Bachelor of Arts in Digital Journalism

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The Bachelor of Arts in Digital Journalism is a pre-professional program that provides students with both a solid foundation in journalism fundamentals and mastery in delivering news and information using multiple media and platforms. The course of study includes the theory and methods of gathering information, and reporting and writing for specialized audiences. The program also introduces students to the professional responsibilities faced by journalists and news organizations through in-depth study of the ethical and legal ramifications of news gathering and dissemination.

Throughout their course of study, students will report, write and produce news stories that will contribute to a professional employment portfolio. Students are expected to have access to a high-speed Internet connection on a laptop or desktop computer, as well as an Internet-enabled mobile device such as a tablet computer or smart phone. Program graduates will be prepared to embark on varied journalism career paths at print, broadcast and online news outlets, or to work as journalism entrepreneurs.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Tell compelling stories across platforms in a variety of forms.
  • Demonstrate mastery of the elements of style and structure across story forms.
  • Demonstrate mastery of copyediting and fact-checking techniques.
  • Exhibit mastery of journalism ethics in reported stories.
  • Balance journalistic freedom with responsibility in reported stories.
  • Exhibit a global perspective in reported stories.
  • Evaluate the impact of one’s own published stories.

Requirements

To receive a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Major in Digital Journalism, students must complete at least 180 quarter units as articulated below. Forty-five (45) quarter units must be completed in residence at National University and 76.5 must be completed at the upper-division level, with a minimum of 70.5 units of the University General Education requirements. In the absence of transfer credit, students may need to take additional general electives to satisfy the total units for the degree.
Prerequisites for the Major (4 courses; 15 quarter units)
Requirements for the Major (13 courses; 58.5 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):
Upper-Division Elective Courses (3 courses; 13.5 quarter units)
To complete the requirements for the major in journalism students must take at least three elective courses. Elective courses should be chosen based on student career plans and may be taken in any subject that provides the student with an expertise in a particular area or field of journalism (i.e., business, economics, political science, the arts). Students should seek guidance from the program lead faculty before selecting elective courses.