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Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication

Considering a degree in journalism? Explore this exciting area, and document the world’s events, as media evolves from the printed page to the internet when you earn your Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication degree online from Ashford University. With this degree, you can learn the rights and responsibilities of news media professionals in a changing social and political landscape. A BA in journalism can prepare you with the necessary skills in order to research, write, and edit information that can be distributed in print, online media, or even broadcast live.

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What you will learn

With the advancement of electronic media has come increasing demand for responsible journalists - professionals with the skills and knowledge to use new media and to broadcast timely information to the public. During your journalism degree program, you will create portfolio pieces throughout your program that may be assembled into an electronic portfolio to showcase your professional journalistic skills. Upon completion of this degree, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the rights, roles, and responsibilities of news media professionals
  • Apply the journalistic concepts of accuracy, timeliness, and impact
  • Demonstrate professional-level mass communication skills in the areas of print, online media layout, report, editorial writing and interviewing
  • Apply ethical principles and decision-making in the practice of journalism
  • Demonstrate the journalism research skills that are necessary to interpret and analyze public records, reference materials, and internet resources

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Your Courses in Journalism and Mass Communication

Turn your career into a search for truth when you earn your Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication degree. You will create an electronic portfolio of your journalism work to showcase your professional journalistic skills. Your online journalism degree courses include a wide range of topics, from composition and editing to research and analysis.

Introductory Courses
To help students acclimate to the online classroom, you may be required to complete Introductory Course requirements. Learn more about Introductory Courses.

Major Course Requirements (39 credits, all courses are 3 credits.)

BA in Journalism and Mass Communication

Discover the online journalism degree as Ashford University. In this video, Program Chair of the BA in Journalism and Mass Communication, Dr. Teresa Taylor Moore explains what you can expect to learn during the degree program and how it will prepare you for a rewarding career in journalism.

If you have a passion for information, media, and relaying meaningful messages to your audience, then consider pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication at Ashford University.

Careers in Journalism and Mass Communication

Whether you choose to work in radio, television, online, or some other journalism and mass communication medium, your fact-finding and reporting skills will be crucial to your success. Many professional journalists who have earned a BA in the field can work for online or print news companies, magazines, newspapers, as well as positions in the radio and TV industries. Take a look at some potential career options that could be possible after earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Journalism and Mass Communication Careers

Faculty & Support Journalism Studies

Ashford’s distinguished Journalism and Mass Communication faculty members are here to support you on your journey to earning your bachelor's degree in journalism. The Ashford faculty each hold the appropriate credentials, and have the professional experience needed to help prepare you for a career. Ashford University also provides students with a team ready to help start planning beyond graduation. Career Services can provide you with a customized career-planning experience that is tailored to your priorities and goals. 

Online Chapter Society of Professional Journalists

This online chapter for the Society of Professional journalists is dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press as the cornerstone of our nation and our liberty. Ashford is proud to have established the first ever online chapter for students, providing you with the access to your professional journalism development, local connections, industry news, and journalism advocacy. Join the online chapter for journalism and mass communication students.

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Are you currently a licensed RN?

This program requires you to be a current licensed registered nurse. Please check out other programs to reach your education goals such as the BA in Health and Wellness.