Communication/Journalism, Print and Online Media Concentration, B.A.

Shippensburg University's Bachelor of Arts in Communication/Journalism is one of only three ACEJMC accredited programs in Pennsylvania and the only one in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. The print and online media emphasis prepares you for careers in journalism, social media, editing and more.

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What Will I Learn?

In this program you will learn:

  • How to gather and report news, write and edit content for web and print media
  • How to shoot and edit video and still photography
  • How to be inclusive in storytelling
  • About the laws and ethics that protect and inform journalism
  • How to conduct interviews
  • How to write and edit news and feature stories and create multimedia news packages
  • Ship’s Communication/Journalism Department offers one of only three programs in Pennsylvania that is fully accredited.
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Hannah Pollock reading newspaper outside

Meet Hannah Pollock

"I was very excited to learn that I would be able to join student media programs during my freshman year. Other colleges and universities I looked into did not offer this type of opportunity until I reached my junior or senior years."

How Hannah Found Success at Ship

What are the requirements for this degree?

Students must take 42 credits in the Communication/Journalism major to graduate. Those transferring into the major must have a 2.3 GPA.

The Undergraduate Catalog provides details about program requirements.

These areas of study may serve well as minors:

  • Business/marketing
  • Human communication
  • English
  • Political science
  • Sociology

What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?

Careers are available across many fields that include print and online media. Some positions include:

  • Reporter
  • Multimedia journalist
  • Editor

What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have on Campus?

The program has small class sizes for all skills courses. All writing and technology skills courses are limited to 20 students. You will have access to faculty, technology and cameras both in class and outside of class through student-run student media organizations. You will regularly work on class projects in the video and audio editing labs, the Mac lab and using apps on mobile devices. Expect to work with the Keystone Press award-winning student-run newspaper, The Slate. The Slate publishes a weekly newspaper and manages TheSlateOnline.com. You will learn how to cover campus, local and national news through class assignments and involvement in student media organizations.