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Journalism - Public Relations, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #601 (WUR) , WA,
The Journalism - Public Relations major at Western Washington University is based on the belief that journalism is the work of supplying content, primarily news, for the ever-expanding world of mass media. Journalists are responsible for gathering information, analyzing and editing it for a mass audience, and dispensing it using some form of media platform.

About

Increasingly the methods of distribution have become more complex, but the basic mission of a journalist remains the same: to serve the public by finding, defining, writing and editing information.

Today's journalist may be found on traditional publications such as newspapers and magazines, broadcast outlets and specialized publications. He or she may utilize online delivery or other forms of electronic communication. The trained journalist may use her or his skills in the expanding field of public relations, working to serve as a bridge between those with a message to communicate and the journalist who seeks information.

Why Consider the Public Relations Sequence of the Journalism Major?

The Journalism - Public Relations major at Western Washington University pursues theoretical and practical communication studies in a liberal arts setting. Students of journalism gain practical experience on Western's award-winning student media, and majors additionally take field internships with newspapers, magazines, broadcast stations, public relations agencies and other professional organizations.

Courses in the public relations sequence follow the news-editorial emphasis, adding communication skills important for careers in this rapidly growing field.

Sample Careers
  • Reporter 
  • Editor 
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Community Relations Director
  • TV News Anchor
  • Speech Writer
  • Advertising Copywriter
  • Copywriter
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Lobbyist 
  • Photojournalist
  • Designer 
  • Multimedia Producer
  • All careers involving communication

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Fall Quarter - Early Action deadline: November 1
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    79-81 Credits alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Introduction to Mass Media
  • Newswriting
  • Editing
  • Principles of Public Relations
  • Mass Media Law
  • Mass Media Ethics
  • Advanced Public Relations Writing and Techniques
  • Feature Writing
  • Public Relations Case Studies
  • Field Internship

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    80

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

National students

  • The Freshman Application for Admission and Scholarships, including essay and activities list
  • $60 non-refundable application fee (fee waiver may be available)
  • Unofficial high school transcript or GED submitted electronically or by mail
  • Official ACT or SAT scores sent from the testing agency or your high school

International students

  • The International Student Application for Admission submitted by the application deadline
  • $60 non-refundable application fee
  • Official academic credentials
  • Evidence of English language proficiency
  • Statement of Financial Responsibility

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21801 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21801 USD per module and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    6387 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6387 USD per module and a duration of 48 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • 10-18 credits per quarter

Living costs for Bellingham

  • 1109 - 1690 USD/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

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