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Established in 1968, the UW Oshkosh Department of Journalism is an accredited program recognized by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC).

We have a strong commitment to the principles on the advancement of literacy, freedom of expression and journalism education. We also acknowledge a professional emphasis on journalism and mass media. Students are encouraged to acquire practical experience through internships and professional institutions.


The Department of Journalism offers two majors: Journalism with emphases in advertising, writing/editing, visual and media studies and a Public Relations major. Education on new communication technology and journalism diversity has been integrated into different courses across the emphases.

  • In the writing/editing emphasis, students are prepared to take entry-level positions on daily and weekly newspapers, magazines and online sites.
  • In the advertising and public relations emphases, students are prepared to take entry-level positions with media, agencies and related organizations.
  • The visual journalism emphasis enables students to learn both press and commercial photographic skills, multimedia production and web production before entering into the entry-level positions in the visual industry.
  • The media studies emphasis prepares students to pursue advanced journalism degrees.

The Department of Journalism offers the Professional Journalism Internship as a three-credit elective class. Students also participate in collegiate competitions both in and outside of classes, including the National Students Advertising Competition, Public Relations Bateman Competition and Hearst Journalism Awards to earn practical experience.

Ten scholarships are offered to students in different emphases through the department, while also encouraging students to apply for scholarships offered by private institutions.

The department recognizes outstanding students by offering them membership in Kappa Tau Alpha, the journalism honor society.

Students must maintain a 2.5 minimum overall GPA prerequisite to enroll in most journalism classes. A minor is not required, so some students double-major or double-emphasis in journalism.

Some journalism students choose business administration, art, English, political science and other humanities and social sciences as their minors.