Bachelor of Arts in Journalism
Journalism isn't just writing for newspapers; the field of journalism is a rapidly expanding field with the onset of digital media, where rapidity and fact checking are key and necessary parts of everyday life.
Journalists have a huge responsibility: to tell the world what's going on in it. A major in Journalism prepares students for careers in writing for print, digital, and broadcast media. This major also emphasizes the writing, thinking, and oral skills necessary for success in the media professions and requires someone with strong communication and critical thinking abilities, determination and perserverence for investigating and discovering the truth, and a passion for storytelling.
Maybe you've been "reporting" on the stories around you since you were a child or were on the staff of your high school's newspaper or TV station. If so, Journalism could be the perfect major for you.
Why study Journalism at the Mount?
One of the advantages of being a Mount Journalism major is the numerous opportunities you have to specialize your degree. Many of our Journalism majors also declare a double major in Advertising and Public Relations or English, while others will take up a concentration like Writing or Creative Writing to gain further skills in the field.
Even better, you'll be learning all of this from professors who care deeply about their field. Many of our faculty are former journalists, writers, and communicators who are eager to pass their knowledge on to you. Plus, you'll have plenty of opportunities to hear from in-class presenters as well as participate in trips to tour New York City news operations like Fox News and National Public Radio.
"The faculty all have real-world experience doing the job that I would like to be doing one day. They have taught us a lot about what to expect when we graduate, and given us the skills that we will need. Plus, they are always willing to give you a chance to express yourself creatively, and they are always willing to help you when you need it."
— Madison Beckman, Journalism major
What to expect as a Journalism major
As a Journalism major, you'll take 39 credits in Journalism (24 required credits, 15 elective credits). Prior to starting your major courses, you will have to successfully complete ENG 1010 and ENG 1020 as part of the Mount's core curriculum. Additionally, you will need to earn a GPA of 2.0 or better in CMA 2020, Mass Media & Communication, which is the first course you'll take as part of your Journalism studies. You'll also be required to maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher in all of your Journalism courses.
Throughout your time at the Mount, you'll take courses like Newswriting, Investigative Reporting, Magazine Writing, Copyediting, Screenwriting for Film and Television, and more to prepare you for an exciting career in this field. Finally, you'll complete your studies in Journalism with a senior thesis project, which provides important portfolio samples of professional competence.
Journalism majors are also highly encouraged to supplement their in-class experiences by taking on an internship or being a writer for the college's newspaper, Mount Messenger, as a hands-on way to gain reporting skills and begin a professional portfolio to present to future employers.
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Be prepared for your future
The first step to a successful Journalism career is an internship. Internships provide real-world experience that allows our students to take what they have learned in class and practice it. Recent Journalism student internships have been conducted at organizations like the Today Show, New York Mets, Fox News, West Point Athletics, Warner Music Group, WABC TV Sports, and more.
After graduation, Journalism students can find themselves in a number of roles. While careers in news media are the most popular outlet for our Journalism students, any position where excellent writing is essential demands students like ours. Career opportunities include positions in web-based creative companies, newspapers, magazines, the music industry, sports marketing, marketing, radio, and social media marketing companies.
Here's how some of our alumni are using their degrees:
- Matt Frey '05, Director of Media Relations at Mount Saint Mary College
- Jillian Torre '14, Marketing Manager at Financial Advisor IQ
- Clare O'Keefe '17, Account Executive at Lazar
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