The majority of Minnesota schools that have journalism programs offer a 4-year baccalaureate degree in the field, but there are also several schools that offer either a 1-year graduate certificate or a 2-year master's degree in journalism. Bachelor's and master's degree programs may allow for an area of specialization, such as strategic communication. An internship and/or capstone are often part of the required coursework. Additionally, many schools offer mass communication, writing studies or communication arts programs as another option for individuals seeking a journalism-related program. Learn more about nine of the Minnesota schools that offer journalism programs.
Located in St. Paul, Bethel University's journalism program is the newest addition to the English Department. Offering a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism as well as a minor in the field, Bethel requires students to work at the student newspaper in conjunction with their program coursework. Students must take 122 total credits, including 44-46 major-specific credits, in order to receive a bachelor's degree in the field. In addition to working on the school newspaper, students must participate in a supervised internship at a newspaper or other publication.
The College of St. Scholastica
The College of St. Scholastica is located in Duluth and offers a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a Journalism concentration through its Communication, Theatre and Art Department. The 46-credit program consists of 30 core classes and additional major-specific courses, such as media writing and persuasion. Students may apply to the journalism program during the spring semester of their sophomore year and must have at least a C-grade in all core classes in order to gain admittance.
Concordia College at Moorhead
Moorhead-based Concordia College at Moorhead offers a Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Journalism that includes coursework in writing, graphic design and mass media. This is a 36-credit program that encourages students to work at the student newspaper and radio or television station to gain additional experience. In addition to the multimedia journalism program, Concordia also offers communication-related majors, including communication with a mass media concentration.
The St. Paul-based Hamline University has an international journalism program that offers a certificate and postbaccalaureate certificate in the field. A competitive program, students take six courses and one semester of study abroad in order to complete the certificate. The curriculum integrates core courses in journalism and media studies, seminars, supervised field experiences and a final media project.
North Central University
Located in Minneapolis, North Central University offers several journalism programs within its Communication Arts Department. The 124-credit journalism bachelor's program includes core classes in general education, communication studies, journalism and biblical studies. Additionally, the program offers three 18-credit tracks: graduate school, journalism or public relations and business communications. Students are also encouraged to add a minor or supporting program which will give them more intensive training in a particular area of interest. The university offers a minor in journalism as well as a 24-credit supporting program in the field, consisting of coursework such as feature writing and copyediting.
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Located in Winona, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota has a 124-credit baccalaureate program in digital media and journalism. Offered through the Social Science Department and Mass Communication Program, the curriculum integrates general education classes, major-specific coursework, a senior capstone and internship. Students participate in a supervised media communications internship that ranges from one to 17 credits and can be taken in their junior or senior year.
University of Minnesota - Duluth
The Duluth campus of the University of Minnesota offers a journalism track within its Bachelor of Arts in Writing Studies program. Students are required to take 40 credits within the journalism curriculum, and 120 total credits must be completed. In addition to the required coursework, students are encouraged to gain hands-on experience in the field by working at the student newspaper or on-campus public radio and television stations.
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Located in Minneapolis, the heart of the Twin Cities, the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities offers several undergraduate and graduate programs in journalism. The school offers a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with three tracks: strategic communication, professional journalism and mass communication. All three options require students to complete a minimum of 120 total credits and between 36 and 48 credits within the concentration of their choice. Additionally, the school has a master's program in communication and a joint communication and Juris Doctor (JD) in Law program, as well as professional master's programs in health communication and strategic communication. Students interested in an academic or research career in mass communication or journalism may be interested in the university's 78-credit PhD program.
University of St. Thomas
St. Paul's University of St. Thomas has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Journalism that requires completion of 44 credits within the major. Students take courses on a variety of topics within the categories of theory and research; theory and analysis; and practice and application. Students must also complete one, four-credit elective, such as an internship, a study abroad opportunity or an independent study class.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Journalism Degree Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Bethel University||University, private not-for-profit; large suburb||Bachelor of Arts in Journalism||$34,140*|
|The College of St. Scholastica||Four-year college, private not-for-profit; small city||Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a Journalism concentration||$33,994*|
|Concordia College at Moorhead||Four-year college, private not-for-profit; midsize suburb||Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Journalism||$35,464*|
|Hamline University||University, private not-for-profit; large city||Certificate in International Journalism||$37,886*|
|North Central University||University, private not-for-profit; large city||Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts: Journalism, Supporting Program in Journalism||$21,586*|
|Saint Mary's University of Minnesota||University, private not-for-profit; distant town||Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media and Journalism||$31,335*|
|University of Minnesota - Duluth||University, public; small city||Bachelor of Arts in Writing Studies - Journalism||$13,082 for in-state and $17,032 for out-of-state residents*|
|University of Minnesota - Twin Cities||University, public; large city||Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, Master of Arts in Mass Communication,||$13,790 for in-state and $22,210 for out-of-state residents*|
|University of St. Thomas||University, private not-for-profit; large city||Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Journalism||$38,105*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.