Department of Communication, Journalism, and Public Relations

Wilson Hall, Room 316
371 Wilson Boulevard
Rochester, MI 48309-4486
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(248) 370-4120

General Department Questions:
Debra Koehler

Journalism, B.A.

Journalism, B.A.

Journalism is a liberal arts major that endows students with a solid practical and technical knowledge base as well as an understanding of the legal, ethical and theoretical aspects of journalism and its critical role in a democracy. Students learn the dual concepts of press freedom and press responsibility.

Applied and critical thinking skills developed in the study of journalism are useful in a broad range of professions including the obvious, such as reporting, writing, producing and editing to jobs in other areas such as public relations, advertising, economic development, social media, law and education.

It is a student-centered, writing-intensive program with small class sizes (many are held in computer labs where 20 students is the maximum). All  courses involve active student participation.

Due to the broad nature of the program, students can either generalize or develop a special emphasis within the major by taking a series of courses in online and multimedia journalism, broadcast and print journalism, public relations and/or advertising.

Journalism students also are actively involved outside the classroom, through student media outlets including  The Oakland Post,   WXOU,  The OU News Bureau, Our students also complete  internships, gaining valuable experience and contacts within a major media market, and produce  portfolios of their work, which aid in beginning their careers.

For a complete list of departmental course offerings, visit the Department of Communication, Journalism, and Public Relations undergraduate catalog page here.