College of Arts and Communication


Bachelor's Degree Programs

Broadcast, Print, Web — today’s journalists do far more than gather and report the news. The 21st century demands journalism professionals be skilled writers, photographers, videographers, sound technicians, editors and producers. Interested in taking your reporting skills around the globe? Our International Journalism major provides all the same skills as Broadcast/Print/Web with the added benefit of a semester’s study abroad.

UW-Whitewater offers a well-rounded Journalism major that will prepare you for multiple career paths, whether you want to be on the air, behind the scenes, at the keyboard or even telling stories from abroad.

4-year plan

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Why study Journalism at UW-Whitewater?

  • Only about one-third of schools in the UW System have an on-campus television station; UW-Whitewater is one of them!
  • You’ll get hands-on experience from your first year; at UW-Whitewater, you don’t need to complete two years of gen-eds before taking on a role in our campus media outlets.
  • While some media and Journalism programs focus primarily on news, at UW-Whitewater you’ll work on a variety of audio and video content, including talk shows, documentaries, music production, public service programs and commercials.
  • Learn how to conduct professional interviews and create cutting edge multimedia stories for websites and social media.
  • Choose a minor or second major to supplement your education and expand your Journalism career

What our Journalism students do

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Create storyboards and write scripts for investigative news reports

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Participate in live reporting for campus TV, such as election night coverage

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International journalism majors spend a semester abroad

Campus media and agency opportunities

As a Journalism major at UW-Whitewater, you can take part in many hands-on storytelling and producing experiences at campus media outlets:

  • The Royal Purple ­– award-winning weekly campus print and online newspaper
  • UWW-TV – campus cable television station, located in Conover Studio in Andersen Hall
  • WSUW-FM: 91.7 “The Edge” – campus radio station broadcasting throughout the region from a tower atop Hyer Hall 

You can also lend your print, web and broadcast Journalism skills to client projects with the UW-Whitewater Advertising Association.

Internships and international experiences


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Journalism is a highly competitive field, and UW-Whitewater prepares you to stand out among other applicants. We encourage you to gain hands-on experience through campus media outlets, as well as in the field and across the globe:

Learn from media professionals while building your portfolio and industry connections. Our students often intern for local and regional news outlets and websites.
Learn more about Journalism internships

Study abroad program
If you’re choosing an International Journalism emphasis, you’re required to spend at least one semester abroad.
See study abroad options

Travel study courses
Each year, the communication department offers a travel study course: an on-campus class which culminates with a related international trip.
Learn more about travel opportunities

What our graduates do

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Broadcast journalists, producers and directors

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Newspaper, magazine and web writers and editors

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Radio announcers and hosts

Journalism jobs: Career success

You’ll leave the UW-Whitewater Journalism program with a unique set of skills that will prepare you for positions not just in traditional and digital journalism, but in a variety of communication capacities in industries of all kinds.

Here are just a few places our recent graduates found Journalism careers and related jobs:

  • 247 Sports (Madison)
  • adBidtise (Milwaukee)
  • Allstate Insurance Company (Pewaukee)
  • Azuree Talent Agency Inc. (Orlando, Florida)
  • Core Scientific (Cary, Illinois)
  • iHeartMedia (Madison)
  • KY-TV3 (Springfield, Missouri)
  • Lakeland Public Television (Brainerd, Minnesota)
  • Madison Magazine
  • Midwest Family Marketing (Madison)
  • Milwaukee Bucks
  • (Milwaukee)
  • NBC 15 (Madison)
  • Sherwin Williams (West Allis)
  • Sinclair Broadcast Group (Milwaukee)
  • The Hershey Company (Madison)
  • The Janesville Gazette (Janesville)
  • Unified Newspaper Group (Stoughton)
  • WIBW-TV (Topeka, Kansas)
  • WSAW-TV (Wausau)
  • WTOC-TV (Savannah, Georgia)
  • WXOW-TV (La Crosse)

Our Journalism faculty

Our Journalism faculty members are award-winning journalists, former broadcasting professionals, writers, producers and others who bring a wide range of career and life experience to UW-Whitewater. 

Meet our Department of Communication faculty »

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The UW-Whitewater Journalism major offers the following options:

In addition to UW-Whitewater’s general education requirements, the Journalism major requires a set of core courses, including:

  • Writing for News Media
  • Reporting for News Media
  • Media Ethics
  • Law of Mass Communication
  • Journalism Capstone: Public Affairs

Broadcast/Print/Web Journalism majors will take either:

  • Video Production I: Fundamentals of Video; and
  • Television News Reporting and Production


  • Publication Editing; and
  • Publication Layout

Broadcast/Print/Web Journalism majors will also complete two practicum courses, which involve working with a campus media outlet in an editorial, production, director or other role.

International Journalism majors will also complete Cross Cultural Communication and study abroad for at least one semester.

Journalism majors will also take a variety of elective courses, which could include:

  • Media Criticism
  • Sports Journalism
  • History of Mass Communication
  • Mass Communication in Society
  • Feature Writing
  • Publication Photography
  • Communication and Public Opinion

To apply, you’ll complete the UW-Whitewater application for admission and indicate your interest in Journalism.

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Note: To declare a major in Journalism with an International Journalism emphasis, you need a minimum GPA of 2.75.

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