Department of Journalism Programs

Master the art of reporting and writing for publication or broadcast in Southern’s Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science journalism degrees. Both provide the liberal arts background necessary for careers in news media and allied fields, such as business and public service, and for law school or other related graduate programs. A variety of on-campus organizations, such as the student newspaper, magazine, television station and radio station, supplement hands-on coursework, which is taught by faculty who are veteran journalists, as well as part-time faculty working in the field.

In a changing news media landscape, this much remains true: People still want to know what is going on in the world and local community around them. The basic skills of reporting and writing remain unchanged. What has changed are the expectations for journalists and the methods of delivery to readers and viewers.

The Journalism Department's B.A. degree provides students with a full range of the knowledge, tools, and skills they will need to be successful in this new news media landscape. The degree offers a broad liberal arts background necessary for careers in the news media and in allied fields, such as public relations, sports information, business and public service. The degree also prepares students for further study in law or graduate school.

In addition to writing, reporting and web publishing skills, the B.A. degree offers flexibility to explore more topics through elective courses. A required cognate pushes students to specialize in an area outside of journalism to immerse themselves in broader skills building or content areas, such a political science or sports.

In a changing news media landscape, this much remains true: People still want to know what is going on in the world and local community around them. The basic skills of reporting and writing remain unchanged. What has changed are the expectations for journalists and the methods of delivery to readers and viewers.

The Journalism Department's B.S. degree provides students with a full range of the knowledge, tools, and skills they will need to be successful in this new news media landscape. The degree offers a broad liberal arts background necessary for careers in the news media and in allied fields, such as public relations, sports information, business and public service. The degree also prepares students for further study in law or graduate school.

In addition to writing, reporting and web publishing skills, the B.S. degree includes a deeper immersion in technology and a required internship. A required cognate pushes students to specialize in an area outside of Journalism to immerse themselves in broader skills building or content areas, such a political science or sports.

The minor in Journalism is helpful for students looking to learn more about the news industry, and develop skills in a specific area, such as news design, magazine writing, public relations. The minor complements study in Political Science, Communication, Sports Management, and many other fields. Through advisement, Journalism minors design a plan of study after taking one required course – Basics of Journalism.

The minor in Public Relations will help prepare students for careers in media relations, publicity and promotion, public affairs and government relations, event planning, corporate communications, and crisis management. Building and maintaining positive relationships with external audiences is the core of public relations. Students will develop a combination of writing, social media, persuasive and technical skills, then apply them through tactics and media choices to create a favorable image for their clients. 

The minor draws from Journalism, Marketing, Professional Writing and Communication, Media & Screen Studies courses to help students learn about media relations and branding campaigns for corporate, governmental, and nonprofit clients. Course options in Art, Media Studies, Political Science, Public Health and Sport Management give students content-area context in the field.