Modern society has come to rely on journalism and journalists to draw connections between the parts of a huge, complex, restless system that might easily fragment and turn against itself. The centrality of journalists in explaining a dynamic, ever-changing world makes journalism a profession requiring a wide variety of inter-related skills: observation, analysis, and above all, mastery of clear expression, explanation, and interpretation.
At MCLA, you learn the craft of journalism along with other arts like storytelling, social and historical analysis, and rhetorical persuasion. You also develop a "nose for news" and understand the news value of a story as a commercial commodity.
After your introductory journalism courses, you are invited to participate in news teams who write and edit the campus newspaper, produce television news broadcasts, and function as editors or columnists. To extend your competence in this demanding and exhilarating profession, we encourage you to intern at a newspaper or broadcasting outlet.
Total credits required for Journalism concentration: 46-51
Foundation courses - 24 credits
Department electives - 6 credits
Two communications electives at the 200-level or above - 6 credits