English: Journalism Concentration

English: Journalism Concentration Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

About Journalism

Become a top reporter for magazines, newspapers and digital publications.

As an English major with a concentration in journalism from California University of Pennsylvania, you will learn the ins and outs of reporting and freelance writing from seasoned journalists while building a portfolio of professional-level clips to impress future employers.

The journalism concentration is part of Cal U's fully accredited bachelor's degree in English.

Discover our hands-on approach to education.

  • Gather facts, conduct interviews and cover beats in journalism courses that take you into the field.
  • Master on-the-job skills like writing features, meeting deadlines, editing articles for print and the web, and producing multimedia publications.
  • Complete three journalism-related internships and graduate career-ready.


Award-winning journalism faculty: Learn from real-world journalists who have gained national recognition and have years of experience at places like the L.A. Times and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Emphasis on publication: Coursework in your major will be submitted for publication in the campus newspaper, course magazines and even the Pennsylvania press.

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Cal U students received Mark of Excellence awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. 
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Degree Benefits

Cal U journalism program students are eligible to join the largest national organization for journalists: the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), where you can:

  • Network with top journalism professionals.
  • Get career support.
  • Find training opportunities. 
  • Participate in key industry conversations.
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Graduate Outcomes

Cal U journalism students find jobs as journalists, copy editors and freelance writers. They also thrive in advertising, business and human resources. Alumni employers include:

  • The Mon Valley Independent.
  • Beaver County Times.
  • Edible Allegheny
  • Brunner Marketing.
Journalism Concentration English - Bachelor's Degreee
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Multimedia Journalism

Are you interested in writing for the web? Our Multimedia Journalism course will teach you how to tell stories online using photos, audio and video.

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Careers at a Glance

What can you do with a journalism degree?

Program graduates Jose Negron '16 and Taylor Brown '15 are full-time staff writers for The Mon Valley Independent. Emily Geyer '15 is a copy desk editor at The Beaver County Times. Alix Kunkle '11 served as managing editor of The Junction City Daily Union.


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Cal Times

Want to work at a newspaper? You can get resume-boosting journalism experienceon campus at Cal Times - the premiere student-run news source for the Cal U campus and community.

Read the Cal Times

Journalism Concentration English Bachelor's Degree Courses

Cal U's bachelor of arts degree program in English offers a broad range of innovative journalism courses in which you'll master the history and techniques of the craft while actively publishing your work.

Example Courses
  • English Grammar and Usage
  • Press Law and Ethics
  • Studies in Writing
  • Multimedia Journalism
  • Journalism Genres
  • Publishing the Magazine
  • American Journalism

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Bachelor's Degree Concentrations
  • Creative Writing Program

    A concentration for English majors interested in fiction, poetry and other forms of literary writing.

  • Literature Program
    A concentration for English majors interested in American literature and literary theory.

  • English Certification Program
    A concentration for students pursuing a bachelor's degree in education who want to teach middle- or high school English. 

Undergraduate Minors
  • Journalism Minor

  • Literature Minor

  • Creative Writing Minor

Journalism Faculty

Dr. Anthony Carlisle
Assistant Professor and English Department Chair


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Dr. Carole A. Waterhouse


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