Students in the journalism major will select their emphasis in news or public relations, but all students take our core courses to prepare them for the years ahead.
Our program prepares students for careers in news, public relations, radio, video production, layout, design, media studies, media law, media entrepreneurship or a related field. It provides students with an understanding of the rights and responsibilities of the mass media and helps students develop critical thinking skills. We prepare students for graduate or law school.
In our skills courses, students get hands-on experience, learning the profession while having fun. Freshmen majors get immediately involved with our student media and can host on-air radio shows, live music programming or deliver the news on the student radio station, KRFH. Students can write for one of the campus publications, The Lumberjack or El Leñador newspapers or the Osprey magazine. Our students intern at local television and radio stations, public relations firms and other media outlets.
Our faculty have major media experience. We are equipped to teach the latest technologies as well as traditional journalism skills. Our strong ties to media professionals and successful alumni help our students land jobs and internships. We help our students build a solid portfolio and resume to show potential employers.
Students are required to complete 45 units in the journalism or public relations major. Several of our major courses also count toward general education requirements.