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.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: JOURNALISM CONCENTRATION

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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5 
Cal U students received Mark of Excellence awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. 
20:1 
Average student-to-faculty ratio.
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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.

Curriculum

Course Credits
General Education Courses 40 or 41
Building a Sense of Community
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar
1
Composition
ENG 101  English Composition I
3
Public Speaking
Any Public Speaking Course
3
Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy
Any Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy Course
3
Health and Wellness
Any Health and Wellness Course
3
Technological Literacy
Any Technological Literacy Course
3
Humanities
Any Humanities Course
3
Fine Arts
Any Fine Arts Course
3
Natural Sciences
Any Natural Sciences Course
3
Social Sciences
Any Social Sciences Course
3
General Education Options
  • Any Ethics and Multicultural Awareness Emphasis Course
  • ENG 102  Composition II
  • Any 300- or 400-level Humanities Course
  • General Education Course
12
   
Journalism Core Courses 12
Select four courses from the following:
  • ENG 306  Press Law and Ethics
  • ENG 320  Multimedia Journalism
  • ENG 367  News Writing and Editing
  • ENG 369  Beat Reporting and Feature Writing
  • ENG 450  Advanced Study Journalism (repeatable)
12
   
Creative Writing Core 3
Select one course from the following:
  • ENG 376  Cr Writing: Fiction
  • ENG 377  Cr Writing: Poetry 
  • ENG 378  Cr Writing: Drama
  • ENG 590  Summer Institute for Teachers and Writers 
3
   
Literature Core 3
Select one course from the following:
  • 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
  • ENG 355  Survey of African American Literature
  • ENG 425  Shakespeare
3
   
Language and Linguistics Core 3
Select one course from the following:
  • ENG 345  Grammar and Usage
  • ENG 346  History of English Language
  • ENG 347  Introduction to Linguistics
3
   
Composition and Literacy Core 3
Select one course from the following:
  • ENG 308  Research for Writers
  • ENG 375  Advanced Writing
  • ENG 590  Summer Institute for Teachers and Writers
3
   
Special Topics 9
Select three courses from the following:
  • ENG 320  Multimedia Journalism
  • ENG 406  Adv Study Literature
  • ENG 410  Adv Study Creative Writing  
  • ENG 419  Internship
  • ENG 452  Adv Study Composition and Rhetoric
  • ENG 478  Adv Study Film
9
   
Special Experience 3
ENG 499  English Capstone Class 3
   
Journalism Electives 6
Select two courses from the following: 
  • ENG 351  Publish the Mag
  • ENG 419  Internship
  • CDC 151  Producing Media Messages
  • CDC 305  Sports Communication and Media Relations  
6
Free Electives 38
   
Total 120

Additional requirements, not counted toward the General Education requirements, include:

  • Special Experience Course (1 course required): ENG 499 English Capstone Class
  • Writing-Intensive Component Courses (2 courses required): Select two from: ENG 337, 406, 410, 450, 452, 478, 499 
  • Laboratory Course (1 course required): Any Laboratory Course
Related Programs


Concentrations

  • 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. 

Minors

  • 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

carlisle@calu.edu

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Dr. Debbie Goh
Assistant Professor

goh@calu.edu

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