Journalism B.A.

  • B.A., Journalism

    College of Humanities and Social Sciences

    What You'll Do

    For journalists, words are like tools that are always at their fingertips. They use them to tell the news, to share stories that touch readers, and to help businesses communicate with the public. As a Journalism major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, you’ll learn the craft of writing, from finely tuning your sentence structure to weaving together a compelling news or feature story. You’ll grow as a writer, polishing your skills to prepare for your career. 

    As a Journalism major at IUP, you’ll have a lot of control over the classes you’ll take. You're required to take only four main journalism classes. You’ll design the rest of your major coursework with the help of your advisor, choosing from courses that focus on news, public relations, advertising, document design, and other areas. An internship is highly recommended.

    In addition to flexibility in your major courses, you’ll have a generous number of free electives, giving you the opportunity to add a double major, minor, or concentration to make you more competitive in the job market.

    What You'll Become

    The Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism prepares you for various writing-related careers or for graduate studies. Some areas you might consider are the news-editorial or public relations fields, magazine writing or production, advertising, visual journalism, technical writing, online journalism, and marketing.

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than one-third of writers and editors in 2006 worked in a self-employed capacity. About one-third of the jobs that offered salaries, according to the report for 2006, were in the information industry (including magazines, newspapers, books, directory publishers, television, movies, and the Internet).  According to the report, job prospects are stronger for technical writers and for those with training in a specialized field.

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    Special Features

    • Journalism students can participate in the IUP chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Penn student newspaper.
    • Journalism Department alumni have worked or are working for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, People magazine, the Indiana Gazette, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, USA Today, the Dallas Morning News, the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Forbes magazine, Pittsburgh magazine, and the Associated Press.
    • Alumni in public relations have worked or are working for H.J. Heinz, Hewlett-Packard, Ketchum, the Federal Reserve, NASA, Eli Lilly, IBM, AT&T, DuPont, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and other entities.