The journalism program offers an emphasis on writing and editing.
Students with career aspirations in reporting, magazine writing and freelance writing should enroll in this emphasis.
Please view the curriculum worksheet for information on work courses by emphasis.
Students are encouraged to pursue a minor or second major that fits in with their specific career goals. There are several student organizations at UWO that cater to the writing/editing student.
The campus chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists offers meetings and projects that allow students to learn from professionals in the field. Writing/editing majors also write for the Advance-Titan, the award winning weekly student newspaper at UWO.
Graduates from the writing/editing emphasis have found employment in newspapers, magazines, broadcast stations and government agencies.
“The well-rounded curriculum gave me the opportunity to take courses in a wide variety of disciplines and tested my versatility…an important advantage in the ever-evolving media job market.” – Melissa Johnson, freelance editor at Fitness Magazine in New York
Required: 15 credits by completing these courses
- 141 – Intro to Media: News, Public Relations and Advertising
- 221 – Writing for the Media
- 239 – Media Photography I OR 251 – Foundations of Multimedia Storytelling
- 324 – Editing
- 412 – Law of Mass Communication
Required: 9 credits by completing three courses listed — a course taken as a requirement does not count again toward the 9 credit in the emphasis electives or the 6 credit in the general elective requirements
- 327 – Reporting
- TWO of the following three courses:
- 413 – Feature Writing
- 428 – Advanced Reporting
- 441 – Interpretive & Persuasive Writing
Required: 9 credits by completing three courses from the following — at least 3 credits must be a 400-level course, unless a 400-level course is taken in the emphasis core
- 239 – Media Photography I
- 312 – Ethics OR 341 – Media & Society OR 371 – History of Journalism in U.S. OR 457 – Media Org & Mgmt
- 325 – Magazine Editing & Production
- 331 – Visual Media Design
- 413 – Feature Writing OR 428 – Advanced Reporting OR 441 – Interpretive & Persuasive Writing
- 451 – Online Publishing
Required: 6 credits from this list — classes already taken do NOT count again as general electives
|211 - Principles of Public Relations||340 - New & Emerging Media||428 - Advanced Reporting|
|239 - Media Photography I||341 - Media & Society||430 - Media Photography II|
|250 - Principles of Advertising||343 - Travel & Documentary Photography||431 - Reporting of Public Affairs|
|251 - Foundations of Multimedia Storytelling||347 - The Journalist in Literature and Film||440 - Application of New & Emerging Media|
|312 - Media Ethics||351 - Advertising Copy, Layout & Production||441 - Interpretive and Persuasive Writing|
|315 - Public Relations Techniques||353 - Advertising Media||451 - Online Publishing|
|319 - Case Studies in Public Relations||371 - History of Journalism in the United States||454 - Selected Topics|
|325 - Magazine Editing & Production||380 - International Press/Comparative Mass Communications Systems||455 - Public Relations Campaigns|
|327 - Reporting||413 - Feature Writing||457 - Media Organization & Management|
|331 - Visual Media Design||424 - Strategic Campaigns in Advertising||472 - Research in Strategic Communication|
Non-Journalism Required Courses
All Journalism majors must take:
- Computer Science 125 – Worldwide Website Development
- History 202 – Modern United States History Since 1877
- Political Science 105 – American Government and Policies
- Add ONE from the list below:
- 67-189 PBIS Statistics
- 67-201 Applied Statistics
- 86-203 Elementary Psychological Statistics
- 92-281 Social Statistics
The Internship (427) course will NOT count toward the 39 credits for the journalism major.