​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

As a journalism major, you’ll combine the skills of storytelling with technology and new media. You’ll gain theory and practical skills through courses taught by a faculty with rich and diverse experience. CMU faculty will know you by name, and you’ll have one-on-one instruction in skills classes. Our award-winning, student-run newspaper, Central Michigan Life, and online Grand Central Magazine provide professional development and lifelong memories. Our strong and active alumni network crosses the country, offering valuable internships and career connections.​​

Points of Pride

  • CMU has one of just two accredited journalism programs in Michigan.
  • CMU’s unique China Daily Internship Program provides internship and job opportunities in Beijing, the largest national capital in the world.

Put Your Degree to Work

​U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2022​
Writer/author$55,940 per year3% (3,800 more jobs)
Editor$53,880 per yearLittle or no change
Technical writer$65,500 per year15% (7,400 more jobs)

For More Information

Visit the Department of Journalism website or contact:

Department of Journalism
Moore Hall 454
Email: jrndept@cmich.edu
Phone: 989-774-3196

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

(Click on the course name or number for a complete course description.)

Journalism Major

The Journalism Department requires that ALL graduating seniors take an exit exam prior to graduation as part of the department's assessment effort.
Total: 42 semester hours Please note that JRN 339WI, JRN 348WI, JRN 417, JRN 440, JRN 441 are offered mostly in the fall while JRN 423, JRN 445 and JRN 516WI are offered mostly in the spring semester.
Required Courses I
(3 hours)
Select one of the following:
JRN 101
Media and Society
3
JRN 102
Introduction to Journalism
3
Required Courses II
(21 hours)
JRN 202WI
Writing for the Mass Media
3
JRN 203QR
Information Gathering for the Mass Media
3
JRN 220
Basic Media Photography
3
JRN 312WI
Reporting
3
JRN 315
Editing
3
JRN 340
Introduction to Digital Journalism
3
JRN 404
Law of Mass Communication
3
Required Courses III
(3 hours)
Select one of the following:
JRN 372
The Asian Media and Cross-cultural Mass Communication
3
JRN 380
Racial and Cultural Diversity: Mass Media's Role
3
Required Courses IV
(3 hours)
Select one of the following:
JRN 448
Journalism Practicum
1-3
JRN 449
Journalism Internship
3
Required Courses V
(3 hours)
Select one of the following:
JRN 445
Multimedia Reporting Capstone
3
JRN 500
Current Issues in Mass Communication
3
Electives
(9 hours)
Select from the following:
OR another JRN course as approved by the advisor.
JRN 250
Social Media: Managing the Message
3
JRN 302
Introduction to Graphics and Visual Communication
3
JRN 339
Social Media: Reputation, Image and Interaction
3
JRN 417
Sports Reporting
3
JRN 423
Online Visual Storytelling
3
JRN 430WI
Magazine and Feature Writing
3
JRN 440
Advanced Digital Journalism
3
JRN 441
Data Journalism
3
JRN 516WI
Public Affairs Reporting
3
JRN 597
Special Studies
1-6