About the journalism major

Journalism is a broad field of study that will prepare you to write and to communicate about various people and events that shape lives. Journalists gather information and prepare stories to inform the public about local, state, national, and international events.

Public relations, a concentration of the journalism major, is a field in which professionals create messages and craft communications—such as newsletters, social media, news releases, and crisis communications plans—for organizations.

Whether you aspire to work in traditional media, public relations, or online journalism, this major will prepare you with a keen understanding of the world in which you’ll be working and the skills you’ll need to be a strong, ethical communicator.

Skills and abilities this major develops: interpersonal group relations, decision making, conflict management, marketing, community relations, and health care media messages (IU School of Liberal Arts, 2018).

Quick facts

Sample coursework

  • Communications law
  • Foundations of journalism
  • Media internship
  • Newspaper reporting
  • Reporting, writing, and editing
  • Visual communications
  • Writing for mass media

Possible careers

  • Advertising executive*
  • Communications manager
  • Corporate fundraising
  • Digital marketing consultant
  • Grant writer
  • Investigative reporter
  • Public relations specialist
  • Social media marketing

*This career requires additional training or education.

Where could I work?

  • Angi
  • Eli Lilly & Company
  • Indianapolis Star
  • IU Health
  • Media and communications
  • NUVO Magazine
  • Salesforce

Arts, Humanities, and Human Services Cluster

This major is part of the Arts, Humanities, and Human Services (AHHS) cluster. The AHHS cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in art and design, education, general studies, journalism, liberal arts, and social work. The AHHS cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools. 

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