Modern society has come to rely on journalism and journalists to draw connections between the parts of a huge, complex, restless system that might easily fragment and turn against itself. The centrality of journalists in explaining a dynamic, ever-changing world makes journalism a profession requiring a wide variety of inter-related skills: observation, analysis, and above all, mastery of clear expression, explanation, and interpretation. 

At MCLA, you learn the craft of journalism along with other arts like storytelling, social and historical analysis, and rhetorical persuasion. You also develop a "nose for news" and understand the news value of a story as a commercial commodity.

After your introductory journalism courses, you are invited to participate in news teams who write and edit the campus newspaper, produce television news broadcasts, and function as editors or columnists. To extend your competence in this demanding and exhilarating profession, we encourage you to intern at a newspaper or broadcasting outlet.


Total credits required for Journalism concentration: 46-51  

Foundation courses - 24 credits

Department electives - 6 credits 

Concentration Courses

  • Writing & Reporting the News I (ENGL 239) -  3 credits
  • Magazine Writing & Editing (ENGL 305) or Issues in Journalism (ENGL 328) - 3 credits
  • News Editing Practicum (ENGL 321, required) - 1-6 credits
  • Writing & Reporting the News II (ENGL 339) - 3 credits

Two communications electives at the 200-level or above - 6 credits

  • Introduction to Black & White Photography (ENGL 205)
  • Literary Journalism (ENGL 221)
  • Publication Design & Typography (ENGL 323)
  • Advanced Photography (ENGL 337)
  • Photo-Journalism (ENGL 338) 
  • Senior New Editing Practicum (ENGL 427) 
  • Special Topic in Mass Communication (ENGL 481), by subject; this course may be repeated  
  • Directed Independent Study (ENGL 500) 
  • Internship (ENGL 540)