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Because of the variety of vocations in the field of journalism, the college offers students a broad base of knowledge and skills fundamental of all forms of journalism. The department of Communication offers courses in media production and print media; the department of English offers several writing courses of interest to prospective journalists. Broad study in the social sciences is highly recommended. The chairperson of the department of Communication or the department of English can provide additional advice.

A number of positions on the campus newspaper, literary review, yearbook, radio station, or local cable television station provide practical experience in such aspects of journalism as editorial work, news reporting, proofreading, sports-casting, advertising, radio script writing, and layout. In addition, internships through the department of Communication or the department of English are encouraged; credit is awarded for these internships.