48 months
63468 USD/year
63468 USD/year
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The Journalism BA program offered at University of Southern California stresses the importance of multimedia storytelling. The School of Journalism offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in Print and Digital Journalism and Broadcast and Digital Journalism.


The best journalists can promote dialogue, advance justice, encourage civic engagement, and inform the public about major problems or issues facing society. At the Journalism BA program offered at University of Southern California you will be taught to work across all media platforms – print, broadcast and online - and you will practice your craft in a state-of-the arts Media Center and in Los Angeles, a stimulating urban laboratory. You will learn from top professionals, including Emmy and Pulitzer Prize winners, who have worked at the nation’s most respected news organizations.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of the Journalism degree program you should be able to:

  • Understand and apply the principles and laws of freedom of speech and press for the country.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the history and role of professionals and institutions in shaping communications.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of gender, race ethnicity, sexual orientation and, as appropriate, other forms of diversity in domestic society in relation to mass communications.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of peoples and cultures and of the significance and impact of mass communications in a global society.
  • Understand concepts and apply theories in the use and presentation of images and information.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of professional ethical principles and work ethically in pursuit of truth, accuracy, fairness and diversity.
  • Think critically, creatively and independently.
  • Conduct research and evaluate information by methods appropriate to the communications professions in which you work.
  • Write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the communications professions, audiences and purposes you serve (deadline/short-form and non-deadline/long-form).
  • Critically evaluate your own work and that of others for accuracy and fairness, clarity, appropriate style and grammatical correctness.
  • Apply basic numerical and statistical concepts.
  • Apply tools and technologies appropriate for the communications professions in which you work (text, audio, video, web).
  • Demonstrate competency in leadership.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Navigating Media and News in the Digital Age 
  • Culture of Journalism: Past, Present and Future
  • Reporting and Writing 
  • Media Law and Ethics 
  • Reporting and Writing
  • Coding for Storytelling
  • Visual Journalism
  • Data Journalism 
  • Creating Your Digital Footprint and Brand 
  • Engaging Diverse Communities in the Digital Era 
  • Advanced Media Law in the Digital Age
  • Advanced Digital Media Storytelling

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

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  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Official Test Scores
  • Transcripts: First-year applicants should submit official transcripts of all high school and college coursework completed.
  • Letter(s) of Recommendation: One letter is required from either your school counselor or a teacher from your school. Applicants to the School of Cinematic Arts must submit three letters of recommendation.
  • Portfolio, resumé and/or additional writing samples: if required by major. Performance majors may also require auditions.
  • Submit your fall grades (when available)

Tuition Fee

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    63468 USD/year
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  • National

    63468 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 63468 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Los Angeles

1520 - 2570 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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