About This Degree

The Department of Journalism and Communication (JCOM) prepares students for careers in a wide range of communication fields. Students develop knowledge and skills in such areas as information gathering, writing, video production, online journalism, and media literacy.

JCOM students routinely win state, regional, and national awards in video and print journalism, multimedia and new technologies, and public relations. The faculty members are more than just teachers and researchers; they are veteran mass media professionals and nationally recognized scholars with experience as newspaper journalists, magazine writers, photographers, editors, TV producers, public relations specialists, and Web designers.

The department recommends that all students complete a one-semester internship before graduation. Because of the hands-on learning students receive while in the program, they graduate with substantial experience and are more likely to be hired.

Students in the major are required to have a minor to build expertise in another subject area.

Students receive a BS by completing all required courses in the major. To receive a BA, students must also gain proficiency in one or more foreign languages.

Emphases (students must choose an emphasis)

  • Broadcast/Electronic Media - Focus your degree on video and audio content distributed to a wide audience through TV, radio, and the Internet.
  • Print Journalism - Hone your writing skills and prepare for careers with newspapers, magazines, and other online and print media.
  • Public Relations/Corporate Communications - Learn to help the public better understand organizations, businesses, and issues as you study media relations, event planning, multimedia, and more.
  • Social Media - Prepare for social media careers by learning to craft messages, develop and curate content, and create data-based strategies for clients.

View Potential Careers

With a degree in journalism, students can pursue the following careers:

Broadcast/Electronic Media Emphasis

  • News anchor
  • Radio host
  • Meteorologist
  • Talk show host
  • News analyst
  • Announcer
  • Actor
  • Professional blogger
  • News associate
  • Associate producer
  • Entertainment agent
  • Broadcast assistant

Print Journalism Emphasis

  • News writer/editor
  • Magazine writer/editor
  • Professional blogger
  • News analyst
  • Columnist
  • Designer
  • Creative writer

Public Relations Emphasis

  • PR specialist (image building, media relations, social media, etc.)
  • Writer
  • Marketing
  • Fundraising
  • Event planning
  • Crisis Management


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International Students

Online classes are not available to USU F-1 and J-1 sponsored students. International students sponsored by USU on a F-1 visa can study at Logan or Price campus and must register for face-to-face classes. International students sponsored by USU on a J-1 visa can study at Logan campus and must register for face-to-face classes.