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University Studies - Journalism in the College of Liberal Arts represents an interdisciplinary approach to journalism education, with an emphasis on writing-intensive courses (four would be required as part of the concentration) and electives from other disciplines that complement and support the critical thinking skills required of journalists in the 21st century. In addition to the concentration in journalism through the University Studies degree, students in the program are required to have a minor within the College of Liberal Arts and another outside the college, substantially broadening the interdisciplinary aspects of journalism education.
Students with a degree in University Studies - Journalism would be prepared for a successful life and career in several ways. Their coursework would emphasize critical thinking skills—a necessary component in the changing world of journalism that relies on writing for different types of media with frequent updates and differing audiences. They would be exposed to experiential learning through classes that require students to report and write on deadline and by the requirement for an internship in the field. They would develop and enhance strong writing skills by taking up to four writing-intensive courses. The very nature of journalism—constantly reporting and evaluating new information while examining new topics—would prepare them to be thoughtful consumers of information and encourage them to engage in learning throughout their lifetimes.