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

Our Bachelor of Arts program provides you with hands-on, multimedia experience in one of four concentrations: News & Features (with a sports option); Magazine; Broadcast Journalism (Television or Radio emphasis); and Health and Science Journalism. 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 and magazine, our campus newscast, our TV newsmagazine or the College radio station. We also offer a Second Bachelor of Arts program for students who already have a degree from an accredited institution.

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, Health & Science, BA

Students seeking a BA in Multimedia Journalism may choose a concentration in Health & Science Journalism. Taught in conjunction with the Science and Mathematics Department, the Health & Science concentration addresses a growing need for journalists who can bridge the gap between the medical/scientific community and the general public.

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.

Journalism Minor

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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