Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication
Explore the exciting world of journalism as it evolves from the print media to the internet when you earn your Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication degree online from Ashford University. Learn the rights and responsibilities of news media professionals in a democracy.
- Total number of credits required: 120 credits
- Introductory Course Requirement: 3 credits
- General Education Requirements: 52 credits*
- Major Course Requirements: 39 credits*
- Electives: 29 credits
* In this program, 3 credits from the major may also satisfy General Education requirements.
To earn your Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication at Ashford, you must complete 120 credits. You will need to complete 30 upper-division credits, of which 18 credits must be from the major program. A total of 30 credits must be completed at Ashford University to meet the residency requirement. You may be able to transfer up to 90 approved credits from community colleges, other previous college coursework, or other life experiences such as military service or job training toward your degree.
Successful completion of this program by itself does not lead to licensure or certification in any state, regardless of concentration or specialization. Further, Ashford University does not guarantee that any professional organization will accept a graduate’s application to sit for any exam for the purpose of professional certification. Students seeking licensure or certification in a particular profession are strongly encouraged to carefully research the requirements prior to enrollment. Requirements may vary by state. Further, a criminal record may prevent an applicant from obtaining licensure, certification, or employment in this field of study.
What you will learn
With the advancement of electronic media has come increasing demand for responsible journalists – professionals with the skills and knowledge to use new media and to broadcast timely information to the public. You will create portfolio pieces throughout your program that may be assembled into an electronic portfolio to showcase your professional journalistic skills. Upon completion of your Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication degree program, you will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the rights, roles and responsibilities of news media professionals
- Apply the journalistic concepts of accuracy, timeliness and impact
- Demonstrate professional-level communication skills in the areas of print, online media layout, report, editorial writing and interviewing
- Apply ethical principles and decision-making in the practice of journalism
- Demonstrate the research skills necessary to interpret and analyze public records, reference materials, and internet resources
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BA in Journalism and Mass Communication
Discover the Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication. In this video, Program Chair of the BA in Journalism and Mass Communication, Dr. Teresa Taylor Moore explains what you can expect to learn during the degree program and how it will prepare you for a rewarding career in journalism.
Your Courses in Journalism and Mass Communication
Turn your career into a search for truth when you earn your Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication degree. You will create an electronic portfolio of work to showcase your professional journalistic skills. Your courses include a wide range of topics, from composition and editing to research and analysis.
To help students acclimate to the online classroom, you may be required to complete Introductory Course requirements. Learn more about Introductory Courses .
Major Course Requirements (39 credits, all courses are 3 credits.)
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