English: Journalism Concentration

English: Journalism Concentration Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

About Journalism

Become a top reporter for magazines, newspapers and digital publications.

As an English major with a concentration in journalism from California University of Pennsylvania, you will learn the ins and outs of reporting and freelance writing from seasoned journalists while building a portfolio of professional-level clips to impress future employers.

The journalism concentration is part of Cal U's fully accredited bachelor's degree in English.

Discover our hands-on approach to education.

  • Gather facts, conduct interviews and cover beats in journalism courses that take you into the field.

  • Master on-the-job skills like writing features, meeting deadlines, editing articles for print and the web, and producing multimedia publications.


Award-winning journalism faculty: Learn from experienced journalists and media scholars with national and international recognition.

Emphasis on publication: Coursework in your major will be submitted for publication in the campus newspaper, course magazines and even the Pennsylvania press.

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Cal U students received Mark of Excellence awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. 
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Degree Benefits

Cal U journalism program students are eligible to join the largest national organization for journalists: the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), where you can:

  • Network with top journalism professionals.
  • Get career support.
  • Find training opportunities. 
  • Participate in key industry conversations.
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Graduate Outcomes

Cal U journalism students find jobs as journalists, copy editors and freelance writers. They also thrive in advertising, business and human resources. Alumni employers include:

  • The Mon Valley Independent.
  • Beaver County Times.
  • Edible Allegheny
  • Brunner Marketing.

Journalism Concentration English Bachelor's Degree Curriculum

Cal U's bachelor of arts degree program in English offers a broad range of innovative journalism courses in which you'll master the history and techniques of the craft while actively publishing your work.


Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First Semester 16
ENG 101  English Composition I 3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
General Education Courses 12
Second Semester 15
ENG 102  English Composition II  OR  Equivalent 3
General Education Courses 12
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 15
ENG 167  Journalism I 3
Literature Core Course
Writing Core Course
General Education  OR  Elective Courses
Fourth Semester 15
ENG 169  Journalism II 3
Literature Core Course
Writing Core Course
General Education  OR  Elective Courses
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 15
ENG 334  Newspaper Reporting 3
Literature Core Course
Writing Core Course
General Education  OR  Elective Courses
Sixth Semester 15
ENG 312  Journalism III 3
Literature Core Course
General Education  OR  Elective Courses 
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 15
ENG 499  English Studies Capstone Class 3
Any Journalism Elective 3
General Education  OR  Elective Courses 9
Eighth Semester 15
Any Journalism Elective 3
General Education  OR  Elective Courses 12
Total 120

All English majors are required to take two writing-intensive courses from among the following: ENG 334, 337, 448.

42 of the 120 credits must be 300- or 400-level courses.

Program Requirements

Creating Writing Core (select one)

  • ENG 376  Creative Writing: Fiction
  • ENG 377  Creative Writing: Poetry
  • ENG 378  Creative Writing: Drama
  • ENG 495  Creative Writing Seminar
  • ENG 590  Summer Institute for Teachers and Writers

Literature Core (select one)

  • ENG 301  Brit Literature I
  • ENG 302  Brit Literature II
  • ENG 315  Survey of American Woman Writers
  • ENG 325  World Lit to 1600
  • ENG 326  World Lit from 1600
  • ENG 337  Survey of American Literature I
  • ENG 338  Survey of American Literature II

Language and Linguistics Core (select one)

  • ENG 345  Grammar and Usage
  • ENG 346  History of English Language
  • ENG 347  Introduction to Linguistics

Composition and Literacy Core (select one)

  • ENG 308  Research for Writers
  • ENG 352  Stud.in Writing
  • ENG 372  Comp Theory and Teaching of Writing
  • ENG 375  Advanced Writing
  • ENG 590  Summer Institute for Teachers and Writers

Special Topics (select three)

  • ENG 320  Multimedia Journalism
  • ENG 350  Journalism Genres
  • ENG 351  Publish the Mag
  • ENG 419  Internship
  • ENG 481  Old/Mid English
  • ENG 484  19TH Cent Lit.
  • ENG 485  20th Cent Lit.
  • ENG 487  Amer Literary Genres
  • ENG 489  Eng Literary Genres

Special Experience

  • ENG 499  English Capstone Class

Journalism Courses

  • ENG 167  Journalism I
  • ENG 169  Journalism II
  • ENG 312  Journalism III
  • ENG 334  Newspaper Rep

Journalism Electives (select two)

  • ENG 306  Press Law and Ethics
  • ENG 320  Multimedia Journalism
  • ENG 351  Publish the Mag
  • ENG 354  Amer. Journ.
  • ENG 350  Journalism Genres
  • ENG 419  Internship
Related Programs


  • Creative Writing Program

    A concentration for English majors interested in fiction, poetry and other forms of literary writing.

  • Literature Program
    A concentration for English majors interested in American literature and literary theory.

  • English Certification Program
    A concentration for students pursuing a bachelor's degree in education who want to teach middle- or high school English. 


  • Journalism
  • Literature
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Digital Journalism

The program prepares you to become professionals who can deliver innovative content on multiple digital platforms. You will learn with emerging tools and apps for news reporting and develop an incubator mind-set that will help you keep pace with the dynamic news industry.

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Careers at a Glance

What can you do with a journalism degree?

Program graduates Jose Negron '16 and Taylor Brown '15 are full-time staff writers for The Mon Valley Independent. Emily Geyer '15 is a copy desk editor at The Beaver County Times. Alix Kunkle '11 served as managing editor of The Junction City Daily Union.


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Cal Times

Want to work at a newspaper? You can get resume-boosting journalism experienceon campus at Cal Times - the premiere student-run news source for the Cal U campus and community.

Read the Cal Times

Journalism Faculty

Dr. Anthony Carlisle
Associate Professor


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Dr. Debbie Goh
Assistant Professor


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