B.F.A. in Journalism

Journalism is a challenging and fast-paced career. Given the flood of information that surrounds us, the public looks to skilled journalists to provide news and commentary that informs civic dialogue, and to report the latest trends and events in politics, government, culture, entertainment, sports, technology, and much more. The Journalism major trains students to be strong writers, a skill that can be applied to jobs in many other fields as well.

The 120-credit Bachelor of Fine Arts in Journalism provides you with an understanding of the increasingly complex task of reporting, writing, editing and delivering the news in a multimedia environment. Our program develops practical knowledge and conceptual foundations for work in the varied forms of print, broadcast and online journalism as well as for graduate study in journalism and related fields. Journalism students are strongly encouraged to select a minor in another field, such as a science, social science or business to better prepare them to report in a specific content area with deeper understanding. 

Students in other majors with an interest in writing may want to consider a minor in journalism, specialty reporting or communications. These 15 credit minors offer students an opportunity to develop their writing and reporting skills. Having these skills also opens up career paths in a variety of fields. 

Journalism majors study in small classes with professors who have extensive professional experience. They sharpen their skills with reporting for The Pioneer, the award-winning LIUPost student newspaper; PTV, the campus television station, WCWP, the campus radio station; and The Bottom Line, the student magazine. Students also gain real world experience at internships at some of the nation’s top newsrooms, including Newsday, MTV Networks, ABC-TV, NBC-TV, WFAN Radio, News 12 Long Island and The Associated Press. Campus resources for journalism majors include state-of-the-art television and radio studios, a journalism lab and newsroom, HD video cameras and digital editing suites with professional-level computers and software.


  • Incoming freshmen must have a solid B average (3.0 grade point average or 82 to 85) and an average SAT of 1000 (Math & Critical Reading combined) or ACT Composite of 20 or above.
  • Transfer students must have completed more than 24 college credits. A minimum college GPA of 2.0 is required for application review. If you have completed fewer than 24 credits, you must also submit high school transcripts and SAT/ACT scores.
  • No portfolio review is required for admission into the Journalism Program
Core Requirements
In addition to all major requirements, students pursuing the B.F.A. in Journalism must satisfy all core curriculum requirements as follows:
Level 1
First-Year Seminar 0 credits
Post Foundations 1 credit
Writing I & II 6 credits
MTH 3 credits
Level 2
Social Sciences: ECO, POL (1 sequence) 6 credits
SOC, ANT, PSY, GGR 6 credits
Humanities:FL and ENG (6 credits
from one area)
6 credits
PHL 3 credits
HIS 3 credits
Sciences: AST, BIO, CHM, ERS, GLY PHY, PSY (1 sequence)
8 credits
3 credits
  Total: 45 credits
 For a more detailed listing of these requirements, see the core curriculum section of this bulletin.

Major Requirements
Required Dept. of Communications & Film Core Courses
ORC 1 Public Speaking 3 credits
CMA 4 Media Literacy 3 credits
BDST 11 Digital Tools: Audio  3 credits
CMA 10 Media Law and Ethics 3 credits
CMA 5 Writing in Digital Age 3 credits
BDST 12 Digital Tools: Video 3 credits
CMA 2  Mass Media in American Society 3 credits
BDST 25 Video Field Production 3 credits
BDST 46 Web Video Production 3 credits
Required Journalism Courses
JOU 3 Basic Reporting (only offered in Fall) 3 credits
JOU 4 Beat Reporting (only offered in Spring) 3 credits
JOU 20 Photojournalism 3 credits
JOU 5 Writing for Electronic Journalism 3 credits
JOU 41 Newspaper Laboratory (may be taken multiple times) 3 credits
JOU 56 Electronic Newsgathering (must be taken with BDST 54; only offered in Spring) 3 credits
BDST 54 Producing the TV Newscast (must be taken with JOU 56; only offered in Spring)
3 credits
JOU 91 Senior Research (must be taken fall of senior year) 3 credits
JOU 92 Senior Thesis & Portfolio (must be taken spring of senior year) 4 credits 
JOU 87 Journalism Internship 3 credits
**While JOU 41 is repeatable, students are only required to complete it once to satisfy this requirement**
Elective Journalism Courses: Courses that are not being used to satisfy major or core requirements. Students must take 4 (12 credits) of JOU electives.
JOU 6 Culture Reposrting 3 credits
JOU 12 Investigative Journalism  3 credits
JOU 52 Interviewing (recommended) 3 credits
JOU 54 Sports Reporting 3 credits
JOU 88 Journalism Internship (at least one jounralism internship is required, but 2 are recommended) 3 credits
JOU 89 Advanced Independent Study 3 credits
Free Electives: Courses that are not being used to satisfy major or core requirements. 5 credits.

Credit and GPA Requirements:

Minimum Total Credits: 120
Minimum Liberal Arts Credits: 45
Minimum Major Credits: 70 (includes co-relatedclasses and major electives)
Minimum Overall GPA: 2.00

Digital Tools: Audio 

High School Summer Journalism Institute

From July 11-15, 2016, high school students passionate about journalism participated in a residential program at LIU Post. During this boot camp for high school reporters, they learned investigative reporting skills, including how to interview sources, write stories, take pictures, and blog, among other skills. They worked with the college editors of LIU Post’s award winning student newspaper, The Pioneer, and learned from renowned journalists from Newsday, CBS, Herald Community Newspapers, and Anton Media Group, among others.



In recent years, The Pioneer, the LIU Post student newspaper, has received numerous awards.



College of Arts, Communications & Design
Steven Breese, Dean
Kahn 100, Kahn Hall