Journalism, BS

Make a Meaningful Impact through Communication

Journalists and professional communicators are responsible for providing the information people need to make vital decisions about their lives, their communities, and their governments. In the online journalism and communication program, you’ll learn by doing — studying issues, reporting stories, and producing content that helps people make sense of their world. 

This program will prepare you to think critically and act professionally. You’ll strengthen your writing, reporting, and multimedia production skills while learning to ethically and effectively tell stories that have the potential to change people’s lives. Upon graduation, you’ll be a competitive candidate for a career in journalism or other professional communication field.

Degree at a Glance

3
Yearly Start Dates
20
Industry Relevant Courses
000%
Online Curriculum
30
Program Credit Hours
$6623
Estimated Annual Tuition*

*This estimation reflects three semesters of tuition and fees for in-state part-time resident students using the 2021-2022 Tuition & Fee schedule. Final tuition and fees may vary on a case by case basis. Please contact the Utah State University registrar’s department, or see the last page in the USU Tuition & Fee schedule for full information regarding tuition and fees.

Career Outlook for Graduates

While many graduates pursue jobs in news media, broadcasting, public relations and corporate communication, the skillsets developed by students in journalism and communication are in demand in every industry. There isn’t a career sector in the world, after all, that is not in need of individuals who can work successfully in stressful situations, meet tight deadlines, and synthesize complex information with accuracy and clarity. The demand for strategic communication planners and social media communicators is quickly growing across a wide spectrum of industries as well. 

Median Pay*

  • Reporter – $49,370
  • Writer – $67,120
  • Editor – $63,400
  • Public Relations Specialist – $62,810
  • Video Editor – $61,900

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2021

Why Earn a Degree in Journalism from USU Online

You’ll get the opportunity to learn from faculty who work in the areas they teach, ensuring real, working application of the principles their students are learning.  

The faculty team is small enough to build meaningful relationships with students and diverse enough to offer unique insights and opportunities. As a student and graduate, you’ll build a robust professional network that will help you take your first steps in the workforce.

Resources for Online Students

For online students based in Utah, resources such as local support, study spaces, BlueZone WiFi, and testing services, are available at the statewide campus nearest to them. Students both in-state and out-of-state have access to virtual services provided from various organizations and offices based at Logan main campus. See our Student Resources page for more information.

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Out-of-State and International Student Disclaimer
Utah is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) and Utah State University (USU) is an approved SARA institution, which means we adhere to established standards for offering post-secondary e-learning programs in all member states. Please review our state authorizations to see if this program is offered in your state and our process for student complaints against the university.
International students studying at USU on the F-1 or J-1 visa must have the majority of their classes each semester be face-to-face in order to meet the physical presence requirement to maintain their visa status. Students on the F-1 visa must enroll in classes at the Logan or USU Eastern campuses. Students on the J-1 visa must enroll in classes at the Logan campus.

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Stacey Kelly

Stacey Kelly
Academic Advisor
435-797-3883
stacey.kelly@usu.edu