughout the New York area. Students also make New York their classroom through innovative courses like Discover New York.