Journalism

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism

Today’s consumers want the news in every form—on their phone, in a podcast, through social media, on television. Auburn’s journalism program prepares students to tell stories through all news platforms, both digital and traditional.

With a B.A. in journalism, students develop a thorough foundation in how to research and report news and features and the importance of grammar, spelling, word usage, and Associated Press style. Students may choose to specialize in broadcast, community, digital technology, entrepreneurial/business, health and science, investigative, magazine, sports, or visual journalism. Since the tools journalists use to tell their stories are always changing, journalism students become up-to-date on the latest software, digital technology, social network sites, and Web design. Students become multi-platform content creators who can produce and edit broadcasts, audio stories, and Web videos; design newspaper and magazine pages; and create websites. Those interested in broadcast journalism are able to take courses in our state-of-the-art television station, which opened in 2013 in conjunction with our partnership with Raycom Media. Our majors get additional hands-on practical experience through working at the student newspaper, television station, radio station, magazine, or yearbook.

Journalism students can expect to be prepared to work in a variety of media outlets such as television stations, newspapers, magazines, online news sites, radio networks, and other communication companies. The foundation offered by Auburn’s journalism program prepares graduates to successfully report the news in the varied forms it takes.

Learn more about the path towards a degree and career in journalism from the Career Center’s Pathways.

Minor in Journalism

A minor in journalism & requires a total of 18 hours of coursework including:

  • three foundational communication courses
  • three specialty journalism courses

For more information about Journalism

Journalism Program Website


  • Dr. Judith Sheppard, journalism program advisor

  • sheppje@auburn.edu
  • 227 Tichenor Hall
  • (334) 844-4594

Careers in Journalism

Newspaper Publishing

  • Reporting
  • Editorial/Column Writing
  • Feature Writing
  • Investigative Journalism
  • Sports
  • Online Journalism
  • Photojournalism
  • Editing
  • Proofreading
  • Circulation
  • Marketing/Promotion
  • Production

Magazine/Newsletter Publishing

  • Writing
  • Editing
  • Advertising/Sales
  • Promotion
  • Circulation
  • Design, Art, and Production
  • Investigative Journalism
  • Photojournalism

Book Publishing

  • Editing
  • Sales
  • Promotion
  • Publicity
  • Production
  • Subsidiary Rights

Electronic Media

  • Television
  • Radio Programming/Production
  • Electronic Publishing
  • Video Production

Curriculum in Journalism

Students must apply for admission to the JRNL major. Before applying, students must: 1) Have a minimum of a 2.3 GPA in ENGL 1120 and a Core Social Science course*; 2) Complete ENGL 1120, CMJN 2100 or 2103, and a Core Social Science course* with a C or better; 3) Successfully pass JRNL 1AA0 or JRNL 1100 with a “B” or better; 4) Complete JRNL 2210 with a “C” or better; 5) Successfully complete 30 hours of degree-applicable course credits (including AP and proficiency credits; and 6) Write a 300-word essay explaining how the applicant expects to contribute to the field of Journalism and his/her career goals. See the School adviser or the associate director for Journalism for further information. Students who transfer to Auburn University must apply to the JRNL major and complete one semester at Auburn University before applying for admission. Transfer students are required to take a minimum of 24 hours in the AU JRNL program.

* May not use a History course to fulfill the Core Social Science requirement 

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 1100 English Composition I3ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
Core History13COMM 1000 Public Speaking (or COMM 1003 Public Speaking)23
Core Social Science3Core Social Science3
Core Math3Foreign Language II (College Core)4
Foreign Language I (College Core)4Course from Journalism Group 333
 16 16
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
Core Literature13Core Humanities or Core Literature to complete sequence 13
Core Science I4Core Science II4
Core Fine Arts3Core Social Science or Core History to complete sequence13
JRNL 2210 Newswriting3JRNL 2310 Reporting3
CMJN 2100 Concepts in Communications and Journalism (or 2103 Concepts in Communication and Journalism)3LBAR 2010 Liberal Arts Careers Preparation (College Core)2
 16 15
Junior
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
Courses from Journalism Groups 1, 2, or 349Courses from Journalism Groups 1, 2, or 349JRNL 4920 Journalism Internship3
Electives56Electives56 
 15 15 3
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
CMJN 4000 Mass Media Law and Regulation3Courses from Journalism Groups 3 or 449
Course from Journalism Groups 3 or 446Electives53
Electives53UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
 12 12
Total Hours: 120
1

Students are required to complete a two-course history sequence or a two-course literature sequence. They are also required to complete one Core History or Core Literature in the discipline not selected as the sequence.

2

COMM 1000/1003 fulfills SLO 7

3

If students do not pass the JRNL 1AA0 Journalism Fundamentals Entrance Exam, they must take JRNL 1100 Journalism Fundamentals as a Group 3 course. 

4

Students should meet with their advisers about appropriate courses from Groups 1, 2 and 3.

5

Electives must be selected from courses outside the School of Communication and Journalism. Students must see their advisers for appropriate electives. 

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Last Updated: June 22, 2016