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Department of Communication

Certificate of Journalism (offered Online)

Online news and information sites are transforming the field of journalism. Get the skills you need to break into this up-and-coming field through our innovative, award-winning Certificate in Journalism. Named a Program of Excellence by the national University Continuing Education Association — the most prestigious award in the field of distance learning — this exclusively online program lets you study with professors and professional journalists at the top of their field, many of whom offer specialized coursework not available through on-campus programs. Whether your background is in journalism or a completely different field, you’ll complete this five-course program prepared to work in travel writing, sports writing, photojournalism, science writing, arts criticism, citizen journalism, and a host of other dynamic fields.

Program Details

Admission: Open to students from all disciplines. No application necessary. Students must register early, at least two weeks before classes begin, or many classes will be cancelled.

Format: All courses are offered online through Continuing & Professional Education (regular semester courses taken on campus can also be applied toward the certificate).

Fees: This certificate requires students to take a total of 15 credits in five courses. The fee per credit is $380. There is an additional non-refundable registration fee of $45 each term. The registration fee is paid only once each term, regardless of how many courses a student enrolls in. Total cost for a 3-credit course is $1,185. You are also welcome to take any of our courses without pursuing the Certificate.

Curriculum: (subject to change):

RequiredJOURNAL 300, Newswriting & Reporting (completed Spring 2012)

Plus one "foundation course" (topics vary and are listed each session), plus additional online Journalism classes, for a total of 15 credit hours:

  • JOURNAL 201 Introduction to Journalism (completed Fall 2011)
  • JOURNAL 333 Introduction to Digital Photojournalism (completed Summer 2013)
  • JOURNAL 392P Writing for Public Relations (completed Summer 2013)
  • JOURNAL 392S Opinion Writing; Columns (completed Fall 2013)
  • JOURNAL 397W Introduction to Online Journalism (completed Summer 2012)
  • JOURNAL 460 Journalism Ethics (completed Fall 2012)