B.S./B.A. in Journalism

On air. Online. On the page. ACU’s Bachelor of Science in Journalism was designed with the contemporary media landscape in mind. You’ll get experience writing and creating messages for print, television, radio and the web in ways that will impact the world we share. The option to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism makes it possible for you to complete a double major if the other degree is in a B.A. program, for example in English, history, political science or fine arts.

On air. Online. On the page. ACU’s Bachelor of Science in Journalism was designed with the contemporary media landscape in mind. You’ll get experience writing and creating messages for print, television, radio and the web in ways that will impact the world we share. The option to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism makes it possible for you to complete a double major if the other degree is in a B.A. program, for example in English, history, political science or fine arts.

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Mission

The mission of the Journalism and Mass Communication Department is to engage students in critical and creative thinking in the classroom, in the laboratory, and through mentoring relationships, leading them to become exceptional, ethical and agile communicators in a rapidly changing media environment, embracing technology, valuing diversity and embodying Christ-centered service. 

Program Structure

B.S./B.A. in Journalism Degree Details

These are the important details you will need to keep in mind as you prepare your application and degree plan. 

Tracks

Teacher certification 

Required Hours

University Requirements: 56 credit hours + Major Requirements: 52 credit hours + Electives: 20 credit hours = Total Required: 128 credit hours*

Example Coursework

Advanced Reporting

Feature Writing

Opinion Writing

Broadcast News and Sports

Minor Available

Yes

Department

Journalism and Mass Communication

Application Deadlines

Early Bird: Nov. 1 

Regular: Feb. 1 

National Candidates: May 1

Curriculum

Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Arts in Journalism

With coursework enhanced by student media and agency work, you will be prepared to excel in storytelling – from facts-first journalism to creative and persuasive communication across multiple media platforms. ACU graduates include winners of the Pulitzer Prize, the Emmy Award and other honors. They include journalists, filmmakers, advertising and public relations strategists, and digital media creators in dozens of fields throughout the world.

Experiential Learning

Hands-on experience is especially important to this career path. You’ll have plenty of opportunities for real-world learning, including work in the department’s student media news lab. Hands-on learning and professional development opportunities include:

  • The Optimist, print and online news outlet
  • KACU-FM, NPR-affiliated radio station
  • ACUTV
  • Society of Professional Journalists student chapter
  • Broadcast Education Association chapter
  • National Association of Hispanic Journalists chapter
  • Internships

Careers

The B.S./B.A. in Journalism offers a wide range of exciting careers, including:

  • Investigative journalist
  • Photojournalist
  • News anchor
  • Voice-over announcer
  • News producer
  • Assignment editor
  • Copy editor
  • Editorial assistant
  • Broadcast journalist