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.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: JOURNALISM CONCENTRATION

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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5 
Cal U students received Mark of Excellence awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. 
20:1 
Average student-to-faculty ratio.
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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.

Curriculum


Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First Semester 16
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
UNI 100 First-Year Seminar 1
General Education Courses 12
   
Second Semester 15
ENG 102 English Composition II OR Equivalent 3
General Education Courses 12
   
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 15
ENG 167 Journalism I 3
Literature Core Course
3
Writing Core Course
3
General Education OR Elective Courses
6
   
Fourth Semester 15
ENG 169 Journalism II 3
Literature Core Course
3
Writing Core Course
3
General Education OR Elective Courses
6
   
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 15
ENG 334 Newspaper Reporting 3
Literature Core Course
3
Writing Core Course
3
General Education OR Elective Courses
6
   
Sixth Semester 15
ENG 312 Journalism III 3
Literature Core Course
3
General Education OR Elective Courses 
9
   
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 15
ENG 499 English Studies Capstone Class 3
Any Journalism Elective 3
General Education OR Elective Courses 9
   
Eighth Semester 15
Any Journalism Elective 3
General Education OR Elective Courses 12
Total 120

All English majors are required to take two writing intensive courses from among the following: ENG 334, 337, 448.

42 of the 120 credits must be 300- or 400-level courses.


Program Requirements

Creating Writing Core (select one)

  • ENG 376 Creative Writing: Fiction
  • ENG 377 Creative Writing: Poetry
  • ENG 378 Creative Writing: Drama
  • ENG 495 Creative Writing Seminar
  • ENG 590 Summer Institute for Teachers and Writers

Literature Core (select one)

  • ENG 301 Brit Literature I
  • ENG 302 Brit Literature II
  • ENG 315 Survey of American Woman Writers
  • ENG 325 World Lit to 1600
  • ENG 326 World Lit from 1600
  • ENG 337 Survey of American Literature I
  • ENG 338 Survey of American Literature II

Language and Linguistics Core (select one)

  • ENG 345 Grammar and Usage
  • ENG 346 History of English Language
  • ENG 347 Introduction to Linguistics

Composition and Literacy Core (select one)

  • ENG 308 Research for Writers
  • ENG 352 Stud.in Writing
  • ENG 372 Comp Theory and Teaching of Writing
  • ENG 375 Advanced Writing
  • ENG 590 Summer Institute for Teachers and Writers

Special Topics (select three)

  • ENG 320 Multimedia Journalism
  • ENG 350 Journalism Genres
  • ENG 351 Publish the Mag
  • ENG 419 Internship
  • ENG 481 Old/Mid English
  • ENG 484 19TH Cent Lit.
  • ENG 485 20th Cent Lit.
  • ENG 487 Amer Literary Genres
  • ENG 489 Eng Literary Genres

Special Experience

  • ENG 499 English Capstone Class

Journalism Courses

  • ENG 167 Journalism I
  • ENG 169 Journalism II
  • ENG 312 Journalism III
  • ENG 334 Newspaper Rep

Journalism Electives (select two)

  • ENG 306 Press Law and Ethics
  • ENG 320 Multimedia Journalism
  • ENG 351 Publish the Mag
  • ENG 354 Amer. Journ.
  • ENG 350 Journalism Genres
  • ENG 419 Internship

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Bachelor's Degree Concentrations
3
  • 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
3
  • Journalism Minor

  • Literature Minor

  • Creative Writing Minor

Journalism Faculty

Dr. Anthony Carlisle
Assistant Professor and English Department Chair

carlisle@calu.edu

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Dr. Carole A. Waterhouse
Professor

waterhouse@calu.edu

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