Bachelor's Degree in Communication - Journalism

Department of Communication

Degree Description

From blogs to newspapers, social media and more, the Lamar University Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication-Journalism is an exciting path for those with curious minds. You'll learn cutting-edge computer assisted design and research techniques you can use from investigative journalism to broadcast journalism. We also offer internships both on campus and beyond that you can take advantage of in order to build your portfolio. No matter your career goals, you'll have the opportunity to explore the changing landscape of news.
We also offer a Journalism Education concentration in cooperation with the College of Education and Human Development. You'll balance your training in communication and journalism with learning about outcomes in general education, pedagogical content knowledge, content proficiency, pedagogical strategies, communication skills, values and analytical abilities. You'll also develop dispositions and habits of mind needed for lifelong learning that will equip you to encounter problems and change with confidence.


Why Study Journalism at Lamar?

In addition to desktop publishing, the Bachelor of Science in Communication-Journalism at Lamar University provides access to practical internships both off-campus with professional journalists and on-campus with the staff of LU's award-winning student newspaper, the University Press. These internships give you the opportunity to gain real-world experience and to build portfolios of published materials that are essential to gaining employment after graduation. 
For Journalism Education students, you will participate in the Communication Department while also developing a network of educator colleagues in the Teacher Education Department, which will manage your internship and student teaching.

Career Paths

Your degree in communication with a focus on journalism can lead to career opportunities in news and broadcasting as well as jobs in business and education. As an entry-level journalist, you'll likely work for a local or state media outlet, but journalism jobs are available on national and international levels as well. You might be employed by a newspaper company or television or radio station, or you might work on a contractual basis as a freelancer.

The skills you acquire through this program, including researching, writing and editing, can be applied to a number of jobs. Combined with the requirements of the Texas Education Agency for teacher education and certification, you may find your path to a career as a journalism educator.

Primary Careers

Journalist, Correspondent or Anchor, Journalism Teacher

Meet the Faculty

Dr. Natalie Tindall, Chair
Associate Professor

Strategic Communication, Public Relations
Dr. Raymond Rui
Assistant Professor

Social Media, Interpersonal, OrgComm
Dr. Nicki Michalski
Associate Professor

Rhetoric, Argumentation, Critical Thinking
Dr. Mahmoud Salimi
Assistant Professor

Film and Video Production