What will I learn?

Do you want to report on the latest local and national news? Travel and report on international affairs? Or write magazine essays, movie reviews and cultural commentary?

Earning a B.A. in Communication can prepare you for exciting career opportunities in journalism like these and many others.

A journalism focus offers you hands-on experience in various forms of reporting and writing.

Our newspaper, The Pioneer, provides you with opportunities to report, write and design. You’ll learn from faculty with years of experience, including writing for the Chicago Sun-Times and reporting on city hall and education beats.

With a concentration in journalism, you’ll learn to write and report for news outlets, electronic media and magazines. You’ll also explore broadcast news journalism, visual communications, news editing, media theories and communication ethics. In your final year, you’ll complete a practical journalism capstone project.


As a journalism student, you’ll graduate with the ability to write in news style, conduct research and interviews and develop critical thinking skills that will help them in any field.

Internship opportunities are available that allow you to network with professionals while continuing to build communication skills.

Career Paths

This program prepares you for a range of careers, including:

Journalist or news anchor
Communication or public relations specialist
Design editor, graphic designer or web designer

Which department am I in?

College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$17,945.00 per year
Application deadline

15 November 2021

Start date

10 January 2022


Purdue University Northwest

Hammond Campus,

2200 169th Street,



46323, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed high school or equivalent.

For international students

Applicants must have official high school transcript(s) or GED test score report.

Test scores: Internet Based TOEFL (iBT) - 79 or higher; IELTS with a score of at least 6.5 or higher; British O-Level English Language Exam with a Grade of A or B on Ordinary Level of GCE/GCSE/IGCSE. PNW Undergraduate Admissions accepts a 100-110 Duolingo English Test score band.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.