Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication

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The Journalism and Mass Communication major offers a critical mix of practice and theory to give students a thorough understanding of the creation, distribution and effects of journalism and media messages. We differ from many journalism programs because our curriculum has a liberal arts foundation. As a result, we emphasize analysis and critical thinking. Students pursue not only the practical study of media and journalism, but also media law, history, processes, ethics and effects. In our classrooms, computer labs and broadcast studio, our faculty of award-winning journalists and academics teach students to report, produce and write for all forms of media.

Classes include data base and multi-platform reporting, investigative reporting and studio production. The curriculum also focuses on the role journalism and media play in civic and political life. Through challenging coursework, internships and access to major media organizations, our journalism and mass communication students are prepared for diverse careers and the challenges of the rapidly changing world of media.


SMPA Ranked in Top 15 Journalism Schools

College Factual analyzed schools across the country and ranked GW's School of Media and Public Affairs #15 in schools with the best overall journalism major! 

Kevin Frey's Internship at Cox Media Group

GWU SMPA Kevin Frey at D.C. Bureau for Cox Media Group

The type of responsibilities that Kevin Frey had at the D.C. Bureau for Cox Media Group was nowhere near the coffee running and copy making tasks one might expect as an intern for a huge media conglomerate. So it's a good the that GW's B.A. program prepares it's students well. As a Journalism and Mass Communication Major '15, Frey dove head first into the journalism world, covering press conferences and interviewing congressman, all on his second day at the office! Read more about his experience here.

Curriculum Worksheets

Students Enrolled Fall 2015 and Later, use this worksheet.

Students Enrolled Spring 2015 and Earlier, use this worksheet.