Bachelor of Arts: Journalism
Are you interested in covering local, national and world events and writing about the community in which you live? Would you like to learn how print, online, broadcast and social media converge in this exciting field
If you answered yes to these questions, the Journalism program at Concordia University Chicago could be a perfect match for you. Our unique program focuses on the writing, communication, social media, broadcast and print skills necessary for success in today’s world of journalism.
We offer courses that prepare you for working in all forms of journalism, writing for a range of traditional and new media, and working with public relations and publishing.
Journalism has shifted significantly in the past few years to embrace the digital age, Even at traditional newspaper, magazine and broadcast outlets, more and more journalists relying on the Web, blogs, video and social media tools like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Flickr to gather information, report the news, and engage with sources and audiences.
Our journalism program focuses on the foundational skills of proper reporting, editing and analysis with emphasis on convergent media—preparing you for a future with multiple career options in journalism and communication. This includes print, broadcast, online and magazine journalism; traditional and online publishing; corporate or not-for-profit communication; public relations; media relations; and more.
We train our future journalists how to research, write and craft stories for print or visual media and critically use the Internet and other new media platforms while applying traditional journalism practices and ethics. We will prepare you to fit into the ever–evolving media world.
The scope of our program also makes it a perfect minor for many majors here at Concordia-Chicago. Today's journalists work in a range of specialized fields in the arts, sciences, education, mathematics, and many others.
General Course Information
Required courses cover the fundamentals of journalism. Creative courses in photojournalism, magazine writing and feature writing will further build upon your skills. You may also choose electives in television production, desktop publishing, graphic design, public relations and more.
Our courses strongly encourage writing and oral communications skills for unbiased reporting and investigation skills for constructing newsworthy stories. You will examine trends in journalism and how to remain “in the know” in this ever-changing field.
If you choose to minor in journalism, you are required to take courses covering the fundamentals of journalism.
As part of your coursework, you will take two required practicum courses and complete an internship. These provide you with hands-on working experience in the field.
Our location near downtown Chicago gives you access to internship opportunities in one of the nation’s largest media markets, including major newspapers, national magazines, international media bureaus, Fortune 500 companies, online journalism outlets, not-for-profit organizations, publishing companies, and more.
Our campus newspaper, The Spectator, also provides a great opportunity to build a journalism portfolio. You can write, edit and lay out news, features, reviews, opinion articles and more. You can also learn the process of publishing as an editor of the paper, and fine-tune your new media skills with the paper’s online presence.
Our campus broadcast station WCGR is completely student-run, allowing you to experience the radio and television worlds. Check out WCGR Radio and WCGR TV.