Programs Summary

All programs introduce students to best practices in gathering, reporting and publishing information in the public interest and seek to customize educational experiences to the background and goals of each student.

On-campus classes stress intellectually stimulating seminar-style classes taught by professors and adjunct faculty with strong academic credentials and professional experience. Online programs feature content and course design that is immersive, intuitive and interactive. Skills classes admit no more than 20 students.

  • Bachelor of Arts

    The Bachelor of Arts Program prepares students for future roles in mass communications or entrepreneurial journalism. Students are encouraged to complete internships and seek other media-based work. Students have opportunities to publish material developed through coursework.

  • Minor in Mass Communications

    The minor in mass communications is available to students pursuing any other major at USF. The minor requires a minimum of 18 hours of coursework. Students who wish to minor must apply for admission to the department.

  • Graduate Certificate in Food Writing and Photography

    The Graduate Certificate in Food Writing and Photography requires 15 credit hours that can be completed 100% online or as a hybrid of online and on-campus classes. The certificate can be earned by students concurrently enrolled in USF graduate degree programs and non-degree seekers alike. The program requires three 3-credit courses, one 3-credit elective, and completion of a 3-credit final project. It can be completed in as little as two semesters (fall and spring). For more information, visit the program’s website.

  • Master of Arts in Journalism & Media Studies

    The Master of Arts in Journalism and Media Studies program provides career preparation in journalism while providing a foundation for those students who elect to continue their media studies on the Ph.D. level, or plan to use the M.A. as a qualification to teach at the college level. To meet those academic requirements, this is a 36-credit hour program including thesis or culminating professional project. Students may take classes part time or full time. They may also sample the program by taking up to 12 hours of graduate credit as a non-degree-seeking student before being formally admitted. The full program is offered on the St. Petersburg campus, although students may choose electives at any USF campus with permission of their faculty adviser. Courses that count toward the degree are offered on campus and online.

  • Master of Arts in Digital Journalism & Design

    The Master of Arts in Digital Journalism and Design is a fully online graduate school experience. Students can complete this 30-credit program in as little as one year (over three semesters). The digital journalism and design program teaches the fundamentals of multimedia reporting, self promotion and online entrepreneurship, as well as fundamental media theory and conventions. To learn more about the DJD program, visit its website.

Department Statistics

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Program Academic Learning Compacts

Journalism & Media Studies aligns its curriculum to state-mandated academic learning compacts (ALCs) to ensure our students achieve mastery in five critical areas: Content/Discipline Skills, Communication Skills, Critical Thinking Skills, Civic Engagement and Multiculturalism / Diversity.

Each of our degree programs and our graduate certificate offer customized ALCs: