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The people have the right to know — and journalists make sure they do. As a journalism major, you'll make the events and issues of the world understandable to citizens by presenting information in compelling and accurate reports. From investigating to reporting, from layout to editing to storytelling for the Web, journalists ensure that the world knows what is happening.

Follow in some big footsteps.

Students from Marquette's journalism program have gone on to become a New York Times columnist, a senior writer and weekly columnist for Sports Illustrated, and Pulitzer Prize-winning writers for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Seattle Times and The Washington Post.

Be a working journalist.

Through national and local internships, Marquette's journalism majors work with Newsday in New York; The Associated Press in Washington, D.C.; The Chicago Tribune; the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; and Milwaukee's Catholic Herald. Marquette students also intern in Milwaukee radio and television station newsrooms.

Learn digital storytelling.

Students learn the art of journalism using a range of digital media. Sharpen your skills by choosing to specialize in newspapers, magazine publications or visual communication, including photojournalism and video journalism.

The ethics of news reporting.

Our University Core of Common Studies will help you make sense of a broad range of news stories and prepare you to wrestle with the ethical dimensions of what to report and how to report it.

Get in on the action.

Work and get paid for it at The Marquette Tribune, our award-winning, twice-weekly student-run newspaper. Even as a freshman journalism major, you'll work on important stories, interview city administrators, review movies and shows, write editorials, and cover Marquette and professional athletics.

Suggested curriculum

Major courses are bolded.

Freshman

  • Practicum in Student Publications
  • Digital Journalism I
  • Introduction to Communication
  • Media in Society
  • Rhetoric and Composition I
  • Histories of Cultures and Societies or American History Elective
  • Foreign Language or Diverse Cultures
  • General Psychology or Principles of Sociology

Sophomore

  • Introduction to Visual Communication
  • Digital Journalism II
  • Digital Journalism III
  • Contemporary Presentation
  • Introduction to Communication Research Methods
  • Introduction to Anthropology
  • Modern Elementary Statistics
  • Science and Nature Elective
  • Introduction to Economics
  • American Politics
  • Philosophy of Human Nature

Junior

  • Journalism Theory/Research
  • Publications Editing
  • Journalism Writing Elective
  • Journalism Design Course
  • Mass Communication History Elective
  • Introduction to Theology
  • Theory of Ethics
  • Anthropology, Psychology or Sociology Elective
  • Minor/Elective Courses
  • Literature or Performing Arts Elective

Senior

  • Ethical Problems of Mass Media
  • Media Law
  • Two Journalism Writing Electives
  • Capstone
  • Theology Elective
  • Minor/Electives Courses

Journalism

You might like the Journalism major if you

✓ A good writer and love language

✓ Interested in current events

✓ Alert, involved, inquisitive and energetic

What can you do with a major in Journalism?

Journalism majorThe strong writing, editing and critical thinking skills you'll develop as a journalism major will serve you well in any field, but most graduates go on to careers in newspapers, magazines or Web communication; with publishing companies; in business, industry or public relations; or pursue law or graduate studies.

Learn more about what you can do with a major in journalism.

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