Journalism & Media Studies at the Woods

Journalism & Media Studies students learn to communicate relevant issues and ideas through a variety of mediums. As a journalism major at The Woods, you will learn how to become a journalist through developing a strong command of the basics of reporting, writing, designing, and editing publications through print, web, and interactive media; as well as studying photography, film, and public relations. A degree in Journalism & Media Studies prepares students to work in a variety of journalism jobs and media fields, including newspapers, magazines, book publishing, and digital media communication.

The College offers the following journalism programs:

Journalism & Media Studies is offered on campus and through online classes in our distance learning program, Woods Online.

View Journalism & Media Studies course requirements.

What is Journalism & Media Studies?

As a journalism major, you will work closely with faculty to develop the necessary skills for visual and written communication. You will develop a strong command of mass communication through courses and internships, and  also "learn the ropes" of the business and get real-world experience in journalism jobs by working for The Woods, the College's newspaper.

As digital technology is changing both the gathering and dissemination of information, SMWC offers a curriculum that allows students to learn the relationship between traditional and emerging media. The journalism major identifies the importance of both theory and practical knowledge, providing students with a well-rounded approach to both journalism and media.

Students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in traditional, Web-based, and interactive journalism. Students will graduate from SMWC with a portfolio of profesional-quality work; prepared for a variety of careers in reporting, editing, and designing for both print and on-line publications, as well as producing video, audio, and sequential art.

On Campus or Online

Campus Facilities

Hulman Hall houses the Department of Text and Image with shared space for the Art & Design and the Journalism & Media Studies majors, including classrooms, and up-to-date computer lab and a dedicated space for The Woods (the award-winning college student newspaper). A gallery allows students the opportunity to present and exhibit their work, while a lighting studio is available for both photography and videography projects. 

Students have access to Macintosh computers, scanners and printers, digital SLR cameras, video cameras and other multi-media equipment.

Faculty offices are also housed near the classrooms.


Scholarships are available! Learn more on our scholarships page.