The Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (B.A.J.) provides students with a liberal arts education and includes the necessary training and tools to thrive in our digital era. Media School undergraduates will be taught to think critically, creatively and independently. They will learn to conduct research, evaluate information, and write and edit using the forms and styles appropriate to a variety of media. In addition to completing coursework and requirements specific to the B.A.J., students will also complete a second concentration.
Bachelor of Arts in JournalismStudents on Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019 requirements (JOURBAJ)The Media School
Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Journalism degree learn to read, think, and communicate clearly, critically, and creatively. The program is committed to liberal education in the arts and sciences as well as to professional training in the skills of journalism and mass communication. To achieve this balance, the B.A.J. requires students to complete at least 72 credit hours in coursework outside the disciplines of journalism and mass communication. The Media School believes that both breadth and depth of learning must characterize the undergraduate journalism experience. To this end, the Bachelor of Arts in Journalism degree emphasizes:
- Development of strong skills in writing, critical thinking, independent learning, mathematics, foreign language, computers, and new information technologies;
- Exposure to a broad range of coursework in the liberal arts and sciences, both in the College of Arts and Sciences and in the liberal arts courses within IU Journalism;
- Understanding of cultures outside the United States and of minority cultures within the United States;
- Training in the professional skills of journalism and mass communication, including reporting, writing, editing, visual communication, new communications technology, and collaborative group work;
- Training in statistical analysis and quantitative and qualitative research methods;
- Awareness of the institutions, processes, and effects of mass media in society;
- In-depth exploration of a subject other than journalism and mass communications; and
- Preparation for a lifetime of learning.