Journalism

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism

Today’s consumers want the news in every form—on their phone, in a podcast, through social media, on television. Auburn’s journalism program prepares students to tell stories through all news platforms, both digital and traditional.

With a B.A. in journalism, students develop a thorough foundation in how to research and report news and features and the importance of grammar, spelling, word usage, and Associated Press style. Students may choose to specialize in broadcast, community, digital technology, entrepreneurial/business, health and science, investigative, magazine, sports, or visual journalism. Since the tools journalists use to tell their stories are always changing, journalism students become up-to-date on the latest software, digital technology, social network sites, and Web design. Students become multi-platform content creators who can produce and edit broadcasts, audio stories, and Web videos; design newspaper and magazine pages; and create websites. Those interested in broadcast journalism are able to take courses in our state-of-the-art television station, which opened in 2013 in conjunction with our partnership with Raycom Media. Our majors get additional hands-on practical experience through working at the student newspaper, television station, radio station, magazine, or yearbook.

Journalism students can expect to be prepared to work in a variety of media outlets such as television stations, newspapers, magazines, online news sites, radio networks, and other communication companies. The foundation offered by Auburn’s journalism program prepares graduates to successfully report the news in the varied forms it takes.

Learn more about the path towards a degree and career in journalism from the Career Center’s Pathways.

Minor in Journalism

A minor in journalism & requires a total of 18 hours of coursework including:

  • three foundational communication courses
  • three specialty journalism courses

For more information about Journalism

Journalism Program Website


  • Dr. Judith Sheppard, journalism program advisor

  • sheppje@auburn.edu
  • 227 Tichenor Hall
  • (334) 844-4594

Careers in Journalism

Newspaper Publishing

  • Reporting
  • Editorial/Column Writing
  • Feature Writing
  • Investigative Journalism
  • Sports
  • Online Journalism
  • Photojournalism
  • Editing
  • Proofreading
  • Circulation
  • Marketing/Promotion
  • Production

Magazine/Newsletter Publishing

  • Writing
  • Editing
  • Advertising/Sales
  • Promotion
  • Circulation
  • Design, Art, and Production
  • Investigative Journalism
  • Photojournalism

Book Publishing

  • Editing
  • Sales
  • Promotion
  • Publicity
  • Production
  • Subsidiary Rights

Electronic Media

  • Television
  • Radio Programming/Production
  • Electronic Publishing
  • Video Production

Curriculum in Journalism

Students must apply for admission to the JRNL major. All applicants must have completed 30 hours of course work (including the university core or its equivalents), JRNL 1100 with a B or better and earn a minimum 2.3 GPA in ENGL 1100, and Core Social Science. See the School director or the associate director for journalism for further information. Students who transfer to Auburn University’s Journalism major are required to take a minimum of 21 credit hours in Auburn's program.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 1100 English Composition I3ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
Core History13Core Social Science3
Core Social Science3Foreign Language II (College Core)4
Foreign Language I (College Core)4Core Fine Arts3
Core Math3JRNL 1100 Journalism Fundamentals3
 16 16
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
Core Literature13Core Humanities or Core Literature to complete sequence 13
Core Science I4Core Science II4
Core Humanities33Core Social Science or Core History to complete sequence13
JRNL 2210 Newswriting3Elective22
CMJN 2100 Concepts in Communications and Journalism3JRNL 2310 Reporting3
 16 15
Junior
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
Courses from Journalism Groups 1, 2, or 359Courses from Journalism Groups 1, 2, or 359JRNL 4920 Journalism Internship3
Electives26Electives26 
 15 15 3
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
CMJN 4000 Mass Media Law and Regulation3Courses from Journalism Groups 3 or 459
Course from Journalism Groups 3 or 453Electives23
Electives26UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
 12 12
Total Hours: 120
1

Students are required to complete a two-course history sequence or a two-course literature sequence. They are also required to complete one Core History or Core Literature in the discipline not selected as the sequence.

2

Electives must be selected from courses outside the School of Communication and Journalism. Students must see their advisers for appropriate courses.

3

If Literature requirement was completed prior to Fall 2013, Core Humanities must cover SLO 3.

4

JRNL 2310 fulfills SLO 7.

5

Students must meet with their advisers to determine approved courses for Groups 1, 2, 3, and 4.

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Last Updated: June 22, 2016