The Program

This program is open to all Brandeis undergraduates, subject to limitations on appropriate class size. Students who complete the requirements of the program receive Journalism certificates and notations on their transcripts.


Program Requirements

Students are expected to complete a minimum of six courses from the following options:

A. Core Courses

Students will be required to take (at least) one course from each of these two areas:

History/Culture
AMST 137b: Journalism in Modern America
JOUR 120a: The Culture of Journalism
Writing
JOUR 15a: Writing News for Broadcast and the Internet
JOUR 138b: The Contemporary Word in Print
B. Ethics

Students will be required to complete the following ethics course:
JOUR110b: Ethics in Journalism

C. Internship, Senior Writing Project or Honors Thesis

Students will be required to complete one of the three following options:
Internship
Students serve in an outside internship while concurrently taking JOUR 89a: Contemporary Media: Internship and Analysis.

Senior Writing Project
Students write one, semester-long paper as an independent study in the Journalism Program--JOUR 98a or JOUR 98b.

Honors Thesis
Students write an honors thesis in their department of concentration that is on a topic relating to the media. -- JOUR 99d.
D. Two Electives from Five Special Areas

Students will be required to take two electives from the following five special areas of study, each of which must come from a different department:
Contemporary Affairs and the Media
Politics, Law and Ethics
Analytical and Research Methods
History, Principles and Practice
Communications Theory

Students are strongly encouraged to choose their electives from different groups.

Not every course will be offered every year.

Senior Writing Project/Honors Thesis/Internship

Students are required to do one of the three following options:

  • write a research paper for a one-semester senior independent study in the Journalism Program
  • write an honors thesis in the student's department of concentration on a topic relating to the media and program ethos
  • serve in an outside internship while taking the related internship course in the Journalism Program

Theses

Senior theses written in conjunction with the student's area of concentration are a way in which students can explore an area of journalism as it relates to the students's diciplinary interests and professional plans. Some examples of successful journalism theses have been:

  • "Trafficking with Images: Journalism, History and the Image of Columbia in the United States," written in conjunction with the concentration in the History of Ideas
  • "The Right to Privacy and the Freedom of the Press: A Balancing Act," written in conjunction with the politics department
  • "Media Crisis: Health Care Coverage in the 1960s and the 1990s," written in conjunction with the American studies department

Internships

See Internship Information.