About the School | School of Journalism | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Mass Communication and Media Arts

become the storyteller of tomorrow


The School of Journalism at SIUC occupies a national leadership role in mass communication education with a comprehensive program combining a broad knowledge of the liberal arts with a detailed understanding of the practice of journalism in modern society.

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After completing the University's liberal arts core, undergraduate students learn of the integral connections between the various components of today's mass media in the college-wide courses. They are then taught the specific skills necessary to become professional in advertising/integrated marketing communications, digital communications, new media production, news-editorial, photojournalism, or other communications fields.

Students are further encouraged to develop in-depth knowledge by completing the requirements of a structured minor in a subject outside the College.

The curriculum prepares students for positions of responsibility in advertising and related marketing communications fields, news-editorial journalism, photojournalism, or other fields in which the ability to communicate to a mass audience is essential.

The School of Journalism prepares graduate students for study in mass communication, the social sciences, and the law.

The School also supports faculty growth and development through research and creative activities because quality teaching cannot be achieved without growth in the general body of knowledge.

Finally, the School supports the ideal of service to the School, College, University, professional societies and community as part of its mission.

Jobs in Journalism

A Journalism degree provides you with practical communication abilities. These skills are needed in all the jobs or professions you might seek – whether you seek jobs in news orwork on news as part of a job.

SIU SoJ grads work not only at newspapers and media outlets across the nation, but also as executives in advertising companies and dot-coms. SoJ exists in a creative college in which all students are expected to think creatively. Our graduates have the ability to identify and solve problems, along with well-developed critical and practical skills.

As a result, our grads find employment in a wide range of professions in a variety of media and arts:


  • Graphic Designer
  • Journalist (reporter, editor)
  • Commercial Photographer
  • Digital Imaging Specialist
  • Photojournalist
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Television / News Media Director
  • Videographer
  • Documentary / Television Editor
  • Animator
  • Interactive Designer
  • Production Manager
  • Multimedia programmer
  • Web Publisher / Producer
  • Social media manager / producer
  • Web designer / developer
  • Printer
  • Design consultant
  • Manager / Administrator
  • Non-Profit Administrator
  • Scholar
  • Teacher