Journalism Degree (Bachelor of Arts)
With a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in journalism from Creighton, you will gain the skills you need to discover, present, visualize and process information. Inform others through words or visuals by pursuing one of three tracks: advertising, news or public relations.
A bachelor’s degree in journalism prepares graduates to work in a variety of fields in today’s information-rich world with programs that meld journalism, graphic design and computer science. Develop skills in writing, editing, design and more. A journalism degree will help you hone critical thinking skills and gain hands-on experience with cutting-edge technologies.
As a journalism major, you can select one of three tracks:
Get innovative, hands-on experience with the advertising track. Create an advertising campaign for a real nonprofit organization, build your portfolio, master the use of social media and learn to think like an entrepreneur. Plus, our strong internship program gives you a head start on your career.
The news track prepares you for an exciting professional news career through rigorous instruction in writing, reporting and editing, as well as experience in ever-evolving new technologies. News today requires a command of social media, graphic design and the digital environment as well as traditional writing and interviewing skills. You’ll have the opportunity to work on Creighton’s award-winning student newspaper, The Creightonian, as well as write, shoot and edit a documentary as part of the summer abroad Backpack Journalism program.
Public Relations Track
The public relations track emphasizes writing, strategic thinking, graphic design, event planning and social media. You’ll do projects for real clients and develop a strong portfolio that helps you land internships and jobs. Public relations majors attain internships in athletics, the arts, education, politics and the nonprofit and corporate sectors. This track is also an excellent pre-law major because of its emphasis on writing and advocacy.
Along with Creighton’s core requirements, there are 41 credits within the Journalism curriculum. Explore the full curriculum, along with details for each track.
Creighton admissions are based upon:
- High school GPA
- ACT or SAT scores*
- Extracurricular activities
- Personal statement to demonstrate creative abilities not reflected in your transcripts
- Recommendation from high school counselor
- Honors sections and advanced placement courses will enhance a candidate’s application
*For students who are choosing to apply test-optional, ACT/SAT exam scores are not required at the time of application for admission.
Dates & Deadlines
Applications for the fall semester open on Aug. 1 of the prior year. For scholarship consideration, the earlier you complete your undergraduate application, the better. For up-to-date deadlines, visit our admissions page.
Tuition & Financial Aid
Tuition rates are updated each year. Visit our financial aid site to learn more about the cost of attendance.
Creighton University’s Financial Aid Office administers over $200,000,000 in student aid each year from federal, state, institutional and private sources.
- Backpack Journalism is a collaborative effort between the Department of Computer Science, Design and Journalism and the Department of Theology. Become a backpack journalist—with a theological perspective—during a study abroad trip. You’ll help write, shoot and edit a socially conscious documentary and contribute to a multimedia blog. “Esperanza,” the first Backpack Journalism project, won several regional awards.
- Write, edit and help lead The Creightonian, Creighton’s weekly campus newspaper published every Friday during the fall and spring semesters.
Public Relations Student Society of America
- Creighton’s Public Relations Student Society of America brings Computer Science, Design and Journalism students together with professional public relations practitioners and provides career advantages.
Internships are available both on and off campus. Journalism students from Creighton intern at major news organizations, large Fortune 500 and entrepreneurial companies, and advertising agencies in Omaha, across the nation and around the world.