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
Careers in Journalism
- Editorial/Column Writing
- Feature Writing
- Investigative Journalism
- Online Journalism
- Design, Art, and Production
- Investigative Journalism
- Subsidiary Rights
- Radio Programming/Production
- Electronic Publishing
- Video Production
Curriculum in Journalism
* May not use a History course to fulfill the Core Social Science requirement
|ENGL 1100 English Composition I||3||ENGL 1120 English Composition II||3|
|Core History1||3||COMM 1000 Public Speaking (or COMM 1003 Public Speaking)2||3|
|Core Social Science||3||Core Social Science||3|
|Core Math||3||Foreign Language II (College Core)||4|
|Foreign Language I (College Core)||4||Course from Journalism Group 33||3|
|Core Literature1||3||Core Humanities or Core Literature to complete sequence 1||3|
|Core Science I||4||Core Science II||4|
|Core Fine Arts||3||Core Social Science or Core History to complete sequence1||3|
|JRNL 2210 Newswriting||3||JRNL 2310 Reporting||3|
|CMJN 2100 Concepts in Communications and Journalism (or 2103 Concepts in Communication and Journalism)||3||LBAR 2010 Liberal Arts Careers Preparation (College Core)||2|
|Courses from Journalism Groups 1, 2, or 34||9||Courses from Journalism Groups 1, 2, or 34||9||JRNL 4920 Journalism Internship||3|
|CMJN 4000 Mass Media Law and Regulation||3||Courses from Journalism Groups 3 or 44||6|
|Course from Journalism Groups 3 or 44||6||Electives5||6|
|Electives5||3||UNIV 4AA0 Creed to Succeed||0|
|Total Hours: 120|
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.
COMM 1000/1003 fulfills SLO 7
If students do not pass the JRNL 1AA0 Journalism Fundamentals Entrance Exam, they must take JRNL 1100 Journalism Fundamentals as a Group 3 course.
Students should meet with their advisers about appropriate courses from Groups 1, 2 and 3.
Electives must be selected from courses outside the School of Communication and Journalism. Students must see their advisers for appropriate electives.
Last Updated: January 07, 2020