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Journalism major at Southwest Baptist University

Society needs people who will seek out the truth and work to make it known.

From the rise of the 24-hour news cycle, to the proliferation of social media, to the challenges faced by tradition “print” journalistic formats, the world of journalism is a fast-paced and demanding career field. In this age the need for dedicated, ethical journalists has never been greater. By integrating faith and learning, SBU will prepare you to maintain ethical standards in a secular world.

The SBU Advantage

  • Students are exposed to journalism through the lens of a Christian worldview
  • Diverse course offerings allow journalism and mass communication students to practice effective journalism in a variety of formats including print, electronic and social media, television and radio production and so much more
  • Faculty are highly knowledgeable about the everyday challenges to and demands of the field

Engaged Learning

  • Small class sizes allow students to tackle projects that are both innovative and challenging
  • “The Omnibus” (SBU’s award-winning student newspaper) and our radio and television courses allow our journalism and mass communication students to engage the campus and the wider world in constructive dialogue about important issues
  • Course Information

    A Journalism/Mass Communication degree is available as a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts (same requirements as a B.S. plus foreign language requirements). Classes include television production, newspaper writing and editing, journalism law and ethics, social media, a senior capstone project and an internship.

    Internship Opportunities

    Previous students have interned for major television shows, foreign embassies, and local media outlets to name just a few.

    Clubs and Organizations

    Missouri Broadcast Educators


    Students who are interested in being a part of the award-winning SBU Forensics team can audition for scholarships.

    Special Features

    SBu Forensics   Omnibus   SBU Theatre
    The SBU Forensics team has won 12 Pi Kappa Delta National Championships.   The “Omnibus” student newspaper offers hands-on opportunities for students to hone journalistic communication skills.    The SBU Theatre program produces shows throughout the school year.


    Degree Requirements

    COM/TEC 1013 Media and Society
    A study of communication strategies in mass media. The history, development and current structures of the media and their effects on society.
    COM/TEC 2043 Television Production I
    An introduction to television production. Students will learn all the fundamentals of television production including: editing, writing, shooting, directing, and producing. Students will demonstrate their skills by producing various projects such as music videos, interviews and news segments.
    COM 2223 Argumentation and Debate
    Emphasis on methods and theories of argumentation and debate. Attention to research, analysis, case building and oral participation.
    COM/TEC 3053 Television Production II
    Students will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to become television news production professionals and will receive advanced training in interviewing, writing, and producing.
    One of the following:
    COM 3003 Communication Theory
    Survey of theories in interpersonal, small group, organizational, rhetorical, mass media, and cultural communication contexts. Special emphasis on using theoretical knowledge to improve communication skills.
    COM 3303 Oral Interpretation of Literature
    Emphasis on theory and practice of communicating works of literature from the printed page.
    One of the following:
    COM 3013 Rhetorical Theory and Criticism
    This course offers in-depth exploration of both the theoretical and methodological aspects of rhetorical studies. Since rhetorical theories are foundational to the study and practice of effective communication, students will learn how to use both historical and contemporary rhetorical theories to analyze a variety of important texts including speeches, films, advertising campaigns, and any other type of persuasive discourse.
    COM 3313 Advanced Public Speaking
    Advanced study of preparation and delivery of various speech types. Special attention to extemporaneous and manuscript speaking.
    One of the following:
    COM 3343 Multi-Media Productions for Nonprofit Organizations
    This course will prepare students to design and produce multi-media campaigns suitable for nonprofit organizations. Students will design campaigns which utilize television, radio, print, graphics, and various other media.
    COM 4433 Interviewing
    This course will survey the relevant theories and practices concerning interviewing as a job-seeking and non-job-seeking communication behavior. Students will learn to conduct and participate in both journalistic and professional interviews.
    One of the following:
    COM 3373 Newspaper Writing and Editing
    An emphasis upon the essentials of journalism writing. Special attention to principles and skills required to gather, write and edit newspaper stories.
    COM 4433 Interviewing
    This course will survey the relevant theories and practices concerning interviewing as a job-seeking and non-job-seeking communication behavior. Students will learn to conduct and participate in both journalistic and professional interviews.
    One of the following:
    COM 3873 History and Contemporary Issues in Journalism
    This course is both a survey of the major landmarks of journalism history and an in-depth exploration of the issues and practices of contemporary journalism. This course will also consider how advances in communication technology and social media are reshaping the journalistic landscape.
    THR 2043 Introduction to Film
    An introduction to experiencing and understanding the cinematic arts. Upon successful completion, students will possess a conceptual framework and vocabulary that enhances their enjoyment of and ability to evaluate a film.
    ALL of the following:
    COM 3973 Journalism Law and Ethics
    This course explores the legal and ethical aspects of the profession of journalism.
    COM 4283 Communication and Social Media
    This course provides students the opportunity to learn to effectively use social media as an increasingly vital component of organizational public identity. The course will focus upon how social media is changing, the culture of organizational communication and identity as well as teach students how to become effective practitioners of social media communication.
    COM 4311 Senior Capstone
    This course is designed as a comprehensive measure of the knowledge and skill students have acquired in their particular communication arts major. There will be two primary dimensions to the capstone course: 1) an opportunity for students to reflect on and udnergo assessment of their body of work in their major; and 2) an opportunity to synthesize the knowledge of communication arts theory and practice in a final project performance. The portfolio and presentation will serve to demonstrate whether or not students have successfully completed the work required for their chosen degree. Since the department is diverse in emphases and specializations, each student will be given an opportunity to design a final project consistent with his/her interest and experience.
    COM 4983 Internship in Journalism/Mass Communication