College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Certificate Programs

Journalism (Certificate)

The Certificate in Journalism at the School of Communication provides undergraduates and professionals with an educational program that exposes students to an array of skills characterizing modern media: writing in various journalistic forms and styles, reporting principles and strategies, editing, ethics, and expertise appropriate to various media. The program introduces students to contemporary practices and theories while integrating traditional skills with emerging technologies, such as the Internet and optional computer graphics and design.

Admission and Completion:

For admission to this certificate program, students must complete the prerequisite course COM 225 (Media Writing) with a minimum grade of B- (B-Minus). A 2.25 GPA must be maintained across all required courses (16 credit hours).

Required Courses:

The certificate requires 16 semester hours of core courses in journalism. A list of optional electives allows those who wish to specialize to also focus their program in broadcast journalism. The following courses make up the certificate program.


Required Courses: (12 credit hours)

Options: (Choose one course for 4 credit hours)

Suggested electives (not included in the certificate courses):

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