Communication and Journalism

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Foreign:$ 16.3 k / Semester(s) Deadline: Feb 15, 2025
StudyQA ranking:5521 Duration:48 months

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Our program is tailored to your goals. You’ll start by gaining a firm foundation in communications and journalism with courses in effective speaking, concise writing, and critical thinking. Then you’ll enter the experiential phase, where you’ll pinpoint a concentration to gain specific knowledge and hands-on experience. You’ll work with mentors who are thought influencers in the field—the Suffolk classroom and the city beyond is your oyster.

Choose from concentrations in:

  • Advertising

    This concentration teaches you how to package thoughts, concepts, and products. You’ll begin with two basics: communication theory and basic presentation skills. Then you’ll advance to design and production, copywriting, media planning, and new media and markets.

  • Broadcast Journalism

    In addition to the basics of communication theory and presentation skills, you’ll gain invaluable experience at our two campus TV shows, Communication Studies Savvy messaging is essential in a variety of fields, from law to public relations to politics. Classes in this versatile concentration include persuasion, the rhetoric of protest, and organizational communication.

  • Film

    Get hands-on experience in film and video coupled with a broadened worldview: Our concentration has a global scope, with seminars on Middle Eastern cinema, feminist struggle in developing nations, and the Asian diaspora. State-of-the-art editing equipment and film labs provide hands-on learning.

  • Media

    “Media” is an evolving concept, constantly innovating as technology develops. This concentration blends key courses in cinema, media production, and law with for-credit internships in TV production, film-making, media law, and business.

  • Print Journalism

    As the pendulum swings from print to digital journalism, you’ll gain universal skills that can be applied in print and online, including copyediting, feature writing, criticism, and reporting—and many of these courses are taught by distinguished reporters. You’ll also meet guest lecturers culled from the city’s talent pool, including prizewinning Boston Globe columnist Joan Vennochi and Vanity Fair editor-at-large Cullen Murphy.

  • Public Relations

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline February 15, 2015 Tuition fee
  • USD 16265 Semester (National)

Full-time: 12-17 credits per semester $16,265

Start date 2016 Credits 126 credits

Students must complete a minimum of 126 credits for graduation.

Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Whatever you study in Communication and Journalism, you'll have a range of career options that span the globe. Our program is tailored to your goals. You’ll start by gaining a firm foundation in communications and journalism with courses in effective speaking, concise writing, and critical thinking. Then you’ll enter the experiential phase, where you’ll pinpoint a concentration to gain specific knowledge and hands-on experience.

Students must complete a minimum of 126 credits for graduation. Core degree requirements are listed in the Academic Catalog.

Major Requirements: 12 courses, 48 credits

Students must complete the Communication and Journalism (CJN) core requirements and the requirements of a concentration in the Department of Communication and Journalism in one of the following areas: advertising, communication studies, film, media, broadcast journalism, print journalism, and public relations. All CJN majors require a minimum of 12 courses (48 credits) of CJN coursework.

In addition, all CJN students must also complete the general requirements for their chosen undergraduate degree:

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science in Journalism (available to students in the Journalism, Broadcast Journalism, Public Relations, Advertising, and Media concentrations)

All students majoring in Communication and Journalism must have their program of study approved by an advisor from the department each semester prior to registering for classes.

Department Core Requirements All CJN majors must take the following core courses:
  • CJN-101 Introduction to Communication




    An introduction to the discipline addressing social science, humanities and practical art approaches to the study of communication. Students investigate the broad themes and foundational concepts which unify the discipline in order to understand the diverse fields, functions and purposes of communication. Normally offered every semester.


    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • CJN-103 Presentations Skills




    The development, delivery of oral presentations. Students develop skills in oral and physical delivery, organization, persuasion, critical thinking and use of support media.


    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • CJN-405 Communication Theory

English Language Requirements

TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test : 77

To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

take an IELTS test. More About IELTS


We do not use specific minimums for scores or grades in the decision process, but weigh all factors together to gain a whole view of you and your potential for success as a Suffolk University student:

  • Level and range of high school courses selected
  • Grades achieved (official high school transcript with senior year grades)
  • SAT or ACT scores (our code is 3771)
  • Recommendations (two required; one from a guidance counselor, one from a teacher)
  • The essay
  • Other required forms
  • Admission interview (optional)
  • Transfer students should view the transfer requirements page for more details.

In high school, you should have completed:

  • Four units of English
  • Three units of mathematics (algebra I and II and geometry)
  • Two units of science (at least one with a lab)
  • Two units of language
  • One unit of American history
  • Four units distributed among other college preparatory electives

We may also consider other factors in the review process, such as:

  • Class rank
  • Honors courses
  • AP courses

We are also very interested in personal qualities that will offer us further insights into you as an applicant, including:

  • Admission interview
  • Extracurricular involvement
  • Community service
  • Special interests

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

Related Scholarships*

  • Academic Excellence Scholarship

    "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

  • Alumni Study Travel Fund

    Scholarships for students who are already attending the University of Reading.

  • Amsterdam Merit Scholarships

    The University of Amsterdam aims to attract the world’s brightest students to its international classrooms. Outstanding students from outside the European Economic Area can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship.

* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than Suffolk University.

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