The goal of the journalism certificate is to cultivate the next generation of professional Christian journalists. To meet this goal, this certificate enacts three objectives:
- to provide a strong undergraduate preparation for students interested in career journalism;
- to encourage students to seriously consider journalism as a desirable Christian vocation, and
- to develop a global network of internship and career opportunities for student journalists.
Students pursuing the certificate will be approved by the program coordinator and will be expected to meet regularly with the coordinator and other journalism students for program review, networking, and career discussions. Certificate students will be required to attend two co-curricular or extra-curricular journalism events per semester for four semesters. Events may include guest lectures, involvement with The Record, or other student publications, consultation with visiting practitioners, and participation in World Journalism Institute conferences. Students are encouraged to take advantage of courses beyond the required 24 hours.
|Core Requirements 1|
|COMM 246||Media Production||4|
|or COMM 415||Special Topics in Journalism|
|Select one of the following Media and Society courses:||4|
|Media, Religion and Culture|
|Special Topics in Interpersonal Communication (topic by permission of the Journalism Certificate director)|
|Special Topics in Media and Culture|
|Special Topics in Rhetoric & Culture|
|Elective Requirements 1|
|Select 4 to 6 credits of the following:||4-6|
|Writing for Media|
ART 318, ART 319 or ART 383
ENGW 233, 333, or ENGW 444 (Requires permission of instructor and one 200-level writing course; topic varies and requires approval by Certificate Coordinator for Certificate credit.)
|Special Topics in Journalism (and/or COMM 416)|
|Practitioner Requirements 2|
|Select 6-8 credits of the following:||6-8|
|Total Credits Minimum||24|
At least 6 credits of core and elective requirements must be in upper division (300 or 400 level) courses.
At least four credits of practitioner requirements must receive a letter grade.
Transfer credit from the CCCU’s Best Semester Washington Journalism Center can be applied towards the certificate; 4 hours of the Washington internship will count as the graded internship (COMM 498 Journalism internship) requirement, and one additional Washington course of 3 or 4 hours will be the equivalent of COMM 415 Special Topics in Journalism. The remaining two hours of Washington internship credit will be counted as elective hours towards graduation. Students pursuing the CCCU Washington Journalism Center option will be required to complete 2 additional hours from Practicum or internship at Wheaton.