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Journalism, B.A.

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Course Description

The department will promote excellence in learning by encouraging students to become skillful communicators, critical thinkers, knowledgeable media consumers and users, and ethical leaders capable of understanding and protecting the democratic process. An enriched professional environment will encourage students to gain the experience and skills essential to life-long learning.

The faculty will assure excellence in teaching that reflects the diverse heritage that enriches a free and democratic society and prepares students for an ever-changing media landscape. The faculty will educate students to understand the role of journalistic media in a multicultural, diverse and ever- changing national and international communications environment.

The Journalism program from Eastern Illinois University will promote quality integrative learning and undergraduate research experiences for students.

The faculty will demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning through continuing scholarly, creative and professional activities.

The faculty will demonstrate excellence in service through a commitment: 

  • to develop a media-literate society through cultural and educational enrichment for journalism consumers, educators and students in Illinois, for Eastern students and for journalism majors
  • to broaden the practice and understanding of the communication of public information so crucial to the preservation of a free and democratic society
  • to provide opportunities for continuing intellectual development for journalism and public relations professionals
  • to contribute to department, college and university committees, activities, programs and service.

The Department of Journalism will provide education that is 

  • durable enough to weather changes in the careers of our alumni
  • flexible and broad enough to span the time and space of their lives and careers
  • responsive to the changes in the discipline
  • practical and successful in teaching students how to communicate knowledgeably, critically, ethically and effectively.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    45 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Journalism Forum
  • Journalism and Democracy
  • Writing for News Media
  • Journalism Practicum
  • Journalism Ethics
  • Journalism Capstone
  • Communication Law

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    61

    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:

    500

    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

    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

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • Application for Admission
  • Official records (transcripts or mark sheets) beginning with secondary school. Transcripts must bear the seal and signature of the appropriate school official, and be accompanied by an official English translation if necessary. A minimum grade point average of a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale is required
  • English Language Proficiency Requirement: Official TOEFL, IELTS, STEP EIKEN, Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)
  • A completed International Student Financial Affidavit Form, documenting sufficient funding for the intended program of study
  • Non-refundable application fee of $30.00 U.S. in the form of a check, certified check or money order made payable to Eastern Illinois University

Tuition Fee

  • International

    378 USD/credit
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  • National

    302 USD/credit
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Living costs for Charleston

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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