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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.

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Program Details

As a journalism major, you can select one of three tracks:

Advertising Track

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.

News Track

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.

Curriculum

Along with Creighton’s core requirements, there are 41 credits within the Journalism curriculum. Explore the full curriculum, along with details for each track.

Admissions Requirements

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.

Financial Aid

Creighton University’s Financial Aid Office administers over $200,000,000 in student aid each year from federal, state, institutional and private sources.

To help make your undergraduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to file the FAFSA to apply for financial assistance. A variety of scholarships are also available.

Bennett Hense
“Creighton’s journalism program provided me opportunities that are second to none. The faculty molded me into a man for others and equipped me with skills in public relations, social media, photography, videography and communication.”
— Bennett Hense, Journalism Public Relations Track Alumnus
Gabby Dammkoehler
“The Creighton Journalism Department has helped me to discover what I’m passionate about. My professors have pushed me to grow, learn and create, and I’m so excited to apply what I’ve learned with my majors in advertising and public relations.”
— Gabby Dammkoehler, Public Relations and Advertising Major
Asha Martel
“The journalism program has given me a well-rounded education that has equipped me with tools for success. Professors use service opportunities and coursework to cultivate our strengths, while forming strong relationships with each student.”
— Asha Martel, Journalism Major

Backpack Journalism

  • 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.

The Creightonian

  • 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

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.

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