What will I learn?
The Journalism Program offers students an interdisciplinary foundation in the basic theory and skills necessary to become media practitioners and more informed media consumers.
Students have the opportunity to pursue internships and independent projects that allow them to have real world experience in the mass media professions. Graduates of this program have gone on to a variety of careers in the media field, including those in advertising, corporate communication, public relations, journalism, and broadcasting. Students interested in graduate studies have also advanced to graduate schools across the country.
The Mass Communication Program prepares students to be able to do the following:
- To demonstrate effective speaking and listening skills for communication in personal, public, and media areas.
- To demonstrate effective writing skills for communication in personal, public, and media areas.
- To demonstrate the ability to observe events, gather information, write news reports and news releases, report on events, and edit other people’s writings.
- To demonstrate the ability to understand the media critically and recognize how media shape and are shaped by politics, society, culture, economics, and daily lives.
- To demonstrate the ability to recognize the power of persuasion and ethical responsibilities of communicators in communication at all levels.
- To demonstrate an understanding of the roles of communication in fostering interaction and interdependence across gender, race, and culture.
- To demonstrate the ability to apply communication theories to analyze contemporary problems.
- To demonstrate an understanding of the history, development, and practice of the print media, electronic media, and the new media.
Students have the opportunity for internships and independent projects that allow them to have real world experience in mass media professions prior to graduation. Graduates of this program have gone on to work in a variety of careers in the media field, including those in advertising, publishing, public relations, journalism, etc.
Career tracks: Journalist, New Media Specialist, Social Media Specialist, Broadcaster, Disc Jockey, Photojournalist, Magazine/ Newspaper Editor, Publisher, Freelance Reporter, Camera Operator, Campaign Manager, Actor, Advertising, Author, Motivational Speaker, Sportscaster/ Promoter, Public Relations Specialist.
The Journalism concentration is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career as a reporter or news commentator. The Mass Communications department brings together journalists with impressive careers in journalism and has a special interest among those who teach part-time in the journalism program. Students in the program have gone on to work for national newspapers and by media outlets including The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Indianapolis Star, The Boston Globe, The Washington Times, The Dow Jones Newspaper Fund and ESPN. One recent graduate of the program now owns and operates a successful regional magazine for Southern Connecticut.