Bachelor of Science in Journalism with Public Relations Option

About

In the Bachelor of Science in Journalism degree, you’ll get a strong background in public relations. You’ll study different types of writing and learn how to use digital applications to publish material. You’ll get plenty of hands-on experience and choose from a wide variety of electives in Communication Studies, Technical Communication, Design, Art and Journalism.

We recommend you pair this degree with a minor in technical communication.

Curriculum & Requirements

Journalism: Public Relations Major, Bachelor of Science (BS)

The Journalism Program participates in an interdisciplinary major in Public Relations. Requirements for the major, when taken under the Journalism Program, are listed below; requirements for a similar major, when taken under the Department of Communication Studies, are listed under that department. The major provides the graduate with the theoretical and applied knowledge and skills required to competently enter the field of public relations in either the profit or not-for-profit sectors.

Note: a minor in Technical Communication is recommended.

Required Core Courses
JRNM 209MEDIA WRITING5
JRNM/TCOM 305PRINT LAYOUT AND CONTENT DESIGN5
JRNM/ENGL/TCOM 309GRAMMAR FOR PROFESSIONAL WRITERS5
JRNM 330PRINCIPLES OF JOURNALISM5
JRNM 335MULTIMEDIA JOURNALISM5
or JRNM 349 PHOTOJOURNALISM
or ART 308 PHOTOGRAPHY: BLACK AND WHITE
or DESN 350 DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
JRNM 395INTERNSHIP1-15
JRNM 453PUBLIC RELATIONS WRITING5
JRNM 470NEWS DESIGN4
JRNM 475DIGITAL EDITING4-5
or TCOM 409 EDITING IN TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION
TCOM 205INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION5
Required Supporting Courses
CMST 201PUBLIC SPEAKING5
or CMST 451 ARGUMENTATION AND PERSUASION
or CMST 458 TOPICS IN IMAGE, MESSAGES AND MEANING
CMST 330INTEGRATED METHODS FOR COMMUNICATION RESEARCH5
CMST 430COMMUNICATION IN ORGANIZATIONS5
CMST 461INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC RELATIONS THEORY5
CMST 462ADVANCED PUBLIC RELATIONS THEORY5
Senior Capstone Requirementent
JRNM 490SENIOR CAPSTONE: CONTEMPORARY TRENDS IN JOURNALISM4
Total Credits73-88

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Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully earn a BA in Journalism: Public Relations from EWU should be able to do the following:

  • analyze public relations opportunities, issues and environments;
  • demonstrate ability in public speaking and presentation to members of disparate publics in a variety of organizational situations;
  • prepare and execute effective public relations campaigns for multiple platforms and diverse audiences;
  • research and write clearly and concisely to meet the needs of various audiences.

Contact Us

For questions relating to the Journalism Department, please contact:

William Stimson, PhD

Professor; Director of Journalism
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