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Columbia College Chicago
Undergraduate Program

Undergraduate Program


All Majors complete a core curriculum of 18 credits that includes courses in writing and reporting, grammar for journalists, copy editing, media law and ethics and new media. In addition, students select from four concentrations: News Reporting and Writing, Magazine Writing and Editing, Broadcast Journalism (Television or Radio) and Science Journalism.

The concentrations provide a rich array of specialized courses that prepare students for careers in print, online and broadcast news media, as well as newsletters, magazines and electronic publishing. Many minors are available in the college, among them web design, and students may create their own interdisciplinary major.

Broadcast Journalism is an interdisciplinary concentration, taught in cooperation with the Television and Radio departments. Students learn to report, write and produce television and radio news. Student-produced news programs, such as "Metro Minutes," a TV news update show, and "Newsbeat," a live TV newscast, are highlights of the concentration. Radio news students get hands-on training at Columbia's radio station, WCRX, 88.1 FM.

Internships are a vital part of Columbia's journalism major. Students are encouraged to take one or more internships in print, broadcast and online media.

Degree Requirements: Broadcast Journalism - Television

Degree Requirements: Broadcast Journalism - Radio

Yolanda Joe
Associate Professor, Concentration Coordinator
email: yjoe@colum.edu

Magazine Writing & Editing is designed to prepare students for a variety of editorial positions on consumer or trade magazines. Magazine majors take specialized courses in magazine article writing, magazine editing, visual journalism and trade magazine writing. Students in the College Magazine Workshop write, edit and design Echo, an award-winning, four-color magazine that focuses on topics of interest to students in Chicago. More information about Echo Magazing can be found on our Echo_FAQ.

Internships are a vital part of Columbia's journalism major. Students are encouraged to take one or more internships in Chicago-area print, broadcast and online media.

Degree Requirements: Magazine Writing & Editing

Betsy Edgerton
Associate Professor, Concentration Coordinator
email: bedgerton@colum.edu

News Reporting & Writing focuses on reporting and writing about public affairs for print and online news media. Students take advanced courses in community news, feature writing, interpretive reporting and investigative journalism, and in specialized "beats," such as courts, business, urban affairs, and science and medicine. A Sports Reporting Emphasis is available to News Reporting and Writing majors. Students in the College Newspaper Workshop produce the award-winning Chronicle, the College's weekly student newspaper, and its companion web site, while students taking Community News and other advanced reporting courses can have their work published at ChicagoTalks.org.

Internships are a vital part of Columbia's journalism major. Students are encouraged to take one or more internships in print, broadcast and online media.

Degree Requirements: News Reporting & Writing

Degree Requirements: News Reporting & Writing: Sports Reporting Emphasis

Teresa Puente
Associate Professor, Concentration Coordinator
email: tpuente@colum.edu
Science Journalism, taught in conjunction with the Science and Mathematics Department, addresses a growing need for journalists who can bridge the gap between the medical/scientific community and the general public. This unique concentration features a yearlong sequence in science writing and reporting, taught by a Pulitzer Prize-winning science journalist. In addition to careers in print and electronic media, there are jobs for science communicators in government, industry and academia.

Internships are a vital part of Columbia's journalism major. Students are encouraged to take one or more internships in print, broadcast and online media.

Degree Requirements: SCience journalism 

Jeff Lyon
Senior Lecturer, Concentration Coordinator
email: jlyon@colum.edu