Columbia College Chicago

Journalism

The Journalism Department is committed to educating students in critical, creative and independent thinking; ethical decision making; and the fundamentals of accurate and lively reporting, writing and editing for all media. You can earn a Bachelor of Arts degree with a choice of concentrations: News & Features, Magazine, Health & Science, or Broadcast. We offer a Master of Arts degree focused on public affairs reporting. You can also add a Journalism minor to your existing course of study.

Majors & Programs

For requirements and more information about these programs, visit the course catalog.


Multimedia Journalism, BA

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Our Bachelor of Arts program provides you with hands-on, multimedia experience in one of the following concentrations: News & Features (with a sports option); Magazine; and Broadcast Journalism (Television or Radio emphasis). You’ll complete the LAS Core Curriculum as you learn from professional journalists how to find, report and tell engaging stories. You’ll also have the opportunity for highly visible internships and the option to report for Columbia’s award-winning student newspaper, magazine and local web sites, our campus newscast, our TV newsmagazine and the college radio station. We also offer a Second Bachelor of Arts program for students who already have a degree from an accredited institution.

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Concentrations:
Multimedia Journalism, Broadcast Journalism - Radio, BA

Students seeking a BA in Multimedia Journalism may choose a concentration in Broadcast Journalism, an interdisciplinary program taught in cooperation with the Radio department. Students learn to report, write, and produce radio news, features, and in-depth stories.

Multimedia Journalism, Broadcast Journalism - Television, BA

Students seeking a BA in Multimedia Journalism may choose a concentration in Broadcast Journalism, an interdisciplinary program taught in cooperation with the Television department. Students learn to report, write, and produce television news, features, and in-depth stories.

Multimedia Journalism, Magazine, BA

Students seeking a BA in Multimedia Journalism may choose a concentration in Magazine. The Magazine program prepares students for editorial positions in consumer and trade magazines.

Multimedia Journalism, News & Features, BA

Students seeking a BA in Multimedia Journalism may choose a concentration in News & Features. The news concentration focuses on reporting and writing about public affairs across platforms, from deadline news to in-depth analysis. Students take advanced courses in community news, interpretive reporting and investigative journalism.

Multimedia Journalism, Sports, BA

Students seeking a BA in Multimedia Journalism may choose a concentration in Sports. The news concentration focuses on reporting and writing about sports, from deadline news to in-depth analysis. Students take advanced courses in community news, interpretive reporting and investigative journalism with a Sports Reporting emphasis.


Multimedia Photojournalism, BA

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Columbia College Chicago’s new Multimedia Photojournalism BA will prepare you for a career as a photojournalist in an increasingly competitive new media environment. With a strong foundation in journalism and photography, the Multimedia Photojournalism BA explores audio, documentary, coding, blogging and interactive media. You’ll work alongside students in television, film, radio and business to push the boundaries of interactive and visual storytelling in Chicago, across the nation and around the world.

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Interdisciplinary Documentary, BA

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Documentary filmmakers wear many hats. They’re directors and writers, photographers and voice actors. But above all else, documentary filmmakers are compelling storytellers with a passion for spreading the truth. As an Interdisciplinary Documentary major, you’ll take courses in a variety of departments and gain a comprehensive education that covers nonfiction storytelling through story, image and sound. You’ll graduate with a wide knowledge of documentary theory and practice and a portfolio of nonfiction work that spans disciplines and media formats.

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Social Media and Digital Strategy, BA

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Columbia is one of the first schools in the country to offer a Social Media and Digital Strategy major; the undergraduate program prepares students to work in this exciting new field across industries. Content creators, social media managers, digital strategy experts, and others are needed for nonprofits, companies, artists, start-ups, and more. This major draws from already established programs in Advertising, Business and Entrepreneurship, Interactive Arts and Media, Journalism, and Public Relations. This field is rich with internship opportunities, helping you graduate career-ready with ample real-world experience.

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Journalism Minor

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The minor allows any undergraduate to explore an interest in Journalism and discover more career options and freelance opportunities. The program includes crucial core courses in journalism fundamentals, law, ethics, and using technology and social media in the service of good journalism. You can specialize in multimedia or magazine journalism, or customize your own program. You’ll become a better writer and hone your critical thinking skills as you become a more sophisticated citizen and news consumer.

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