Why Study Journalism?
Journalism and mass communications transmit and interpret culture and bind society together, making them among the most vital forces in the maintenance of any society and fundamental to democratic government and a free society. The mission of the Department of the Journalism is to foster in its students the skills, values, and practices associated with professional journalism and strategic communication; to further their understanding of how those attributes intersect with local, national, and global citizenship; to demand critical thinking; to challenge them to be the creators of and leaders in a constantly changing communication environment, and to fully engage with diverse audiences.
Careers in the exciting and expanding field of mass communications begin with journalism studies. CMU journalism graduates find jobs in news reporting, magazine and feature writing, photojournalism, public relations and advertising. Journalism education also benefits students going into law, politics, consulting, health education, business, and environmental and sports studies and many other fields that require information gathering, precision writing and visual communication skills.
CMU's journalism program is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications - a designation held by only one other university in Michigan. As you explore education options, consider these key components that have made CMU's journalism program outstanding for more than 30 years:
- Faculty members who are recognized for their professional and academic expertise
- State-of-the-art facilities
- Opportunities to work with CM Life, the award-winning newspaper for the campus community, and Grand Central e-zine.
- Internships with state and national media agencies
- Involvement opportunities in professional organizations and student affiliates such as the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and the American Advertising Federation
- Class sizes small enough for interaction, yet large enough to challenge your abilities
Areas of Study
The journalism department offers a variety of programs to prepare you for a journalism career.
- Advertising In this major, you will learn to use mass media to communicate messages about ideas, products, services and people in order to attract customers. Your job in advertising may vary from creating messages to determining appropriate mass communication vehicles to managing the whole communication process. The department also offers an interdisciplinary advertising minor.
- Journalism As a reporter or editor, you will gather information responsibly, write and edit with accuracy and communicate messages that will hold your readers' attention. You will be equipped with a combination of skills and knowledge needed to be successful in the generation, design and editing of reports, features and other stories in new and converged media/online journalism environments.
- Photojournalism By combining photography and journalism skills, you will use visual skills and photographic equipment to help your audience reach a better understanding of the world around them.
- Public Relations In a public relations career, you will analyze and research public opinion, implement communication programs and help management communicate with its target audiences. You may work in a firm offering services to many clients or in institutions such as hospitals, corporations, government agencies, foundations and school systems.
- Social Media This undergraduate certificate, 15 credit hours, is available exclusively online and will cover the history, development, benefits, challenges and cultural impact of social media. Students will complete a practicum for integrating social media into an organization.
Graduates of the journalism program will find a variety of career opportunities available. Some of these careers may require additional education.
- Freelance Writer
- Magazine Writer/Editor
- Newspaper Editor
- Media Buyer
- Public Policy Researcher
- Graphic Designer
- Public Relations Practitioner
- Account Executive
- Technical Writer
- Media Planner
- Broadcast Journalist
CMU offers a variety of resources that support your classroom learning.
The university's Park Library contains more than 850,000 volumes. The library has an online computer card catalog to help you locate materials for class reports and research papers. The microfilm division, audiovisual department and interlibrary loan division offer you other resources.
Each residence hall is equipped with a computer room, and computer laboratories are in other campus locations. Some labs are open 24 hours a day.
CMU also offers special centers, student organizations and resources to help you prepare for your career.
About the University
CMU is a comprehensive four-year institution that offers degree programs on the bachelor's, master's, specialist's and doctoral levels. It is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Undergraduate students may choose from more than 150 programs of study. Its wealth of resources and its size offer students the academic advantages of a large university with the personal attention provided by smaller private schools.
CMU offers you:
- A solid academic reputation
- Respected faculty who make teaching their top priority
- State-of-the-art equipment
- Opportunities for internships and honors study
- A variety of active professional organizations
- Numerous clubs, organizations and extracurricular programs
For More Information
To learn more about undergraduate admission to Central Michigan University, contact:
Warriner Hall 102
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48859
Telephone: (989) 774-3076
To learn more about the CMU journalism program, contact:
Department of Journalism
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48859
Telephone: (989) 774-3196
Information about Central Michigan University also is available electronically:
World Wide Web: https://www.cmich.edu