Journalism (Bachelor of Arts)

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Do you like to inform others – through words or visuals? Attain the skills you need to discover, present, visualize and process information with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in journalism from Creighton University. This program 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.

Journalism majors pursue one of three tracks: advertising, news or public relations.


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for graduates in the three journalism tracks ranges from $49,300 to $62,810. Recently, graduates have found careers with:

  • Yahoo!
  • Mutual of Omaha
  • Nike
  • ConAgra
  • Hallmark
  • Associated Press
  • ESPN
  • Sundance Film Festival
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Creighton University


Journalism majors can select 1 of 3 tracks:

Advertising Track

The advertising track gives you innovative, hands-on experience. How would you like to 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 can give 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.

What You'll Learn

  • Develop writing, editing, design and more
  • Hone your critical thinking skills
  • Gain hands-on experience with cutting-edge communications technologies and software packages


Student Organizations

  • Backpack Journalism

    Backpack Journalism is a collaborative effort between 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

    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.

Research Opportunities

Travel the world and create compelling communications pieces that tell the human story in the Ignatian tradition through the Backpack Journalism program.

Admissions Requirements

Learn about general admission requirements at Creighton University or learn about how to transfer credits to Creighton.

Tuition & Scholarships

CSDJ majors can apply for financial aid through the department’s generous scholarship program by filling out a simple application for all available scholarships early in the second semester.

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