Bachelor of Arts

Communication with a concentration in Journalism

Your written word can shape our world. In a time when fact-finding and interpretation is more important than ever, TU provides an opportunity to gain real-life experience in journalism, photography, layout and interviewing skills. In this always-in-demand trade, TU gives on-campus students the opportunity to work on TU’s student newspaper, both online and print editions, and the campus radio station to gain valuable know-how.

Make It As A Professional Journalist!

Do you have the desire and motivation to become a working journalist? In this concentration, our faculty make it real by teaching you the specific investigative, writing and production skills necessary to work as professional journalist. As a student in the Journalism Concentration, you’ll also learn the tradition and responsibilities of professional journalists.

Core Curriculum of the School of Arts & Sciences 49 hours
Communication Major 24 hours
Concentration 15 hours

  • COM218 News Writing 
  • COM318 Feature Writing 
  • COM350 Elements of News Production
  • COM410 Advanced Reporting 
  • COM438 History and Tradition of American Journalism 

Total BA hours 121-123 hours

 

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.

On Campus - Offered in a 15-week semester format with start dates of January and August

All Communication concentrations offered

News Writing (COM218) - This course covers methods of gathering and evaluating news and writing typical news stories. Practice work covering assignments and preparing copy. This is a writing intensive course.

Feature Writing (COM318) - This course prepares the student for newspaper features and special articles for general circulation magazines, business, and trade journal sources, materials, markets and other factors pertinent to nonfiction writing. Students will analyze and write a variety of types of feature stories. This is a writing intensive course.

Elements of News Production (COM350) - This course introduces students to news production techniques through participation as a staff member of the student newspaper. Students will explore reporting and writing news stories, photojournalism, copy editing and layout and design of the newspaper in a multimedia format, using print and electronic platforms. Students will have the opportunity to create a portfolio of their work as well as learn transferable skills for a variety of employment settings. In addition, this course gives students the opportunity to learn problem-solving skills individually and in a group setting.

Advanced Reporting (COM410) - The purpose of this course is to give students training in news reporting and gathering methods. Course is a continuation of 218 and will give students further instruction in news story development and writing, as well as interviewing and note taking skills, as students pursue their own news stories. Students will be required to produce several, in-depth news stories and will explore Computer-Assisted Reporting methods. This is a writing intensive course.

  • Announcer
  • Copywriter or Editor
  • Director of Communications
  • Director of Social Media
  • Graduate or Law School
  • Journalist
  • Media Buyer
  • Promotional Specialist
  • Public Affairs Specialist
  • Safeguard Properties
  • WOIO
  • Advertiser-Tribune
  • Cox Media Group Ohio

Testimonials

  • I could not have asked for better faculty. I love how small the class sizes are because I really know the majority of my professors pretty well. More importantly, they know me really well and are aware of my future goals and aspirations. I know that I could seek help from any one of my mentors and they would give me the best advice that they had.

    -Beata Krembuszewski '17

  • "What I love about Tiffin University is the fact that I am learning about real-life experiences inside the classroom. Once I graduate, I know I will be prepared for a career in my field. I am thankful for the support I have received from my professors and classmates."

    - Hasan Abdul Elah, UAE

  • TU helped grow my network and give me experience by meeting students from other cultures and countries, and learning from a range of professors. Anyone who wants to feel connected to their fellow students, to their personable professors, and the community, then TU is place for you.

    -Alexis Mohr '06

  • The on-campus events and activities that are offered have made it easy to learn about a number of different topics. I also believe because of the diverse population here at TU it allows me to gain a broader perspective of different cultures and customs that I have not encountered before.

    -Payne VanTilburg '16

  • "The aspects of Tiffin University that I really like include low tuition cost and the fact that there are generous scholarships available for international students. Tiffin’s quiet atmosphere makes it easy to concentrate on your studies, but the surrounding cities have plenty to explore including a vibrant entertainment scene.”

    - Xin Guo, China

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