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Journalism (English, B.A.)

This concentration within the English program prepares students for a range of careers in journalism, public relations, media, and more. Students are encouraged to learn and utilize a wide variety of skills across multiple media. There are multiple media outlets where students can publish work, including the Mace & Crown, WODU, and HerCampus. Graduates will be prepared for numerous careers. The program culminates in a B.A. in English.

Journalism (English, B.A.)


Description


What is Journalism at ODU like?

This concentration within the English program prepares students for a range of careers in journalism, public relations, media, and more. Students are encouraged to learn and utilize a wide variety of skills across multiple media. There are multiple media outlets where students can publish work, including the Mace & Crown, WODU, and HerCampus. Graduates will be prepared for numerous careers. The program culminates in a B.A. in English.

Program Highlights


What makes Journalism at ODU unique?

  • Prepares students for a variety of careers in journalism, communications, and media

  • Offers multiple opportunities for student publication

  • Trains students in multiple media and modalities for content creation

  • Highlights skills from fundamentals through advanced digital productions

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Communications Teachers, Postsecondary

$75,640

MEDIAN SALARY


Teach courses in communications, such as organizational communications, public relations, radio/television broadcasting, and journalism. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Reporters and Correspondents

$51,550

MEDIAN SALARY


Collect and analyze facts about newsworthy events by interview, investigation, or observation. Report and write stories for newspaper, news magazine, radio, or television.

Radio and Television Announcers

$47,630

MEDIAN SALARY


Speak or read from scripted materials, such as news reports or commercial messages, on radio or television. May announce artist or title of performance, identify station, or interview guests.

Broadcast News Analysts

$88,250

MEDIAN SALARY


Analyze, interpret, and broadcast news received from various sources.

Courses


What are some courses offered in Journalism at ODU?

ENGL 387:
TV News Production


This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the reporting, writing, and production aspects of a television news program. Students will learn how to create 15- and 30-minute news broadcasts by developing story ideas and news gathering. Students will also learn the intricacies of shooting and editing video along with the production process involved in recording a live news broadcast. Each student will spend time both in front of and behind the television studio cameras. The goal of this course is to produce weekly news programs worthy of broadcast on local television. Students will assume the roles of reporter, writer, producer, floor director, photojournalist, videographer, technician, and more. |Cross listed with COMM 387/THEA 387) Prerequisites: COMM 271 or THEA 271 or COMM 382 or ENGL 382.

ENGL 484:
Feature Story Writing


Course includes discussion and practice of writing a variety of newspaper and magazine feature stories. Students will write and critique stories on people, places, businesses, trends, and issues. Assistance is given in the marketing of manuscripts. Prerequisite: Nine semester hours in English.

ENGL 454:
Creative Nonfiction


A course in the techniques of writing nonfiction imaginatively within a factual context. Emphasis is placed on regard for reader psychology, selection of significant detail, and the development of a style at once lively and lucid. Assignments are made individually with regard to the student's field of interest---history, biography, science, politics, informal essay, etc. Advice is given on the marketing of promising manuscripts. Prerequisites: ENGL 327W or ENGL 351 and junior standing or permission of the instructor, based on writing samples submitted.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Journalism at ODU?

Students entering the Bachelor of Arts program in Journalism should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 374

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,039

Active Duty Military Rate


Per Credit:

$ 250

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 407

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Next Steps


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Location:

5006 BATTEN ARTS & LETTERS, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-4036


Undergraduate Admissions


Location:

1004 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-3255


Email:

admissions@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Transfer


I like this program and want to transfer. What are my next steps?

At ODU, we understand that as a transfer student you have unique needs that require a wide array of campus resources. The Center for Advising Administration and Academic Partnerships aims to create a transfer inclusive culture that supports the successful transition, engagement, and academic achievement of transfer students. The services and programs offered to you as a Monarch are endless so take advantage of every opportunity. Even before you set foot on campus, we encourage you to Explore, Experience, and Engage! Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

Additional Programs


Are there other programs at ODU I may be interested in?

With over 120 undergraduate programs, 130 graduate programs at the master'seducation specialist and doctoral levels plus a wealth of certificate and professional development programs, Old Dominion University has the program for you. Visit our academic program listing page to see other programs ODU has to offer.

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