About this program
A high percent of our graduates are either working or in a secondary education program six months after graduation (2016 Graduates from Quinnipiac Survey)
Well prepared professionals
Quinnipiac ranked among the top 10 schools in LinkedIn's analysis of best schools for media professionals.(Linkedin 2014)
Journalists find sources, conduct interviews and gather the information needed to produce informative and interactive news, feature stories and documentaries for TV, podcasts, radio, mobile applications, digital and print media. You can even use your minor and electives to specialize in certain areas, such as sports or politics. At Quinnipiac, you’ll take courses that will provide a solid foundation for reporting, writing and storytelling. We’ll also teach you to become proficient with video cameras, non-linear editing and producing software in our state-of-the-art communications center.
Quinnipiac’s proximity to premier media centers in Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts provides numerous internship opportunities. Many alumni work at such places as CBS News, ABC News, ESPN, the Oxygen channel, Major League Baseball Productions, NBC Universal, NBC News, CNN and Fox News. You also can intern at Quinnipiac’s own radio station—AM1220 WQUN. There are even internship opportunities in other countries.
Real-world experience can be acquired right on campus by working on the Quinnipiac Chronicle newspaper and website, the Q30 campus TV station, WQAQ student radio, and with the Quinnipiac Bobcats Sports Network.
In their Words
Journalism students are encouraged to cover current events or to write about their interests inside and outside of the classroom. Through a variety of blogs and digital media, students display their passions for social issues and events taking place in local communities.
The Giant's Belly is a digital journalism project about food, health and restaurant grades in Hamden, CT
QU Labs gives a glimpse into students' views on journalism and how advances in tehcnology effect the industry.
Down Dixwell is about all things happening in the communities of Hamden and New Haven, CT.
The Divide, a digital journalism project tackling racism and insensitivity on campus and beyond, is a look into tough issues through the eyes of students.
Curriculum and Requirements
BA in Journalism Curriculum
|University Curriculum 1||46|
|Required School of Communications core courses: 2|
|COM 120||Media Industries and Trends||3|
|COM 130||Visual Design||3|
|School of Communications Requirements|
|Global Issues and Cultures, select two courses||6|
|Additional courses outside of the SoC, one of which must be at the 200 level or higher||6|
|Seminars for Success|
|COM 101||Communications First-Year Seminar||1|
|COM 201||Media Career Development||1|
|Required Journalism Courses|
|JRN/SPS 106||Multimedia Production Techniques (SPS 106)||3|
|JRN 260||News Writing||3|
|JRN 263||Broadcast News Writing||3|
|JRN 275||News Reporting||3|
|JRN 380||Fundamentals of Digital Journalism||3|
|JRN 450||Senior Seminar||3|
|JRN 498||Journalism Capstone||4|
|COM 490||Communications Career Internship||3|
|Select four of the following, with at least two from the “writing-intensive” list:||12|
|The Art of the Podcast|
|Mobile Journalism: the Future of News|
|Reporting for Television I|
|Special Topics in Journalism|
|Reporting for Television II|
|Telling Global Stories|
|Sporting Culture Through Nonfiction|
|Literary Journalism in the '60s|
|Sports Reporting (SPS 361)|
|Advanced Digital Journalism|
|The QNN Newscast|
Other courses with chair's approval
|The Art of Journalistic Interviewing|
|The Story of Football (SPS 362)|
|Entrepreneurial Media (The MIC Project)|
|Social Media: Leveraging the Digital Age|
|Projects in Audio Production (EN 303 GDD 303)|
|Media and Society|
|Diversity in the Media (WS 311)|
|Media Users and Audiences (WS 345)|
|Sports, Media & Society (SPS 420)|
|Writing for Strategic Communications|
Other courses with chair's approval
All students must complete the 46 credits of the University Curriculum.
Core must be completed by end of sophomore year.
Students enrolled in the journalism program are required to complete a minor (typically 18 credits) that will complement their career and/or personal interests. Students are encouraged to minor outside the School of Communications to acquire subject knowledge beyond their primary field of study, but may choose to minor in any program within or outside the School of Communications in consultation with their advisers.
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