Program at a Glance

  • Program Credits

    24 credits
    • Major/Concentration: 24
  • Accreditation


A journalism and integrated media minor is offered with the completion of 24 credits, including 21 credits of core required courses in media law, ethics and career preparation, and 3 elective credits in public relations, visual media or broadcast journalism.


Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising. For official program requirements, see the course catalog.

Core Courses

Overview of recent history and current changes within American Journalism, basic principles of journalistic fact-finding and writing for print and Web formats. The course also examines connections of journalistic writing to photojournalism and visual media, and the ways news journalism and public relations complement each other in day-to-day practice. Through readings, discussion and projects, students explore their Christian world-view juxtaposed with perspectives evident in national and international media.

A course introducing students to fact-based storytelling that combines print and visuals in a Web format that meets the needs of students aiming at careers in the convergent media of journalism and public relations. Students learn convergence through readings, discussion, observation and project work. The course serves as a prerequisite to Convergent Media Production.

Practical study and experience in successful strategies for making the step from academia to journalism and public relations careers. Students interact with working professionals through guest lectures, media tours and mock job interviews, examining the maturity of their gifts and skills and whether they have the readiness needed for effective participation in journalism, public relations, or other media environments—whether as an intern or a new employee. The course also helps students examine steps needed to prepare for graduate school, law school, and church or missions-related ministry as options naturally following their journalism preparation.

Portfolio course in which students produce professional-level work in one of the following campus media: newspaper, magazine, public relations, television, radio or Web/convergent media. Work in the practicum is designed as a springboard to competitive application for internships and career-entry in media and media-related ministry. Students are not allowed to take Practicum credits simultaneously (in one semester).

Deadline production for the Web using news, features and sports reporting approaches. Students learn techniques for effectively combining writing, still photos, video clips, audio files, and interactive media elements to produce contextual coverage of breaking events and trends affecting the Biola campus and/or the surrounding region. Students rotate responsibilities for various pieces of the convergent product.

Study of theoretical approaches to the First Amendment as well as specific areas of concern to professional journalists such as defamation, privacy, fair trial, obscenity, copyright, shield laws, sunshine laws, etc. Exploration of applied professional ethics and contemporary professional issues of ethics for journalists.

A portfolio-driven, guided learning experience beyond the university classroom via working in a media-related organization. This course will test students' interest, aptitude and stamina for work within their chosen area of journalism, public relations or media-related ministry. This course is aimed at providing students with a finished portfolio of work suitable for entry to a media career or media-related ministry. Includes on-campus sessions designed to strengthen and expand professional skills.

A "capstone" class for journalism majors organized in a seminar style in which students review the philosophies of formative thinkers behind American journalism (print, broadcast and Internet), and examine the philosophy of a journalist whom they'll shadow. The course culminates in each student's examination of his or her own philosophy of journalism and sense of calling as a believer practicing journalism or public relations or as an influence in the marketplace of public opinion.

Elective Courses

A survey course in which students explore the nature and process of public relations process as well as methods and professional issues. Public Relations is conceived as the "overall umbrella" under which come advertising, marketing, promotion, publicity, employee and community relations, and public affairs. In addition to exploring public relations generally, the class addresses both corporate and not-for-profit organizations as well as religious and mainstream operations.

An examination of the basics of photography-editorial, graphic and technical. This introduction presumes no previous knowledge of photography. Students learn to capture images based on the above criteria with standard digital photographic equipment (SLR based). Students also learn basic skills to edit still photographs with the "digital darkroom" and prepare them for publications and Web media.

Students learn basic techniques of broadcast news-writing, video shooting, editing and production. Classes consist of lecture/discussion and guidance in project work for telling visual and/or audio stories adapted to traditional broadcast settings as well as Web audiences.