Communication Arts: Journalism at a glance
North Central’s Communication Arts: Journalism major will prepare you with the skills, knowledge, and practical training you need to pursue a career as a journalist or writer. Along with the technical skills of journalism and digital media you’ll gain through hands-on experience both on and off campus—including interviewing, reporting, and news writing—you’ll grow in your understanding of ethics in journalism and a broad range of communication theories. In the process, you’ll learn to integrate your Christian faith and your career. Learn more about a journalism major below!
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Interested in earning your degree in Communication Arts: Journalism at NCU?
What sets us apart
Skills you’ll gain
When you graduate from the Communication Arts: Journalism program, you’ll be prepared to:
- Understand a broad range of communication theories, digital media technology, rhetoric, global context, and business communication
- Execute the technical aspects of journalism, including interviewing, reporting, news writing, writing for digital media, copyediting, layout and design, web design, photography, and public speaking
- Integrate your Christian faith and your career as a journalist or communications professional
- Practice ethical journalism or public relations, both in practice and in a leadership context
Our graduates succeed in a variety of jobs and careers. Here are some possibilities:
- Magazine writer
- Digital content marketer
- Magazine editor or publisher
- Web communications specialist
- Sports writer
- Public relations
- Freelance writer
- Corporate communications
- Public affairs
- Political communications
- Broadcast journalist
- Community relations
- Advertising copywriter
- Technical writer
Selecting a track will help you focus your education and specialize in a field.
- Public Relations and Business Communication
- Technical Writing
Minors & supporting programs
We want you to be well-rounded and well-prepared when you graduate, so you’ll have the opportunity to choose a minor or supporting program so you can explore another area of interest. Here are some possibilities:
- Business Administration
- Media Production
- Public Relations and Advertising
- English: Creative Writing
- Intercultural Studies
- International Development
- Latin American Studies
- Middle Eastern Studies
- Urban Studies
See the full list of minors and supporting programs.
Erica Wenig '12
"My positive experience learning Arabic at North Central is what led me to pursue a graduate degree in Arabic, which I later completed at the University of Edinburgh. I really benefited from the one-on-one mentoring from professors. I appreciated that they were available and easy to approach for questions, concerns, or career advice."
All students must complete the General Education Core and Christian Studies Core. General electives may be added or an optional minor may be selected. You need 124 total credit hours to complete the Communication Arts: Journalism degree.
Meet one of your professors
Kingsriter Center #20
Assistant Professor, Communication Arts: Journalism
After working in both the technical communications industry and the journalism field, I’m excited to teach students in writing and digital media skills. In a world reliant on well-designed, quick, and accurate communication, it’s hard to find another field with more relevance. My desire is to see students hone their journalistic craft to serve others with the power of the story.
What are your areas of expertise?
My graduate work in the technical communication field involved researching effective methods of environment risk communication. I’m a member of both the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications and the International Society of Arboriculture. In the past, I’ve been an assistant editor at a national publication, worked as a technical writer for web development, and published works as a freelance writer in places such as Christianity Today, Ministries Today, Charisma, Relevant, Duluth News-Tribune, and Mankato Free Press, among others.
What do you love about teaching at North Central?
Our campus fosters the unification of faith and learning in all fields. I love being at the intersection of storytelling and faith. I’m also thrilled to be teaching in Elliot Park, a downtown neighborhood unique for its cultural diversity and strong community organization. I enjoy encouraging students to find and report great stories within our neighborhood.
What are your favorite classes to teach?
Introduction to Digital Media Production, Layout and Design, Feature Writing, Technical Writing