B.S. in Communication - Journalism

Students working on the University Press newspaper

From blogs to newspapers, to social media and more, our bachelor's degree program in communication with an emphasis in journalism is an exciting path for those with investigative, 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.

Journalism majors must complete 30 credit hours in the departmental core and 24 hours of journalism studies. These courses include news gathering and reporting, editing and copywriting, photojournalism, advertising practices and principles, and independent academic studies in media under the tutorship of faculty members.

Students across all emphases also have to opportunity to explore the changing landscape of news. The modern journalist must be proficient in all forms of media, including video, blogging and all forms of social media. The Department of Communication works across disciplines to prepare students for the ever shifting demands of the workplace.

In addition to desktop publishing, majors also participate in practical internships both off-campus with professional journalists, and on-campus with the staff of Lamar University's award-winning student newspaper, the University Press. These internships give students the opportunity to gain real-world experience and to build portfolios of published materials that are essential to gaining employment after graduation. Acquaintances and contacts students make in the regular course of required internships are invaluable to future careers, and the practical experience they receive prepares them for success in the field.

University Press

The University Press, Lamar’s student newspaper, is an award-winning publication with a reputation for excellence. The newspaper is distributed across 47 locations around campus, as well as on the web at

The UP is a member of the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association, and also competes in competition at the Press Club of Southeast Texas, Houston Press Club, Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists. University Press staffers, hailing from nearly 50 countries, have averaged more than 28 awards a year since 1976.

Directed by Andy Coughlan, the UP is part of the College of Fine Arts and Communication, and is published weekly during long semesters.