Journalism Course Listings

A major and minor in journalism are available, as well as teacher certification in journalism for grades 5-12.

Major in journalism

45 credit hours

  • Comm 200, Communication Practice 2
  • Comm 202, Oral Communication3
  • Comm 204, Expository Writing 3
  • Comm 212, Digital Media Production 3
  • Comm 240, Communication Research 3
  • Comm 250, Writing for Media 3
  • Comm 270, Media Law and Ethics 3
  • Comm 326, Creating for the Web 3
  • Comm 350, Reporting for the Public Good 3
  • Comm 383, Communication and Society 3
  • Comm 409, Internship 4
  • Comm 410, Senior Seminar 3
  • Selected from the following courses: 9
    • Comm 108, Digital Design
    • Comm 190, Introduction to Radio
    • Comm 255, Photo Communication
    • Comm 260, Broadcast Writing
    • Comm 290, Radio Operations
    • Comm 308, Feature Writing
    • Comm 312, Advanced Digital Media Production
    • Comm 324, Principles of Public Relations
    • Comm 385, Studies in Communication: Religious Journalism
    • Comm 386, Film
    • Comm 412, Special Project
    • Engl 334, Writing Creative Nonfiction
    • Thea 235, The Power of Story
    • WGS 375, Gender in Popular Culture
  • At least four semesters participation in GCTV, Record, and/or WGCS NC

Student learning outcomes

Graduates in journalism will:

  1. Comprehend a core of knowledge in the field.
  2. Create a diverse portfolio that reflects multimedia storytelling.
  3. Demonstrate a set of professional skills and competencies in their practice of journalism.
  4. Serve the college and broader public through co-curricular media involvement.
  5. Demonstrate competence in securing and completing two or more internships.
  6. Report that courses and other collegiate training prepared them for a position in journalism or a related career.
  7. Integrate Christian values, professional conduct and a global perspective.

Planning guide

First year Goshen Core
Communication Research
100-299 level courses in major
Second year Goshen Core
Media Law and Ethics
Expository Writing
Other courses in major
SST
Third year Goshen Core
Communication and Society
Courses in major
Fourth year Balance of Goshen Core
Balance of major
Internships
Senior Seminar

Planning and advising notes

Comm 200, Communication Practice should be with a co-curricular closely related to the major. The journalism major requires two internships: one for three credit hours and a second for one credit hour. A portfolio or its equivalent is required for graduation.

Teacher certification for journalism education is available for grades 5-12. Courses needed in addition to the journalism major are Comm 190, Comm 260, and 32 credits of education courses, including a semester of student teaching. The first education class, Educ 201, should be taken in May term of the first year or fall of the sophomore year. See the Education department catalog and web pages for more details about requirements.

All journalism majors and minors must earn a grade of C- or higher in all courses required for their major or minor. Failure to attain this level of achievement requires the student to either repeat the course (for specific requirements) or take an additional course (an option for elective courses) and achieve a grade of C- or higher.

A maximum of 45 credit hours in communication courses may be applied to a degree. Also, no more than 12 credit hours in experiential learning (Comm 200, 209, 409 or 412) may be applied.

Minor in journalism

18 credit hours

  • Comm 212, Digital Media Production 3
  • Comm 250, Writing for Media 3
  • Comm 350, Reporting for the Public Good 3
  • Comm 409, Internship 3
  • Selected from the following courses (at least 2 credit hours 300 level and above):6
    • Comm 108, Digital Design
    • Comm 190, Introduction to Radio
    • Comm 255, Photo Communication
    • Comm 260, Broadcast Writing
    • Comm 290, Radio Operations
    • Comm 308, Feature Writing
    • Comm 312, Advanced Digital Media Production
    • Comm 326, Creating for the Web
    • Comm 385, Studies in Communication: Religious Journalism
    • Comm 412, Special Projects