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Journalism - B.S.

Kent State University
Program overview
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
Kent
Fall

Kent
Spring

Program description

Journalism - B.S.

Journalists are reporters, watchdogs, storytellers. The Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism teaches students how to cover real stories that make a difference. Whether using a camera, a microphone, a smartphone or a laptop, students become journalists by doing journalism inside and outside the classroom.

Gaining critical skills that equip them for storytelling in all its forms, students will practice their craft in Kent State’s award-winning student media. Working with these outlets, students will learn how to engage audiences where they “live,” on TV, radio, online, social media and in print.

Journalism students will produce news and feature content on visual, digital and emerging platforms, and they’ll apply what they’ve learned as part of the required professional internship.

With a grounding in ethics and an understanding of media’s role in democratic society, students graduate prepared to continue as journalists or apply their skills to other professions that value critical thinking, information gathering and the ability to make sense of it for others.

Admission requirements

Freshman Students on the Kent Campus:

The freshman admission policy on the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. The Admissions Office at the Kent Campus may defer the admission of students who do not meet admissions criteria but who demonstrate areas of promise for successful college study. Deferred applicants may begin their college coursework at one of seven regional campuses of Kent State University.

Freshman Students on the Regional Campuses:

Kent State campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, as well as the Twinsburg Academic Center, have open enrollment admission for students who hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students:

All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score, minimum 48 PTE score or minimum 100 DET score; or by completing the ESL level 112 Intensive Program.


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Program content

Semester One

  • Media, Power and Culture (DIVD) (KSS)
  • Destination Kent State: First Year Experience

College of Communication and Information Core Electives

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Two

  • Communication Grammar Review
  • My Story on the Web
  • Writing Across Platforms

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Three

  • Storytelling Across Platforms

Journalism Skills Electives

College of Communication and Information Core Electives

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Four

  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship

Journalism Skills Electives

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Five

  • Comparative Politics (DIVG) (KSS)
  • American Politics (DIVG) (KSS) or
  • Public Policy or
  • World Politics (DIVG) (KSS)

Journalism Skills Electives

Journalism Specialization Electives

General Electives

Semester Six

Journalism Specialization Electives

College of Communication and Information Core Electives

Kent Core Requirement

General Electives

Semester Seven

  • Law of Mass Communication

Journalism Culminating Experience Electives

General Electives

Semester Eight

  • Ethics and Issues in Mass Communication (WIC)

Journalism Culminating Experience Electives

General Electives

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university's website for more information.

Tuition fees

Undergraduate

  • Tuition fees for Ohio residents: $11,587 USD per year
  • Tuition fees for residents of other states and international students: $20,463 USD per year

Qualification

Accreditation

Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC)

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate critical thinking, grounded in a legal and ethical framework.
  2. Gather information, analyze it and make informed judgments using methods and tools appropriate to their professions.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to apply theory and research appropriate to their professions, including quantitative and qualitative methods.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to apply basic ethical principles to their professional work.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to apply laws and regulations applicable to their professional work.
  6. Write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the communications professions, audiences and purposes they serve.
  7. Demonstrate understanding of how media and their professions evolved historically, their role in societal development and their global interaction today with institutions and individuals.
  8. Demonstrate appreciation for diverse cultures and individual differences, and reflect that appreciation in their work.

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Kent State University

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Kent State University

800 E Summit St
44242 Kent Ohio
United States of America

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