Department of Journalism

Dr. Stephanie Craft, Department Head
119 Gregory Hall
810 S. Wright St.
PH: 217-333-2350

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college catalog page: College of Media

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Undergraduate Programs:

major: Journalism, BS
minor: Journalism

A degree in Journalism prepares students for exciting and fulfilling careers in traditional broadcast journalism, news-editorial journalism, and emerging media. The primary professional aim is to train students as public affairs and enterprise journalists. The Journalism Department seeks to prepare broadly educated professionals who will assume decision-making and leadership roles in a variety of media organizations.

director of graduate studies: Brant Houston

Graduate Programs:

degree: Journalism, MJ

degree: Journalism, MS

Graduate studies in the Department of Journalism comprise a dynamic and practical series of courses that prepare graduates for the rapid changes taking place in traditional newsrooms and digital media.

The faculty are internationally esteemed practitioners and scholars who offer instruction in a wide range of media and skills in investigative and immersion journalism, news design, science writing, social media, ethics and data analysis and visualization. Students also have the opportunity to take courses in world-renowned colleges on campus, including information science and computer science. 

Students will build a strong personal portfolio including their master’s projects that are published and aired through an array of award-winning professional newsrooms overseen by the department and carried by regional, national, and international outlets.