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Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University

Journalism and Mass Communications

Program Offerings

Academic Division: College

Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Arts

Academic Programs: Course Offerings:

Example Career Outcomes

  • Communications for non-profit organizations
  • Copy editor
  • Graduate study in law, mass communications, film
  • Magazine Editor
  • Newspaper or wire service reporter
  • Online news manager
  • Public relations practitioner
  • Television producer

Washington and Lee's Department of Journalism and Mass Communications helps students develop abilities to think critically, to communicate clearly, to understand the ethical dimensions of the decisions they make, and to fully recognize the central role of news media in a free society. Our graduates hold positions of responsibility in news and communications organizations all over the world.

Because journalism and communications employers rightfully expect our graduates to become competent professionals, the department is committed to teaching students the skills and familiarizing them with the tools that are the standards of the industry. We are committed to keeping abreast of those skills and tools as the information revolution continues.

As the nation's only accredited journalism and mass communications program in a highly selective liberal arts college, we fulfill these responsibilities within Washington and Lee's commitment to a broad education and the curricular limits established by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.

Program Highlights

  • Students select one of three sequences: Journalism, Business Journalism, or Mass Communications.
  • Students must also take at least four upper-level courses in a discipline outside of journalism and mass communications.
  • Students learn to use the most advanced technology and produce The Rockbridge Report website and television show.
  • All journalism and business-journalism majors are required to have internships. Most mass communications majors do as well.
  • Classes are taught by nine full-time faculty, all with strong academic and professional credentials.
  • The department has a long commitment to the teaching of professional ethics, as manifested by our Knight Chair in Journalism.
  • The department is one of the few in the nation to offer a concentration in business journalism, which bridges the journalism department and W&L’s Williams School of Commerce.