Bachelor of Science in Journalism
Department of Journalism and Public Relations
School of Media and Communication
College of Arts and Sciences
Journalism includes daily and weekly newspapers, radio and television, online publications, consumer magazines and public relations as well as business, industrial, technical, trade and professional publications.
Journalism graduates hold positions as reporters, writers and editors for newspapers, wire services, magazines, online publications, radio and television; photo journalists; public relations specialists in both corporations and nonprofit organizations; writers in specialized fields such as science, business, education, medicine and politics; and administrators managing the editorial, advertising and business functions of publications and other mass communications services.
Most graduates of Bowling Green State University’s journalism program seek a position in the profession immediately upon graduation. As the communication industry develops new technology there will be even greater opportunities for trained journalists and public relations practitioners in both the print and electronic media. Technological developments such as the Internet, mobile devices and direct broadcast satellites offer promise of continued growth in the job market for journalism graduates.
Majors in the journalism degree program have been offered at BGSU for approximately 60 years. Nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the degree program offers these specializations: print journalism, broadcast journalism and public relations. About 325 students are enrolled in the department. The faculty is composed of 11 full-time and several part-time members, all experienced journalists.
Students enrolled in journalism receive a broad education based on social sciences, humanities and natural sciences, as well as an understanding of the social, political and economic role of the mass media in a democratic society.
Students work in accurately simulated situations on modern equipment under faculty supervision. During the course of study, students complete at least two field experiences in a real-work situation in their area of concentration.
Students initially enroll as pre-journalism students and make a choice of specialization while enrolled in Journalism 2000, the first journalistic writing course. There are specific requirements that students must meet before being fully admitted to the program including the completion of at least 30 hours of coursework consisting of general education requirements (including GSW 1120 and Journalism 1000) with an overall grade point average of at least 2.7.
Opportunities for hands-on experience in journalism are available to all BGSU students, including freshmen, through the daily campus newspaper, The BG News, and other student-produced publications. Additional activities include: BG 24 News, a student-run live television newscast; WFAL-AM, WBGU-FM and WBGU-TV, the University radio and television stations; BG Radio Sports Organization, broadcasting more play-by-play college games than any other station in the U.S.; and BG Radio News Organization, providing hands-on experience for broadcast journalists.
Several professional groups sponsor active student chapters including: Public Relations Society of America, Society of Professional Journalists and National Association of Black Journalists.
One important aspect of the degree program is the requirement of two internship experiences. Completing these internships provides additional opportunities for students to meet professionals and ensures students graduate with competitive portfolios. This internship initiative is strengthened by BGSU’s close proximity to the Toledo metropolitan area and numerous established professional contacts.
Students also have the opportunity to be partnered with journalism alumni mentors when they declare their specialization.
Most skills classes in the degree program are taught in one of two multi-media computer labs providing access to the latest in technology including the World Wide Web. In addition, computer facilities are available to provide video tape and nonlinear editing, digital audio and digital photography capabilities. BG 24 News and WBGU-TV also provide access to television studios.
Any journalism or broadcasting courses offered in high school should be taken, and experience with the high school newspaper, yearbook or radio station can be important. Students are encouraged to take foreign language courses in high school because the journalism program includes a foreign language requirement. Students with four years of adequate high school foreign language coursework may be excused from part or all of this requirement.
Completing the requirements for high school graduation is necessary for admission to BGSU, but only finishing the minimum coursework will leave you unprepared for college. Consider taking four years of mathematics instead of the three that are required. Two, three or even four years of the same foreign language is excellent preparation for college. You will also benefit from competency in computer use. Courses that provide exposure to or training in the visual and performing arts are excellent choices.
Students transferring into the department must have a 2.7 grade point average in overall coursework. No more than 12 semester hours of journalism coursework will be accepted for transfer from junior colleges; no more than 12 semester hours of journalism coursework will be accepted for transfer from any ACEJMC accredited four-year institution.
BGSU's website for future students contains University highlights, admissions procedures, financial aid information and many department profiles. It can be accessed at www.bgsu.edu.
Bowling Green State University is a vibrant university that engages, challenges and prepares students for meaningful futures. At BGSU, students enjoy an education that integrates personal growth, academic excellence and an environment that expands their thinking and potential. A mid-size residential university, BGSU has an enrollment of approximately 20,000 and a full-time faculty of more than 900 on its main campus. More than 200 undergraduate majors and programs are offered as well as master's and doctoral level programs.
NOTE: Information in this guide is subject to change without notice. To learn more about the official program of study for Journalism and Public Relations, please check the undergraduate catalog online at: choose.bgsu.edu/catalog/JOUR