Journalism Communication

  • Program Overview

    The Journalism Communication program is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide students with a thorough background in journalism for both print and electronic media. Through courses offered by the Department of Theater, Communication, and Fine Arts, students learn the history of media and the theoretical perspectives and ethical issues confronting the various media, and acquire the practical skills necessary for working successfully in each medium. Also, the major requires numerous practicums and an internship where classroom learning is put into practice. Journalism Communications majors are prepared for careers in newspaper reporting, magazine writing, radio, TV, radio and TV production, public relations, advertising, interactive digital media and graduate school.

    Students receive hands-on experience by working on the student newspaper, The Gannon Knight, and at Gannon's own 3,000-watt broadcast and web streaming station, WERG-FM and WERGFM.com. Also, Gannon has a full TV production, digital editing and multimedia studio that is used for student instruction.

    In addition, the Journalism Communication program provides students with internship opportunities with the Erie Times-News, local television affiliates, advertising agencies, radio stations, nonprofit entities and public relations firms. A major in this program consists of 53 credits of required upper-level courses in the field of concentration, including practicums, an internship and a senior research project.

    Program Options

    • Bachelor of Arts
    • Journalism Minor

    Liberal Studies Core

    The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program.