Mission Statement

The Department of Journalism strives to prepare its students to become well-educated, principled citizens who are capable of initiating careers as skilled journalists, public relations practitioners and other related communication professionals.

Academic Advisement

Journalism majors at both the undergraduate and graduate levels are assigned an advisor at the time of entry into the department. Faculty and staff advisors have regularly scheduled office hours for advisement purposes. Advisement is required of all majors and minors each semester.


The Bachelor of Arts in Journalism is designed for students who seek careers in a wide variety of contemporary news media options–digital and print newspaper/magazine concentrations; photojournalism/visual communication and graphics; television and radio news; new and ethnic media as well as public relations.


The department’s undergraduate program is accredited by the National Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. It was first accredited in 1967.

Credential Information

Standard elementary and secondary teaching credentials can be obtained by completing a double major in a University-approved waiver program, such as English. For details on the credential program, see the Credentials section of this Catalog.


Chair: Linda Bowen
Manzanita Hall (MZ) 210A
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