The Bachelor's in Journalism and Media Studies degree is a mix of hands-on professional courses and theoretical courses that allows students a choice between two related but distinct concentrations. Students in the journalism concentration will complete coursework in online, broadcast and print journalism and are thus prepared for work in today's multimedia news environment. Students in the media studies concentration gain the objective knowledge, tools and skills to analyze, evaluate and create messages using all forms of media technologies to prepare for graduate study as well as for work in the media industries and careers involving mediated communications.
The Bachelor's in Journalism and Media Studies offers students a choice between two concentrated areas of study:
The Journalism concentration is targeted to students who intend to work in today’s multimedia news environment in online, print, or broadcast media as writers, editors, reporters, designers, photographers, or columnists. Coursework crosses publishing platforms (broadcast, print, and online) and is taught by faculty with extensive media experience. Requirements include an internship at a media operation in the student’s interest area and a final reporting project.
The Media Studies concentration is targeted to students interested in exploring the media and their effects and avenues of influence in society, politics, and culture. Media Studies provides students with the objective knowledge, tools, and skills needed to access, analyze, evaluate and create messages using all forms of media technology. The program prepares students for graduate study as well as for work in media industries.
Students must have completed COMM 201 Communication in the Info Age or its equivalent with a grade of C or better to begin their studies as Journalism and Media Studies majors. No grades below C are accepted for courses in these concentrations.
The Torch is the University's student-run weekly newspaper; The Blaze is the student-run internet broadcast radio station; and, The Fire is our start-up, student-run video channel. All student-run media are advised but not edited by a member of the journalism faculty. All Roosevelt students are eligible to work for any of these three media outlets.
“I broke into a top 100 market the month after I graduated from college and I have my Roosevelt journalism professors to thank for preparing me well for this experience.”