Journalism and Media Studies

The School of Journalism and Media Studies prepares students for careers in advertising; broadcast, print, and online journalism; public relations, and other media industries; as well as for jobs in a technologically driven workforce whose future media forms cannot be predicted.

Students within JMS are part of a School that envisions a global society where citizens are engaged in their communities, where media professionals are ethical and committed to social justice, and embrace technology to serve the public good; and where people from all backgrounds think critically about the media.

Program Overview

The School of Journalism and Media Studies offers four undergraduate degree options as well as a master's degree:

Competency is required in one foreign language as part of the preparation for the major. Students also are required to take a set of core classes in global communication and technology, ethics and law, and research methods for professional communicators. Students should contact the JMS Undergraduate Advising Center for information about appropriate elective courses.

Special Features

  • Work experience: The internship program offers students hands-on training while being under the guidance of professionals in professional settings. Many of these internships are offered through San Diego-based businesses, including newspapers, magazines, and radio and television stations; public relations firms; and advertising agencies. In addition, students are offered on-campus opportunities. The Daily Aztec, the campus newspaper, provides students with first-hand knowledge of the newspaper business. KCR, the campus radio station, offers students broadcasting experience. And KPBS, a broadcast service of SDSU, provides students with opportunities for employment, internships, and volunteer positions.
  • Student organizations include chapters of the Society for Professional Journalists, the Radio-Television News Directors Association, and the Public Relations Student Society of America. These groups sponsor activities that provide opportunities to develop contacts with working professionals.
  • All writing, editing, and online courses within the School of Journalism and Media Studies are taught in the school's modern Macintosh laboratories. Students also edit and produce news programs in settings replicating professional environments.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for JMS graduates include a wide range of positions in advertising, public relations, book editing and publishing, free-lance writing, radio and television journalism, magazine writing, media research, newspaper journalism, online writing and design, and teaching.

To further explore career options in this field, visit the Career Services Web site for more information.

General Catalog

You can view more complete information regarding the Journalism and Media Studies programs in the General Catalog. All students are responsible for reading and knowing the information pertinent to their areas of study available in the General Catalog. It contains requirements for all academic majors, course descriptions, policies, and regulations governing progress at the university. Catalogs are distributed at all New Student Orientation programs. To order a General Catalog, call (619) 594-7535.