Bachelor - Journalism & Mass Communication

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Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication program is designed for students interested in developing writing skills they can apply to careers in mass media communications. Read on for more information about this online bachelor's degree program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The curriculum of Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication program focuses on the fundamental aspects of journalism and introduces students to news writing, research methods, multimedia environments, and editorial practices. Topics addressed in major courses include online writing and reporting practices, standard journalistic ethics, international media, the First Amendment and media regulations, research and data analysis, theories in political journalism, and feature writing techniques. A capstone course provides the opportunity for students to assemble a portfolio reflecting techniques and methods used on projects completed throughout the program.

What are the Prerequisites?

Prior to enrolling in Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication program, you should have strong written and oral communication skills and an interest in local and global events. All applicants to Ashford University should possess a high school diploma or its equivalent; some programs may have more specific requirements.

What are the Course Requirements?

Once enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication program at Ashford University, you will be required to earn 120 credits to successfully complete this program. This credit total consists of 36 credits in major courses, 52 general education credits, and 35 credits in electives. The two introductory courses fulfill three credits toward general education requirements and three credits toward electives requirements.

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication Course Requirements

Course NumberCourse Title
Introductory Course Requirements
EXP 105Personal Dimensions of Education
PSY 202Adult Development & Life Assessment
Major Course Requirements
JRN 231Survey of Journalism & Mass Communication
JRN 337News Reporting & Writing
JRN 333Ethics in Journalism
ENG 325Intermediate Composition
JRN 335Cyber-Journalism
JRN 331Advanced Writing & Editing for the Media
JRN 339Global Journalism
JRN 410Journalism Law
JRN 412Advanced Editorial & Feature Writing
JRN 415Methods of Research & Analysis in Journalism
JRN 425Journalism & Politics
JRN 497Journalism & Mass Communication Capstone

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication program, you could apply writing, reporting, and communication skills to a variety of positions in mass media and related areas. You could seek jobs in corporate communications, newspaper writing, editing, public relations, or marketing.

Positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Copywriter
  • Newspaper reporter
  • Marketing assistant

Advanced Degrees

While Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication program could prepare you for entry-level positions in the field, you might seek a graduate degree to satisfy possible requirements for career advancement. A master's degree might be needed for positions such as senior editor, marketing director, or advertising executive. Advanced degrees you could be eligible to apply for include:

  • Master of Arts in Journalism
  • Master of Arts in Communication
  • Master of Arts in Telecommunications

Certain degree programs may not be available in all states.

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