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Journalism (B.A./B.S.)

A major in journalism prepares students with essential skills including: writing, speaking, critical thinking and technology. Through coursework and experiential learning opportunities, including a required internship, graduates are well-positioned for a wide variety of careers. Students may pursue a B.A. or B.S. in Journalism with coursework in both broadcast and news-editorial journalism. This versatile major prepares students to be digital storytellers, reporters, editors, designers for print, broadcast or online media, photojournalists, or communicators in government, with non-profit organizations or in the corporate world.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Like to write
  • Have strong communication skills
  • Are curious about the world around you
  • Can work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Want to make a difference

Career Opportunities

  • Reporter for a newspaper or TV station
  • Radio or TV news producer
  • Writer, Columnist or blogger
  • Copy editor
  • Digital and social media manager

Recent Employers

  • Sioux Falls Argus Leader
  • Mitchell Daily Republic
  • ESPN

Internship Opportunities

  • Jackrabbit Sports Network
  • 605 Magazine
  • Pierre Capital Journal
  • CBS Sports

Suggested Certificates

  • Experiential Learning
  • Graphic Design
  • Animation

Suggested Minors

  • Social Media
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Global Studies
  • Select a Modern Language (French Studies, German, or Spanish)

Clubs and Organizations

  • Journalism Club
  • The Collegian
  • KSDJ FM Radio
  • Society of Professional Journalists
  • Kappa Tau Alpha Honor Society

To learn more specific details about program requirements, view this program in the course catalog.

View the recommended academic plan.

Still deciding? Reflecting on your values, interests, personality traits, and skills will provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. FOCUS 2 CAREER, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you do just that. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 CAREER by using the code: jacks. After completing FOCUS 2 CAREER, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.