We are delighted that you are interested in Asbury’s Journalism program. Our national-award-winning program combines cutting-edge technology, high-profile opportunities, and top-notch instruction from dedicated, caring faculty members. The result: A chance to tell important stories, tackle the new media landscape and live out the Lord’s calling in a fallen world.
For decades, Asbury University has prepared Christian journalists who negotiate life’s journey with insight, courage, and joy. As a Journalism major at Asbury, you’ll be inundated with opportunities to tell important stories through print, broadcast, and online media. Our program, which has received multiple Student Production Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Ohio Valley Chapter), provides you with numerous high-profile national and international opportunities, including the chance to produce news packages at the Summer and Winter Olympics.
The Journalism major at Asbury University ground students in an understanding of the power of writing, photo imaging, and graphics to bring meaning in an ever-changing marketplace of ideas. The program prepares students to write and create for any media: print, online, broadcast. Courses include writing, editing, photojournalism, television production, shooting documentaries, and more. Students with a Journalism major or minor gain not only professional journalistic skills but an understanding of how Christian values can be applied to competent leadership over print and online media ranging from newspapers and magazines to public relations and advertising materials.
Along with our nationally acclaimed student newspaper, our journalism curriculum has become one of the most cutting-edge programs in the country, with classes ranging from convergent news to documentary filmmaking. The “home base” of our convergent journalism program is a CNN-style news bureau where students from all areas of media collaborate to produce the print and online editions of our newspaper.
After graduation, Asbury journalism alumni go on to top media outlets such as CNN and prestigious journalism graduate schools such as Northwestern and Missouri-Columbia. Some work for newspapers, others become editors of magazines, and still, others are Web writers for international Christian organizations. Whatever path you choose to follow, Asbury will prepare you for the challenges that lie ahead.
To graduate must complete all major requirements, foundational requirements, and additional electives needed for the 124-hour minimum degree requirement.
Major Requirements (37)
Journalism Core (10)
__ 3 JRN 110 Foundations of Journalism
__ 3 JRN 435 Internship
__ 1 MC 375 Junior Seminar
__ 3 MC 472 Media Law & Ethics
Choose two Journalism courses:
__ 3 JRN 374 Emerging Journalism
__ 3 JRN 376 Global Journalism
JRN 390 Non-fiction Storytelling
Choose two Journalism Industry courses:
COM 461 Social Media Marketing
__ 3 JRN 303 Features & Opinions
__ 3 JRN 375 Documentary Filmmaking
MC 308 Broadcast News
Choose 15 hours Media courses (*not used above):
COM 281 Public Relations Theory/Practice
__ 3 COM 461 Social Media Marketing*
JRN 207 Journalism Design
JRN 214 Video Journalism
__ 3 JRN 285 Travel Journalism
JRN 303 Features & Opinions*
JRN 343 Photojournalism
__ 3 JRN 374 Emerging Journalism*
JRN 375 Documentary Filmmaking*
JRN 376 Global Journalism*
__ 3 JRN 390 Nonfiction Storytelling*
JRN 391 Independent Study
JRN 393 Seminar
__ 3 MC 308 Broadcast News*
MC 326 Sports Storytelling
Plus Foundational Requirements (50)
Plus electives needed for the 124-hour degree requirement (37)
Complete and submit your application through Common App or our online application form.
Send in your additional materials (transcripts and test scores).
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Sending Test Scores
We require ACT, SAT, or Classic Learning Test (CLT) test scores or an additional essay and interview as part of our Test-Optional admission process before your application can be reviewed.
ACT code: 1486
SAT code: 1019
CLT: Select Asbury University as a score recipient
Our Test-Optional admission process does not require ACT, SAT or CLT scores but does require an additional essay and interview before your application for admission can be reviewed. To choose Test-Optional, contact your counselor. (Common App applicants can select it as their Test Plan on the application.) Please note that test scores are still required for some Asbury scholarships.
Official transcripts are required from your high school before your application can be reviewed. Transcripts should be sent directly from the institution to the Asbury University Admissions Office.
Homeschool students: Your transcript must include courses taken, grades earned, class rank (if available), and your cumulative GPA (Grade Point Average), among other items.
International students: Please review the international admissions process.
GED students: Submit official copies of your GED (General Education Development Test) scores in place of a high school transcript.
You are considered a freshman for the application and financial aid processes if you have not taken any college/university classes more recently than the summer after your high school graduation.
If you have taken dual credit/dual enrollment classes, you can transfer them to Asbury to count toward your degree by sending transcripts from the sponsoring college/university upon your acceptance to Asbury.
Asbury accepts transfer credit from AP, CLEP, IB, and AICE tests. To receive credit, submit test results to the Asbury University Admissions Office after you have been admitted.
High School Preparation
To be successful in college, we recommend that you take the following classes in high school:
English – four years including one year of Composition
Mathematics – three to four years including Algebra
Social Studies – two years including one year of History
Laboratory Science – two to three years
Foreign Language – two years of the same language