Students work in the control room during production of the TommieMedia program "The Locker Room" in the TV studio in O'Shaughnessy Educational Center (OEC).

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism

The media landscape in our world is changing. The journalism degree program at the University of St. Thomas emphasizes responsible storytelling in a wide range of media while providing you with practical experience throughout your college career.

Why Study Journalism at St. Thomas?

Our program will teach you the skills and techniques you will need in your future career to tell accurate and compelling stories. From coursework in digital media to media ethics, you will gain beneficial insights that will help you be a responsible professional and citizen. Our students go on to work as news reporters, television producers, photographers, videographers, web content producers, social media content creators and more.

A Well-Rounded Education

  • Course Requirements
  • Four-Year Plan
  • Degrees Awarded
  • Internship Opportunities
  • You will start your career at St. Thomas by being introduced to mass media and journalism. You will then progress to courses focusing on visual media, digital imagery and sound, multimedia reporting and editing. You will wrap up your studies with a capstone course focusing on media ethics. You will also choose electives that match your interests and goals.

    Major Requirements

    Minor Requirements

    Your four-year plan will vary because we want you to pursue what interests you the most. We recommend connecting with a member of our faculty to start planning your coursework early in your undergraduate career.

    • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism
    • Minor in Journalism

    Practical experience is key to standing out on your job applications. We encourage our students to complete at least one internship during their time at St. Thomas. Our data shows most students complete two internships over their four years, especially since there are a wealth of opportunities here in the Twin Cities.

    Course Requirements

    You will start your career at St. Thomas by being introduced to mass media and journalism. You will then progress to courses focusing on visual media, digital imagery and sound, multimedia reporting and editing. You will wrap up your studies with a capstone course focusing on media ethics. You will also choose electives that match your interests and goals.

    Major Requirements

    Minor Requirements

    Four-Year Plan

    Your four-year plan will vary because we want you to pursue what interests you the most. We recommend connecting with a member of our faculty to start planning your coursework early in your undergraduate career.

    Degrees Awarded

    • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism
    • Minor in Journalism

    Internship Opportunities

    Practical experience is key to standing out on your job applications. We encourage our students to complete at least one internship during their time at St. Thomas. Our data shows most students complete two internships over their four years, especially since there are a wealth of opportunities here in the Twin Cities.

    Journalism students work in the control room during production of the TommieMedia program "The Locker Room" in the TV studio.

    Career Paths

    We give you the tools and knowledge you need to work in a variety of different industries after graduation.
    • News reporter
    • Anchor
    • Photographer
    • Videographer
    • Social media content creator
    • Web content producer

    Scholarships

    We award scholarships for incoming first-year students, as well as current students with a declared major in either journalism, digital media arts or strategic communication.

    Father James Whalen Endowed Scholarship

    This $2,000 scholarship is for incoming first-year students who plan to major in journalism, digital media arts or strategic communication at St. Thomas. We award this based on their commitment to community service and career-related activities, academic merit and the promise of success in a communication career.

    Application Deadline: March 4, 2021

    ThreeSixty Journalism Scholarship

    The university awards one renewable, full-tuition scholarship each year to a first-year student who completed a ThreeSixty Journalism summer camp and intends to study journalism. Candidates who will contribute diversity to St. Thomas and the department are given preference as well.

    Whalen, Leyden, Vachon and Minnesota Journalist Abroad Scholarships

    These scholarships are for current majors in journalism, digital media arts or strategic communication. These scholarships typically range from $600 to $3,000.

    TommieMedia

    The student-run news outlet for the university. It is a national leader in all-digital college journalism.

    1959

    The year JOUR 480 – Media Ethics began. It is the second-oldest required ethics course in the nation.

    Over 85%

    Over 85 percent of journalism majors complete at least one internship before graduation.

    Pulitzer Prize Winners

    We have two alumni who have won the Pulitzer Prize in the last five years: Jeremy Olson '94 and Art Cullen '79.

    Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

    You have access to a wide variety of opportunities throughout your time at St. Thomas. Whether it is getting involved on-campus or you study abroad, we have resources here for you to pursue your passions.

    Screen capture of student talking about the journalism program and Tommie Media.

    Skills for the Real World

    Journalism students gain the knowledge and experience they need to be successful in our rapidly changing society and media landscape. Our students utilize their invaluable storytelling skills in a huge variety of fast-paced careers.