School of Humanities & Behavioral Science

Journalism

Whether it focuses on breaking news, in-depth reporting, sports, or arts and entertainment coverage, journalism involves the art of storytelling. Our journalism major emphasizes telling stories with clarity and purpose, in a variety of media. Since the major is “complementary,” students pair it with a primary major in another area of interest—such as, but not limited to, political science or history.

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Program Options

Complementary Major

Complementary major just means that this particular major must be completed alongside another major at Anderson University. Students can pair it with a variety of academic endeavors in which they are interested in to earn their degree from AU. Complementary majors are often more in-depth than minors and this academic option will allow you to explore more than one topic that you are interested in while you study at AU.

Minor

Complete 18-hour minor with the Department of Communication and Design Arts.

Classes

What courses will I take?

Among the classes in the 30-hour major are:

  • Writing for the Media
  • Visual Communication
  • Advanced Newswriting and Reporting
  • Advanced Features and Magazine Writing
  • Communicating Effectively Through Social Media

View the complete curriculum.

Careers

What kind of jobs can I anticipate after graduation?

Graduates with journalism, writing and storytelling skills find jobs in a variety of areas, including:

  • traditional print
  • broadcast and online journalism
  • writing
  • editing
  • sports information
  • book publishing
  • associated fields such as public relations
Experience

As a journalism major, you’ll produce print and multimedia stories in your classes and for the student newspaper, the Andersonian. Many students take paid staff positions on the newspaper as editors, writers, photographers, and designers. You could expect to take an internship as a required part of your major.