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BFA in Journalism

ISC - Long Island University, Post, United States


Next enrollment cycle

September 2023

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First Year Course Fee

USD 37,926

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  • 4 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
  • Up to 18% scholarship
Journalism is a challenging and fast-paced career. Given the flood of information that surrounds us, the public looks to skilled journalists to provide news and commentary that informs civic dialogue, and to report the latest trends and events in politics, government, culture, entertainment, sports, technology, and much more. The Journalism major trains students to be strong writers, a skill that can be applied to jobs in many other fields as well.
The 120-credit Bachelor of Fine Arts in Journalism provides you with an understanding of the increasingly complex task of reporting, writing, editing and delivering the news in a multimedia environment. Our program develops practical knowledge and conceptual foundations for work in the varied forms of print, broadcast and online journalism as well as for graduate study in journalism and related fields. Journalism students are strongly encouraged to select a minor in another field, such as a science, social science or business to better prepare them to report in a specific content area with deeper understanding.

Students in other majors with an interest in writing may want to consider a minor in journalism, specialty reporting or communications. These 15 credit minors offer students an opportunity to develop their writing and reporting skills. Having these skills also opens up career paths in a variety of fields.

Journalism majors study in small classes with professors who have extensive professional experience. They sharpen their skills with reporting for The Pioneer, the award-winning LIUPost student newspaper; PTV, the campus television station, WCWP, the campus radio station; and The Bottom Line, the student magazine. Students also gain real world experience at internships at some of the nation’s top newsrooms, including Newsday, MTV Networks, ABC-TV, NBC-TV, WFAN Radio, News 12 Long Island and The Associated Press. Campus resources for journalism majors include state-of-the-art television and radio studios, a journalism lab and newsroom, HD video cameras and digital editing suites with professional-level computers and software.

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2023

Entry requirements

Direct Admission

  • TOEFL (iBT) 75 or 79 (varies by program)
  • IELTS 6.0
  • Pearson (PTE) 50
  • Pearson Versant Not Accepted
  • Duolingo Not Accepted
  • Gao Kao English 90 (Post) 
  • GPA: 2.0 – 2.5

English Language Institute

  • TOEFL (iBT) No official score required
  • IELTS Below 6.0 (Post) 
  • Pearson (PTE) Below 50
  • Pearson Versant Not Accepted
  • Duolingo Not Accepted
  • Gao Kao English Under 90 (Post) 
  • GPA: 2.0 - 2.5

Core Requirements
Level 1 

First-Year Seminar 0 credits

  • Post Foundations 1 credit
  • Writing I & II 6 credits
    MTH 3 credits

Level 2

  • Social Sciences: ECO, POL (1 sequence) 6 credits
  • SOC, ANT, PSY, GGR 6 credits
  • Humanities:FL and ENG (6 credits
    from one area)

          6 credits

  • PHL 3 credits
  • Sciences: AST, BIO, CHM, ERS, GLY PHY, PSY (1 sequence)
    8 credits
  • Fine Arts: ART, CIN, DNC, CMA, MUS, THE
  • 3 credits
    Total: 45 credits

Required Dept. of Communications & Film Core Courses

  • ORC 1 Public Speaking 3 credits
  • CMA 4 Media Literacy 3 credits
  • BDST 11 Digital Tools: Audio 3 credits
  • CMA 10 Media Law and Ethics 3 credits
  • CMA 5 Writing in Digital Age 3 credits
  • BDST 12 Digital Tools: Video 3 credits
  • CMA 2 Mass Media in American Society 3 credits

Required Journalism Courses

  • JOU 3 Basic Reporting (only offered in Fall) 3 credits
  • JOU 4 Beat Reporting (only offered in Spring) 3 credits
  • JOU 20 Photojournalism 3 credits
  • JOU 5 Writing for Electronic Journalism 3 credits
  • JOU 41 Newspaper Laboratory (may be taken multiple times) 3 credits
  • JOU 56 Electronic Newsgathering (must be taken with BDST 54; only offered in Spring) 3 credits
  • BDST 54 Producing the TV Newscast (must be taken with JOU 56; only offered in Spring)
    3 credits
  • JOU 91 Senior Research (must be taken fall of senior year) 3 credits
  • JOU 92 Senior Thesis & Portfolio (must be taken spring of senior year) 4 credits 
  • JOU 87 Journalism Internship 3 credits
  • BDST 25 Video Field Production 3 credits
  • BDST 46 Web Video Production 3 credits
  • JOU 52 Interviewing 3 credits

Elective Journalism Courses: Courses that are not being used to satisfy major or core requirements. Students must take 5 (15 credits) of JOU electives.

  • JOU 6 Culture Reposrting 3 credits
  • JOU 12 Investigative Journalism 3 credits
  • JOU 54 Sports Reporting 3 credits
  • JOU 88 Journalism Internship (at least one jounralism internship is required, but 2 are recommended) 3 credits
  • JOU 89 Advanced Independent Study 3 credits
  • Free Electives: Courses that are not being used to satisfy major or core requirements. 5 credits.


English Language Institute (1 semester) $5,000 

Direct Admission (2 semesters) $37,926

 Estimated Room, Board & Fees $16,266 - $19,614

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