Journalism prepares you to translate interviews, opinions, and reviews into persuasive, cogent articles and essays. As a journalism student, you'll practice skills related to gathering and evaluating content, learning to write for a variety of communication channels.
You'll learn to ask rich questions, weigh data against opinions, and provide vivid highlights of recent events, constructing accurate accounts for readers. In addition to drafting copy, you'll refine your editing and project management skills, graduating prepared to join extended members of the Cornerstone community as a reporter, photojournalist, editor, or campaign manager.
- School: Traditional Undergrad Academics
- Division: Communication & Media
- Degree Type: Bachelor of Arts
- Format: Residential
- Location: Grand Rapids
- Major Credit Hours: 57-60
- Concentration Options:
- Broadcast Reporting-Producing
- Business Reporting
- Health-Science Reporting
- News Reporting
- Sports Reporting
- Minor Credit Hours: 21
- Application Deadline: Rolling admission
- Fall semester—August 15
- Spring semester—January 1
With options to study off-site, you'll sharpen your knowledge and experiences in the field, earning credit toward your degree.
- World Journalism Institute in Asheville, N.C.
- The New York City Journalism Semester experience at King's College affords Cornerstone University journalism students the opportunity to both take classes at Kings College from skilled media professionals and intern at media firms in New York City. It provides a challenging academic, cultural and professional experience that will enhance the development of CU's journalism students. Contact CU Journalism Department director, Dr. Alan Blanchard, to discuss further.
The Herald is Cornerstone's award-winning, student-run university newspaper. As a journalism student, you will gain hands-on experience on campus by contributing to the Herald and receive class credit for your participation in the production process.
Graduates of Cornerstone can be found writing for newspapers, serving as editors for publishing companies, producing footage for news stations, and submitting work as freelance writers.
- Cassie Daszko ('15) works as a Paginator at Digital First Media in Pontiac, Mich.
- Becky Postema ('13) is a Copy Editor at MLive and the Grand Rapids Press in Walker, Mich.
- Alyssa Helm ('13) works as a Copy Writer at Family Christian Stores in Grand Rapids, Mich.
- Rachel Hunter ('12) serves as a Features Editor at the Gouverneur Tribune Press in Gouverneur, NY.
- Kelly Gampel ('12) serves as a Photojournalist/Reporter for the Star Gazette, Elmira, NY.
- Ryan Wenger ('11) is a Copy Editor at MLive and the Grand Rapids Press in Walker, Mich.
- Tim Devaney ('10) serves as a News Reporter at The Hill in Washington, D.C.
- Rachel Watson ('09) is a Freelance Writer and former Copy Editor at MLive and the Grand Rapids Press in Walker, Mich.
- Sarah Heth ('08) is Assistant Managing Editor at the Holland Sentinel in Holland, Mich.
- Luke Stier ('07) serves as Executive Producer at TV-8 in Grand Rapids, Mich.
- Ryan Jeltema ('03) is Assistant Managing Editor for Digital Media at the Elkhart Truth in Elkhart, Ind.
- Elizabeth Waldon ('02) serves as News Editor for the Daily News in Greenville, Mich.
- David Jesse ('97) works as an Education Reporter at the Detroit Free Press in Detroit, Mich.
Major Courses and Catalog
In addition to completing the university's core curriculum, the Bachelor of Science in Journalism degree requires the following classes:
- COM-400 Capstone Seminar (3 credit hours)
- JRN-201 News Writing and Reporting (3 credit hours)
- JRN-261 News Practicum—Three semesters at 1 credit hour each (3 credit hours)
- JRN-313 Feature/Travel Writing (3 credit hours)
- JRN-325 Professional Media Practice (3 credit hours)
- JRN-380 Internships (8 credit hours)
- JRN-401 Mass Media Ethics, History, Law (3 credit hours)
- JRN-404 Seminar in Journalism (3 credit hours)
- MDA-213 Introduction to Graphic Design (3 credit hours)
- Concentration courses—Broadcast reporting-producing, business reporting, editing-publishing, health-science reporting, news reporting or sports reporting (25-28 credit hours)
For course descriptions and graduation requirements, view the 2016-17 Cornerstone University Undergraduate Academic Catalog.