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Program Overview

Program Description

If you believe the truth matters, and you are willing to put in the work to find it, journalism is much more than a career — it’s a calling.

The Journalism program at Centenary will teach you how to gather reliable information and then translate that knowledge into accurate, interesting and balanced writing. You will participate in highly interactive classes, where your classmates and professors freely share ideas on how to improve each other’s work.

Our journalism classes are often run with the deadline-driven atmosphere of a real newsroom. You will learn how to check for accuracy and execute on-the-spot rewrites to get a feel for meeting realistic, yet immediate, deadlines. Centenary's journalism students are taught to be ruthless in self-editing in order to help them see how much more vibrant and clear their writing can become.

Traditional and New Media Opportunities
Our Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Communication, Journalism concentration will prepare you to work in a variety of traditional print media — newspapers, newsletters and magazines — as well as news websites, blogs and social media. Graduates with journalism skills are also highly sought after in fields such as public relations, corporate communications and marketing.


A Voice on Campus
As part of the Journalism program, you will be a key contributor to Centenary’s two most important student publications:

“The Quill” - Centenary's student paper

As a member of “The Quill” staff, you will be a strong voice on campus, creating original feature stories, investigative articles, editorials and humor pieces. The publication is open to students in all disciplines, so you will have the chance to work alongside writers and editors majoring in fields as diverse as Political Science and Equine Studies. Working on “The Quill” also gives you a chance to create a published portfolio of work that you can use to apply for internships and job opportunities. In fact, former staff members have found jobs at national equine magazines and regional newspapers. A 2012 graduate is now a sportswriter for a Monmouth County newspaper.

“The Hack” - Centenary's yearbook

On the yearbook staff, you will learn what it takes to cover all aspects of college life in photos and text. You will also be involved in all of the creative and technical aspects of creating a book. This includes learning new skills ranging from computerized page layout and design to how to sell and promote a book.

Courses

Course # | Course Title | (Title Credits Completed)

  • AFC 1001 | Academic Foundations at Centenary I | (4)
  • CAT III | Arts and Humanities: Humanities | (4)
  • COM 1011 | Mass Media (CAT VI: Democratic) | (4)
  • WRI 1001/ | Comp & Rhet I OR Comp & Rhet II | (4)
    WRI 1002
  • CAT II | Mathematics
    (all MTH prefix courses except for remedial) | (4)
  • CAT IV | Social or Behavioral Sciences | (4)
  • COM 1014 | Film Appreciation (CAT III: Fine Arts) | (4)
  • WRI 1002/ | Comp & Rhet II & WRI 2012 Advanced Comp | (4)
    WRI 1012
  • COM 2011 | Introduction to Journalism | (4)
  • CAT V | Laboratory Science | (4)
  • CAT III | Arts and Humanities: Literature | (4)
  • ELECTIVE | Elective | (4)
  • COMM 1003 | The Quill OR The Hack | (2)
  • COMM 2000 | Interpersonal Communication | (4)
  • COMM 2001 | Public Speaking | (4)
  • ELECTIVE | Elective | (4)
  • ELECTIVE | Elective | (2)
  • CAT VI | Global Citizenship | (4)
  • COM 3005 | Mass Communication Law & Ethics | (4)
  • ELECTIVE | Elective | (4)
  • ELECTIVE | Elective | (4)
  • COM 3011 | Media Copywriting | (4)
  • COM 3014 | Photojournalism | (4)
  • COM | Internship or Major-Related Elective | (4)
  • ELECTIVE | Elective | (4)
  • COM 3013 | Non-Fiction Freelance Writing & Edition | (4)
  • ELECTIVE | Elective | (4)
  • ELECTIVE | Elective | (4)
  • ELECTIVE | Elective | (4)
  • COM 3018 | Writing for Public Relations | (4)
  • COM 4018 | Senior Communication Project | (4)
  • ELECTIVE | Elective | (4)
  • ELECTIVE | Elective | (4)
TOTAL NUMBER OF CREDITS: 128

NOTES:
1. To earn a Bachelor degree, all graduates must successfully complete a minimum of 128 credit hours.
2. Minimum of 32 credits must be taken at Centenary University.
3. All graduates must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above.
4. All graduates must have a minimum of 2.0 GPA in their major(s).
5. Courses that are special topic listed in the title, typically ending with a 99, are repeatable. Courses are counted multiple times and do not replace grades of the previous special topic course.
6. Credits can only be shared between the core and the major or core and minor requirements. Shared credits within the core requirements is not allowed.
7. Suggested electives for the Communication Major: COM1003; COM1004; COM2013; COM3011; COM3018; 2000 or above level English Literature.
8. COM1003 and COM1004 can be repeated for credit.
9. Economics can be applied toward either the global or democratic requirement, but not both.

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