Journalism

  • Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (B.A., B.S.)

The journalism program at Grand Valley is grounded in the liberal arts, offering students a balance of courses that integrate theory and practice, preparing them to succeed in a rapidly changing and expanding multimedia landscape.

Program Offerings at Grand Valley

The program is flexible with a strong core of journalism requirements and multiple elective offerings to allow students to pursue their particular media interests. Emphasis areas include print or broadcast journalism, or a blend of the two. Students can select a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program of study.

Coursework

Journalism students study a variety of topics, including:

  • News and society
  • Reporting
  • Journalism history
  • Issues in journalism
  • Law and ethics
  • Editing
  • Broadcasting news
  • TV news production

Career Options

Journalism graduates find employment in all fields where strong communication and writing skills are required. Graduates find jobs in all media – print, broadcast, online – and in related fields, including business, health communications, public relations, and government.

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Web publications
  • Public and commercial TV
  • Public and commercial radio
  • Hospitals
  • Nonprofits
  • Public relations

Why Study Journalism at Grand Valley?

  • Starting in their first semester on campus, students can become involved in student media — newspaper, radio and TV — to gain experience and to prepare them for internships and related hands-on experiences.
  • The area is media rich: top 50 TV market with three commercial stations, two public TV/radio stations and over 50 radio stations. Area print media include four daily newspapers and 15 weekly newspapers, and many minority, arts, business, and other specialty publications. All area media feature internet-based information delivery products.
  • Students may apply up to 15 internship credits toward the 120 needed for graduation.
  • Accomplished professionals teach as adjunct instructors and complement full-time faculty.

For More Information

School of Communications
www.gvsu.edu/soc
(616) 331-3668
www.gvsu.edu/admissions

The small class sizes allowed for an opportunity to really get to know my professors. I was able to start my networking early and obtain several stellar internships through the connections I made. I was hired as a newspaper reporter the week before graduation.

MARY MATTINGLY
JOURNALISM STUDENT

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