Journalism and Public Relations, BA

Jake Williams by the White House IUP TO WASHINGTON, D.C.:  Jake Williams, journalism alumnus, went on to be a staff reporter for Scoop News Group's StateScoop. "The fundamentals of everything I do in my career came from Randy Jesick's Basic Journalistic Skills class and David Loomis's News Reporting class. Those two classes taught me the importance (and the skill) of good and precise grammar and accurate and solid reporting," he said.

Change the World with Your Words

For journalists, words are like tools that are always at their fingertips. They use them to tell the news, to share stories that touch readers, and to help businesses communicate with the public.

As a Journalism and Public Relations major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, you'll learn the craft of writing, from finely tuning your sentence structure to weaving together a compelling news or feature story. You'll grow as a writer, polishing your skills to prepare for your career.

As a Journalism and Public Relations major, you'll also have a lot of control over the classes you'll take. You're required to take only six main journalism classes. You'll design the rest of your major coursework with the help of your advisor, choosing from courses that focus on news, public relations, advertising, document design, and other areas. An internship is highly recommended.

In addition to flexibility in your major courses, you'll have a generous number of free electives, giving you the opportunity to add a double major, minor, or concentration to make you more competitive in the job market.