Certificates in Journalism and Public Relations

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Certificate in Journalism

This undergraduate Certificate is designed for students who are interested in journalism but want to major in another subject at IUPUI. This Certificate offers professional training in journalism and mass communication. In addition to developing skills in writing, reporting, storytelling, and editing; visual communication; and new communications technology, you will learn research techniques, analytical thinking, teamwork, and versatility. These are the skills that today’s employers are looking for in college graduates.

The Certificate curriculum will prepare you to be an effective, ethical communicator regardless of the profession you choose. You will learn to analyze and explain information to a wide variety of audiences via many kinds of media. You might choose to pursue careers such as reporting, editing, photography, or social media management, or decide to seek a job in public relations, government, education, advertising, business, international relations, law, social services, or a related field.

You’ll receive hands-on experience in journalism through your classwork, writing blogs, and at internships or other endeavors.

Admission

You must complete the following for admission to the Certificate program in Journalism:

  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
  • Completion of 15 credit hours

Requirements

You must complete the following to earn the Certificate in Journalism:

  • Completion of a total of 25 credit hours, with a minimum grade of C in each course.

Core Courses

Core Requirements (16 credits)

  • J 110 Foundations of Journalism and Mass Communications
  • J 200 Reporting, Writing, and Editing I (P: ENG-W 131)
  • J 210 Visual Communication
  • J 300 Communications Law (P: Sophomore standing)
  • J 410 Media as Social Institutions (capstone) (P: J 300 & Junior standing or above)
  • J 492 Media Internship (P: By permission) (1 credit)

Area Core Requirements (9 credits)

  • J 341 Newspaper Reporting (P: J 200 & J 210)
  • J 351 Newspaper Editing (P: J 200 & 210)
  • Choose one specialty course from the following:
    • J 343 Broadcast News (P: J 200 & J 210)
    • J 344 Photojournalism Reporting (P: J 200 & J 210)
    • J 463 Graphic Design I (P: J 200 & J 210)

How to enroll

Contact both the Journalism and Public Relations Academic Advisor and the School of Liberal Arts Student Affairs office, located in CA 401, to complete the necessary paperwork to officially declare the Certificate.

Academic Advisor:
Samantha Walters
E-mail: sschwade@iupui.edu
Telephone: (317) 278-2506
Office: Cavanaugh Hall (CA) 401

Certificate in Public Relations

As traditional media changes, more and more organizations are assuming responsibility for their own communications — and are telling their own stories through news releases, e-newsletters, and social media.

The Certificate offers you professional training in journalism and mass communication with a focus on public relations. In addition to developing skills of writing, reporting, and editing; visual communication; and new communications technology, you will obtain research techniques, analytical thinking, teamwork, and versatility. These are the skills that today’s employers are looking for in college graduates.

At IUPUI, you will take courses with expert faculty, do internships, and collaborate with community members on projects outside the classroom—such as PR campaigns. Through these opportunities, you will gain experience that will set you apart in the job market. As a graduate of the program, you might choose to work in a position at a PR firm, corporation, government agency, nonprofit organization, or health and life sciences organization. The Certificate curriculum prepares you to be an effective, ethical communicator regardless of the career path you pursue.

Admission

You must complete the following for admission to the Certificate program in Public Relations:

  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
  • Completion of 15 credit hours

Requirements

You must complete the following to earn the Certificate in Public Relations:

  • Completion of a total of 25 credit hours, with a minimum grade of C in each course.

Core Courses

Core Requirements (16 credits)

  • J 110 Foundations of Journalism and Mass Communications
  • J 200 Reporting, Writing, and Editing I (P: ENG-W 131)
  • J 210 Visual Communication
  • J 300 Communications Law (P: Sophomore standing)
  • J 410 Media as Social Institutions (capstone) (P: J 300 & Junior standing or above)
  • J 492 Media Internship (P: By permission) (1 credit)

Area Core Requirements (9 credits)

  • J 219 Introduction to Public Relations
  • J 340 Public Relations Tactics and Techniques (P: J 219)
  • J 390 Public Relations Writing (P: J 200 & J 219)

How to enroll

Contact both the Journalism and Public Relations Academic Advisor and the School of Liberal Arts Student Affairs office, located in CA 401, to complete the necessary paperwork to officially declare the certificate.

Academic Advisor:
Samantha Walters
E-mail: sschwade@iupui.edu
Telephone: (317) 278-2506
Office: Cavanaugh Hall (CA) 401