This major is only available for students who entered under catalogs 2006-07 through 2010-11.
*See Also the New Multimedia Journalism Major (with courses from English, Communications, and Art) offered beginning in 2011-12.
The English Journalism Major is designed to be practically oriented to prepare students to function with excellence in careers in journalism. For this reason we require one introductory course in literature, six courses specifically in journalism, and two courses to be chosen by each student in closely-related areas of communications, writing, and art. Furthermore, we will encourage internships and other “hands-on” experiences in newspapers and other publications.
In addition to a strong foundation in the study and practice of journalism, the journalism program also has a strong liberal arts emphasis. Various issues and theoretical background will be taken up in the journalism courses. But because today’s journalists need a vast background of knowledge in a variety of academic areas, the Core Distribution courses are taken very seriously, with students advised to enroll in Distribution courses that will be especially helpful for journalists generally. Each student and English faculty adviser will jointly determine what courses might be most helpful in meeting each student’s educational and career objectives.
While every course in the college can contribute meaningfully to the background one needs to be a successful journalist, the Journalism Committee recommends, on the basis of consultations with colleagues in the various disciplines, the following courses as particularly helpful. Therefore this list is only advisory; if a student could offer a rationale for courses that are not presently on the list, those courses could be added. Courses that would satisfy Core Distribution or Integration requirements are so noted:
Art 111: Two-Dimensional Foundations (ER)
Foreign languages are especially recommended for students preparing for careers in journalism, both for the excellent opportunities to broaden their knowledge of other cultures as well as to gain a sense of the structure of language. Future journalists would benefit from completing more course work in foreign languages than is required by the Core. Furthermore, students expecting to “do journalism” in another language should complete a major in that language. This extensive competence would surely be expected of students who would participate in international journalism study experiences, a possible program currently under discussion with chairs of the French and Russian, German, Scandinavian Studies, and Spanish departments. We do not include courses in foreign languages in our suggested list above because of the number of foreign languages offered at Concordia and because the courses students take in a language must be dictated by their level of competence in that language.
Consult The Catalog for the yearly course sequence of English offerings.
Download the journalism major checklist here.