The Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in journalism prepares students for the print or online journalism profession. Courses focus on sharpening writing skills and the ability to analyze and evaluate news, as well as learning about rapidly evolving communications media.
Students serve as interns at newspapers, magazines and radio and television stations, gaining professional experience in acquiring contacts and honing journalistic skills, writing and reporting. Some interns serve as writers, photographers and public information specialists in the Indiana legislature.
Journalism students have opportunities on campus to practice their skills and prepare for the working world from the first semester. They can work at The Shield, the weekly student newspaper; The Edge (WSWI), the student radio station; and SETV 12, the student television station, which features a weekly news program, Access USI.
Students may choose a major or a minor in journalism. The journalism major culminates in a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. A minor in journalism teaching is also available.
Required coursework includes the following topics:
Students majoring in mass communication fields (journalism, radio and television, public relations and advertising) must complete diversity cognates in ethnic cultures and gender studies.
The Bachelor of Arts degree requires 12 semester hours in the same foreign language or demonstration of proficiency at that level of study.
Elementary, Early Childhood and Special Education
The journalism teaching minor provides a solid foundation for journalism teaching in elementary schools.
Students planning to teach journalism in elementary schools (pre-kindergarten through grade six) should seek teacher licensure through a major in early childhood education, elementary education or special education, offered through the Teacher Education Department.
In addition to a teaching minor in journalism, in order to teach journalism in Indiana secondary schools (grades five through 12), a student must have a teaching major in another discipline and a secondary education licensure minor. Students preparing for careers in teaching secondary school in the liberal arts should review the College of Liberal Arts' teacher licensing policy.
Pakistani journalist Kashif Khalid spoke about his experiences reporting on war and terrorism to a group of journalism students at The Shield office in August. Khalid visited Evansville for two weeks as part of an International Center for Journalists program.
While in Evansville, Khalid spoke with WNIN 88.3 FM. Listen to the interview online.