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Bachelor of Arts in Digital Journalism

Lead Faculty: Dr. Sara-Ellen L. Amster, Ph.D

The Bachelor of Arts in Digital Journalism is a pre-professional program that provides students with a solid foundation in traditional journalistic practices and theories as well as in the new forms of digital journalism that are rapidly reinventing the field. The course of study includes the theory and methods of gathering information and writing for news beats, as well as reporting and writing, investigative and features stories. The program introduces students to the professional responsibilities faced by journalists and news organizations with in-depth study of the ethical and legal ramifications of news gathering and dissemination.

Students become versed in writing for different media outlets ranging from print to broadcast and Web-based formats such as multimedia pages, blogs and podcasts. Students will actively engage in reporting and writing assignments in order to produce a professional portfolio that is tailored to their goals and enables them to compete for employment in the field of 21st century journalism. Graduates of the program will be prepared to embark on varied journalism career paths at newspapers and magazines, broadcast outlets, convergent newsrooms and new media entities.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Work in groups to publish an online or print news product.
  2. Write in a variety of story forms, including news and feature.
  3. Write focused news and feature stories for a variety of platforms.
  4. Identify the elements of style and structure in news and feature stories.
  5. Apply copyediting rules and techniques for fact-checking.
  6. Identify what constitutes news.
  7. Apply ethical principles of journalism during reporting, writing and producing.
  8. Recognize the legal boundaries of the First Amendment that balance the freedom and responsibility of the press.


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 (3 courses; 10.5 quarter units)

Requirements for the Major (14 courses; 63 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):
Upper-Division Elective Courses (2 courses; 9 quarter units)
To complete the requirements for the major in journalism students must take two elective courses at the 300 400 level. 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: business, health, economics, ecology, etc. All journalism majors should seek the advice of the faculty advisor before selecting electives.

Program Information

Online Education

This program is available online.

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