Majors and Minors
The Department of Journalism
and Communication offers major and minor programs in journalism
and science and environmental writing, and a minor in mass communication.
Journalism is crucial to the
public life of a democracy. At its best, journalism serves as
a watchdog to government, offers a voice for the powerless at
home and abroad, entertains and instructs the public, represents
the views of varied constituencies, monitors and protects the
environment and public resources, and provides a common memory
for a people.
The purpose of the journalism
major is to provide students with the knowledge and skills
to fulfill such roles. The program emphasizes research, writing,
editing, and critical thinking and analysis. Students integrate
online technology with legal and ethical thinking and a global
perspective that will prepare them for numerous opportunities
in and out of journalism. In the journalism major, students take
courses in writing, editing, visual literacy, law and ethics,
a professional internship, and varied courses in the relationship
of the media with society.
A second major is in science
and environmental writing. Students learn to write about
pure and applied scientific research, technology, engineering,
the environment and medicine and health for a variety of audiences
ranging from the general public to scientists and engineers in
industry and government. Students can also gain experience in
the science and environmental writing field research program.
A minor in science
and environmental writing is available that may be valuable
for students with majors in science or engineering.
An interdisciplinary minor in mass communication
is offered for students interested in developing communication
skills and a better understanding of how people share meaning
through persuasive use of rhetoric, logic and symbols in public,
one-to-one and small group communication.