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.
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)
This program is available online.