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Journalism and Professional Writing, BA

The journalism and professional writing major is interdisciplinary, so it offers a broad range of courses in writing and other areas of study, allowing students to design programs appropriate to their goals and interests.

The major consists of the following coursework:

Journalism and Professional Writing Foundation Courses (9-course units)

  • IMM 110: Intro to Digital Media
  • JPW 208: Digital Journalism
  • JPW 209: Broadcast Journalism or COM 212 Intro to Digital Filmmaking
  • JPW 308: Media Law / COM 210: Mass Media & the First Amendment
  • JPW 309: Media Ethics
  • JPW 311: News Editing and Production
  • JPW 390: Beats and Deadlines
  • JPW 475: Data Journalism
  • JPW 499: Media Experience

Journalism and Professional Writing Options (3-course units)

Select three courses:

  • JPW 250: Writing for User Experience
  • JPW 251: Feature Writing
  • JPW 271: Fact-Checking
  • JPW 320: Social Media Strategy
  • JPW 321: Race, Gender, and the News
  • JPW 322: Future of the News
  • JPW 335: Health and Environmental Journalism
  • JPW 350: Magazine Writing
  • JPW 370: Topics in Journalism
  • JPW 371: Topics in Professional Writing
  • JPW 372: Introduction to Media Entrepreneurship
  • JPW 385: Literature of Literary Journalism
  • JPW 391: Independent Study in Journalism or Professional Writing
  • JPW393: Independent Research 
  • JPW 397: Practicum (by permission)
  • JPW 399: Internship in Journalism or Professional Writing
  • JPW 401: The Washington Center
  • JPW 471: Topics in Professional Writing
  • JPW 493: Independent Research II
  • CS 102: Intro to Computational Thinking
  • COM 172: Intro to Media Communications
  • COM 220: Editing for Social Media
  • COM 261: Intro to Public Relations
  • COM 265: Emerging Communication Technologies
  • COM 269: Intro to Audio Production
  • COM 350: Documentary Production
  • COM 369: Advanced Audio
  • COM 371: Strategies in Public Relations
  • COM 380: News in our Lives Today
  • IMM 130: Design for the Web
  • IMM 280: Design Perspectives
  • IMM 240: Technical Writing

Journalism and Professional Writing Elective (1 course unit)

One course, by advisement, from outside the JPW offerings (e.g., creative writing, literature, business, design, political theory, science and technology, international studies).

Contact

Department of Communication, Journalism, and Film
Kendall Hall 235
The College of New Jersey
P.O. Box 7718
Ewing, NJ 08628

609.771.2278
artscomm@tcnj.edu

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