All programs introduce students to best practices in gathering, reporting and publishing information in the public interest and seek to customize educational experiences to the background and goals of each student.
On-campus classes stress intellectually stimulating seminar-style classes taught by professors and adjunct faculty with strong academic credentials and professional experience. Online programs feature content and course design that is immersive, intuitive and interactive. Skills classes admit no more than 20 students.
The Bachelor of Arts Program prepares students for future roles in digital communication and multimedia journalism. Students are encouraged to complete internships and seek other media-based work. Students have opportunities to publish material developed through coursework.
The Master of Arts in Digital Journalism and Design is a fully online graduate school experience. Students can complete this 30-credit program in as little as one year (over three semesters). The digital journalism and design program teaches the fundamentals of multimedia reporting, self promotion and online entrepreneurship, as well as fundamental media theory and conventions. To learn more about the DJD program, visit its website.
The minor in mass communication is available to students pursuing any other major at USF. The minor requires a minimum of 18 hours of coursework. Students who wish to minor must apply for admission to the department.
The Graduate Certificate in Food Writing and Photography requires 12 credit hours that can be completed 100% online or as a hybrid of online and on-campus classes. The certificate can be earned by students concurrently enrolled in USF graduate degree programs and non-degree seekers alike. It can be completed in as little as two semesters (fall and spring). For more information, visit the program’s website.
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PROGRAM ACADEMIC LEARNING COMPACTS
Journalism & Media Studies aligns its curriculum to state-mandated academic learning compacts (ALCs) to ensure our students achieve mastery in five critical areas: Content/Discipline Skills, Communication Skills, Critical Thinking Skills, Civic Engagement and Multiculturalism / Diversity.
Each of our degree programs and our graduate certificate offer customized ALCs: