Make a difference. Tell compelling stories that inform and entertain people. Share your passion for journalism with others just like you and learn from the very best in the business. Our award-winning faculty can help you learn to write, shoot and edit like a pro on whatever platform you choose: digital, broadcast, mobile, podcast or print media.

About this program

89.8%


Success Rate

A high percent of our graduates are either working or in a secondary education program six months after graduation (2015 Graduates from Quinnipiac Survey)

Top 10


Well prepared professionals

Quinnipiac ranked among the top 10 schools in LinkedIn's analysis of best schools for media professionals.(Linkedin 2014)

Program Overview

Award winning faculty

Journalism professors Karin and Bill Schwanbeck have won the first place award in the faculty documentary competition for the 2016 Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Super-Regional Conference. “Small Markets, Big Dreams: 5 Journalists Start Their Careers in TV News.”

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.

Curriculum and Requirements

BA in Journalism Curriculum

Course List
University Curriculum 1
Complete the University Curriculum 46
Required School of Communications core courses: 2
COM 120Media Industries and Trends3
COM 130Visual Design3
COM 140Storytelling3
School of Communications Requirements
Global Issues and Cultures, select two courses6
Additional courses outside of the SoC, one of which must be at the 200-level or higher6
Seminars for Success
COM 101Communications First-Year Seminar1
COM 201Media Career Development1
Required Journalism Courses
JRN/SPS 106Multimedia Production Techniques (SPS 106)3
JRN 260Reporting for Print,News Writing and Reporting3
JRN 263Broadcast News Writing3
JRN 275News Reporting3
JRN 380Fundamentals of Digital Journalism3
JRN 450Senior Seminar3
JRN 498Journalism Capstone4
COM 490Communications Career Internship3
Electives
Select four of the following, with at least two from the “writing intensive” list:12
Writing Intensive Electives:
JRN 291
Reporting for Television I
JRN 300
Special Topics in Journalism
JRN 311
Reporting for Television II
JRN 360
Watchdog Reporting
JRN/SPS 361
Sports Reporting (SPS 361)
JRN 365
Effective Editing
JRN 470
Narrative Journalism
JRN 480
Advanced Digital Journalism
JRN 495
Advanced Reporting
JRN 496
The QNN Newscast
Other courses with chair's approval
Other Electives
JRN 315
The Art of Journalistic Interviewing
JRN/SPS 362
The Story of Football (SPS 362)
JRN 372
Entrepreneurial Media (The MIC Project)
JRN 395
Broadcast Performance
COM 215
Social Media: Leveraging the Digital Age
FTM 372
Screenwriting
FTM 380
Projects in Audio Production (EN 303 GDD 303)
MSS 231
Media and Society
MSS/WS 311
Diversity in the Media (WS 311)
MSS/WS 345
Media Users and Audiences (WS 345)
MSS/SPS 420
Sports, Media & Society (SPS 420)
STC 201
Writing for Strategic Communications
Other courses with chair's approval
Minor Courses18
Total Credits124
1

All students must complete the 46 credits of the University curriculum

2

Core must be completed by end of sophomore year

Minor Requirement

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 advisors.