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Bachelor of Science in Journalism

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A degree in journalism or advertising lends itself to careers in a plethora of areas. Whether your focus is on writing, editing, photography, branding or some combination of skills, everything is within reach at SIU.

The skill set of our faculty allows for a unique experience no matter your major. Leaders in their industry, the faculty here will help pave a path to success for each dedicated student. Our graduates make lifelong connections with these respected professionals.

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Program Requirements

The academic requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in journalism include: (1) six hours of journalism: JRNL 160 and JRNL 202 and (2) 33 hours in journalism specialization coursework. Students will also complete a minor in an area approved by the School of Journalism and Advertising.

A major must complete a minimum of 72 semester hours outside of journalism and mass communication related courses. The student, with the assistance of the journalism academic advisor, should exercise care in course selection to assure that these requirements are met.


Choose your beat. Pick from one of our unique specializations to fit your individual interests.

  • Advertising
  • Journalism and Mass Communications
  • News-Editorial
  • Photojournalism
  • Sports Media

Online Degree Program

Our online program will train you in journalism standards and mass media and communication writing. Our online courses are taught by the same full-time faculty as our on-campus classes, adding value to convenience.


A total of 15 hours of journalism courses at the 300 level or higher, at least one of which must be a writing course (JRNL 302 or JRNL 310), constitutes a minor for nonjournalism majors. Journalism minors can emphasize any of our specializations.

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SIU student advertising team places second in national competition

A team considered an underdog at the National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC), Southern Illinois University Carbondale advertising lab has proved to the American Advertising Federation and the other universities that it can consistently display award-winning work.

"The mission of AdLab is to give students a deep understanding of how the industry works by giving them real experience. You can’t get a job in advertising without a substantial portfolio." -Bridget Lescelius

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Experience media outside of the classroom with our hands-on learning opportunities.

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Broadcast journalists find themselves immersed in unique hands-on opportunities, including with the award-winning, student-produced 26:46 and interactions with WSIU.


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The Daily Egyptian is an award-winning newspaper and website. Students work in paid positions and maintain full editorial control. It’s the perfect place to hone the skills needed to work in a modern newsroom, including experiences with print and digital media, photojournalism and design.

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Students have access to the Saluki AdLab, which relates to a wide array of degrees. This full-service, student-run advertising agency adds value to any Saluki experience.


Communication and Media students are eligible for a variety of scholarship opportunities through the University, as well as degree specific scholarships available specifically for communication and media students.

Each year, the School of Journalism and Advertising offers $25,000-$50,000 in scholarships for Journalism majors.

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Get Involved

There are many opportunities for journalism students to become involved in group activities that are educational, career-enhancing, and fun! Check out our student-led groups and programs, or get involved in other aspects of campus life by joining any of our registered student organizations, greek life, and participating in longstanding campus traditions.

Living Learning Communities offer students the chance to live with others who share similar majors or interests. Living in the LLC helps journalism students better connect with extracurricular activities and involvement opportunities within the college.

Weekend Workshops

The South of 64 Weekend Workshops allow students to be mentored by professional photojournalists several of whom are Pulitzer Prize winners. This initiative has been instrumental for the Carnegie Foundations Community Engagement Classification.

 Documenting Southern Illinois is a project where students to spend a full year documenting a town in Southern Illinois. They can choose whatever medium (photo, video, print, articles) to create a portfolio. Most recently, our school has been working with the town of Vienna. 

Mea Roedell is the third SIU student to be selected for the highly competitive Vance and Betty Lee Stickell Internship Program.

From novice to standout: Follow Mea Roedell's inspiring journey at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where she catapults her advertising career to new heights. Selected for the prestigious 2024 Vance and Betty Lee Stickell Student Internship Program, Roedell joins an elite group of students, marking a pivotal moment in her burgeoning career. Read the Full Story


Whether in the classroom or utilizing equipment, you will be able to take full advantage of your talent as you hone your skills. You will be able to utilize state-of-the-art equipment and facilities is a requirement in today’s tech-savvy society. Our facilities include computer labs, audio facilities and soundstages.

Journalism students have unique access to the River Radio Evening Edition newsroom, WSIU Radio Newsroom, and the Daily Egyptian newsroom. Journalism students access to New Media Center, and have four of their own 20-station computer labs.

Our Equipment Checkout Facility has everything you need to complete your class assignments and projects.


Our graduates find employment in a wide range of professions in a variety of media and arts, including:

  • News reporter or editor
  • Online journalist
  • Web content producer
  • Advertising copywriter
  • Grant writer
  • News service writer
  • Newsletter writer/editor
  • Public relations specialist
  • Publications specialist
  • Sports information director
  • Sports technical writer
  • Book editor
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Contact Information

Jan Thompson,
Progam Director

1050J Comm Building
1100 Lincoln Dr.
Carbondale, IL 62901
Ph: 618-453-2254

Naomi Arseneau,

1121G Comm Building
1100 Lincoln Dr
Carbondale, IL 62901
Phone: 618-453-6281