Cronkite School Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication
Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s bachelor’s degree in journalism is a highly professional, hands-on program that prepares students for careers in journalism, media and communications.
Undergraduate students at the Cronkite School get the best of the old and new journalism worlds: They learn the values and principles that have long formed the core of the journalism profession, and they master the highly specialized, practical skills needed to succeed in today’s digital world.
Incoming freshmen who meet the Cronkite School’s admissions requirements get started immediately, taking journalism classes that include a news reporting and writing course and an optional elective in studio production their freshman year. Freshmen also can participate in a range of student media reporting opportunities that include the campus radio station, campus newspaper and magazine, two online news sites and broadcast extracurricular activities.
Students can apply for internships in the second semester of freshman year, and most students do multiple professional experiences before they graduate. The Cronkite School arranges more than 600 local, regional and national internships for students each year. Students also get extensive career preparation that includes coaching in preparing their resumes, interviewing and networking.
Classes are taught in a $71 million, state-of-the-art journalism building that has the most sophisticated technology found anywhere in the country. And because the school is located in downtown Phoenix, the nation’s sixth-largest city and 13th-largest media market, students are within walking distance of dozens of media outlets where they complete internships and connect with professionals.
Students have the opportunity to participate in Cronkite’s distinctive professional programs, which include a live newscast on PBS, news bureaus in Phoenix and Washington D.C., a sports broadcasting bureau in Los Angeles, an investigative journalism fellowship program, an innovation lab and a public relations agency.
The journalism and mass communications degree consists of 120 credits, with approximately 74 in the liberal arts and 46 in the major. The Cronkite undergraduate curriculum, requires 28 journalism credits that consist of four core values classes, four basic skills courses, a multimedia class and a required internship. The additional credits in the major are earned in advanced courses and professional experiences. Visit the B.A. in journalism and mass communication major map to learn more.
Students also are encouraged to choose from one of the school’s specializations in sports journalism, business journalism or trans-border issues or they can pursue a dual degree or a minor in another discipline at the university. Many Cronkite students combine their journalism degree studies with a major in another subject, such as business, computer science, Spanish, sustainability and meteorology.