2022-2023 Cal Poly Humboldt Catalog 
    Sep 25, 2022  
2022-2023 Cal Poly Humboldt Catalog

Journalism, B.A.

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The Journalism major prepares students for careers in digital media production, news, public relations, radio, media research and analysis and related fields. As early as freshmen year, students get hands-on learning producing content for our award-winning student media outlets The LumberjackEl LeñadorOsprey magazine and KRFH radio station.

Our primary focus is on producing ethical media practitioners while teaching students how to think more critically about the media they consume and produce. Students learn ways to communicate information effectively and tell compelling stories across media technologies. They study the role of the media in society and learn how media industries shape culture and are affected by political and economic systems.

Our students graduate to become writers, reporters, editors, magazine executives, page designers, copy editors, photographers, radio show hosts, news anchors, directors, documentary producers, public relations representatives, advertising directors, sports information directors, sports writers, online editors, web designers, media entrepreneurs and more.

We have two concentrations: News and Public Relations. In 2023, we plan to bring back our Media Studies concentration, so stay tuned for that and more exciting changes to come.

Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree

A bachelor’s degree requires a total of 120 units. Students must fulfill General Education & All-University Requirements , residency, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Bachelor’s Degree Requirements .

Requirements for the Major (45 Units)

Core Courses (33 Units)

Experiential Learning Courses

Complete 6 lower division units (each course may be used once to meet this requirement.)


Complete one of the following concentrations to fulfill the requirements of the major.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students completing this program will have demonstrated:

  • knowledge of media laws and First Amendment rights and limitations
  • they understand how media professionals, institutions, and industries produce and shape the news
  • they understand ethical principles related to mass media
  • they are able to gather information from diverse sources
  • they can write clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the communications professions, audiences, and purposes they service
  • they can critically evaluate their own work and that of others for accuracy and fairness, clarity, appropriate style and grammatical correctness
  • they can tell non-fiction stories across media forms using visual and audio tools and technologies.

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