Majors & Minors

  • Storytelling in the digital age

  • They write. They edit. They do social media and work for high tech new services as well as newspapers. They plan events and advertising campaigns and analyze the effectiveness of media buys. They also work in social media, graphic design and even computer programming.

    They are Creighton Journalism students and alums getting innovative jobs in the rapidly changing fields this major offers: News, Public Relations and Advertising.Creighton Journalism is both innovative and proudly traditional. Students in all three tracks master rigorous traditional writing classes and receive one-on-one guidance from faculty members with years of professional experience.

    They are grounded in American media tradition and ethics but are comfortable functioning in high tech communications settings of all type. This combination makes Creighton Journalism majors attractive to employers of all types.

    The Department of JMC embraces the changes in News, PR and Advertising because they are opening new opportunities to our well-prepared students.

    • Department Core Courses

    • CSC 121 Computers and Scientific Thinking
    • JRM 215 Information Concepts & Practices
    • JRM 219 Media Writing
    • GDE 324 Digital Foundations & Websites
    • GDE 599 Senior Capstone
    • JRM Major Common Core

    • JRM 335 History of American Mass Communication
    • JRM 438 Media Ethics
    • JRM 529 Law of Mass Communication
  • News

  • Whether you get your news through a traditional paper, local TV or a smart phone someone has to cover the story and write it. The reporters of today and tomorrow also have to shoot their own video and post content online so JM&C’s required courses in computer programming, video and computer graphics give our students and graduates an advantage in finding jobs.

    News majors work on our award winning weekly student newspaper the Creightonian that also offers spot coverage of campus news in the Creightonian Online. Freshmen can volunteer as soon as they arrive on campus.

    Our strong internship program offers students real world experience at newspapers, magazines and TV stations so they can start their careers with considerable experience. They can write, shoot and edit a documentary depicting the lives of marginalized people in remote areas such as Uganda and the Alaskan tundra.

    • News Track Courses

    • JRM 327 Social Media
    • JRM 331 Editing
    • GDE 380 Graphic Design I
    • JRM 477 Advanced News Production
    • GDE 370 Video and Photojournalism or GDE 374 Digital Video
    • One of the following
    • JRM 321 Advanced Reporting
    • JRM 322 Feature Writing
    • JRM 326 Sports Writing
    • Total Credits: 41
  • Public Relations

  • If you are going to succeed in today’s PR world, you’d better master pitching stories through Twitter as well as writing news releases and using computer analytics to determine who your promotional messages have reached.

    JMC’s digital curriculum combined with strong traditional writing instruction and hands-on courses opens doors to a wide range of PR careers including corporate and nonprofit communications, event planning, social media, media relations, fundraising and employee communications. PR also is an excellent pre-law major because it emphasizes writing and advocacy.

    PR majors have numerous internship opportunities, most of them paid. They range from the arts to athletics because ALL fields need to promote themselves. The Public Relations Student Society of American (PRSSA) connects them with professionals in Omaha and elsewhere. PR appeals to many students because it is so flexible and opens such diverse career opportunities. The Public Relations Student Society of America Chapter on campus provides additional experience and links to professionals.

    • PR Track Courses

    • JRM 315 PR/Adv Principles
    • JRM 327 Social Media
    • JRM 331 Editing
    • JRM 341 PR Writing
    • JRM 440 Media Research
    • GDE 370 Video and Photojournalism or GDE 374 Digital Video
    • Total Credits: 41
  • Advertising

  • The key to succeeding in today’s highly competitive advertising world is a combination of expertise in writing, strategy, social media, graphics and mastery of computer analytics. JM&C’s Advertising track offers students all of the above plus experience in developing advertising campaigns for local nonprofits. Through internships, students build their portfolios and learn to think like entrepreneurs. The Creightonian offers advertising sales and managerial experience to its advertising staff.

    • Advertising Track Courses

    • JRM 315 PR/Adv Principles
    • JRM 327 Social Media
    • JRM 347 Advertising Campaigns
    • JRM 433 Advertising Writing
    • JRM 440 Media Research
    • GDE 380 Graphic Design I
    • Total Credits: 41
  • Journalism Minor

  • Journalism prepares students for professional careers and/or graduate study in a wide range of mass media fields including news (print and online), public relations and advertising. Courses emphasize the development of strong writing, critical thinking and persuasion skills. as well as ethical communication. Journalism minors will focus on gaining competence in one of the tracks of the Journalism major: News, Public Relations or Advertising. Courses in various forms of professional writing include media writing, advertising writing, public relations writing and editing.

    • Journalism Minor Courses

    • JRM 219 Media Writing
    • JRM 438 Information Ethics
    • Select 4 JRM 300-level or above courses
    • Total Credits: 18
  • We make this look good

  • The world of design continually expands and Creighton’s Graphic Design & Media major reflects these changes. It prepares students for the future with instruction in 3D design, motion graphics, and making documentaries as well traditional skills like graphic design and illustration, video and photojournalism.

    Advanced courses such as interactive design, web design, and animation allow students to offer employers specialized skills. They can build their photo and video skills by working for our award-winning student newspaper, The Creightonian, and The Creightonian Online. Students also gain vaulable experience by doing internships for a wide range of employers including businesses, nonprofits, news organizations, and PR and advertising agencies.

    • Department Core Courses

    • CSC 121 Computers and Scientific Thinking
    • JRM 215 Information Concepts & Practices
    • JRM 219 Media Writing
    • GDE 324 Digital Foundations & Websites
    • GDE 599 Senior Capstone
    • GDE Major Common Core

    • GDE 370 Video and Photo
    • GDE 380 Graphic Design
    • GDE 382 Web Design
    • GDE 410 Motion Graphics
  • Graphic Design

  • The Graphic Design & Media Major consists of 41 hours with tracks in Graphic Design and Multi-Media & Photojournalism. Like all three majors in the Department of JMC, these majors consist of three components: the JMC Department Core, the GDE Core and Track requirements. Many of the GDE major requirements overlap with those of the Journalism and Computer Science majors, making it easy to complete more than one track within GDE or another major within the JMC Department.

    • GD Track Courses

    • GDE 300 Concept Sketch Development
    • GDE 381 Graphic Design II
    • GDE 385 Computer Illustration or GDE 425 3D Digital Design
    • GDE 335 History of American Mass Media or GDE 590 Special Topics
    • GDE 423 Interaction Design
    • Total Credits: 41
  • Multimedia & Photojournalism

    • Multimedia & Photojournalism Track

    • GDE 374 Digital Video
    • GDE 375 Photojournalism I
    • GDE 376 Photojournalism II or GDE 425 3D Digital Design
    • GDE 474 Mini-Documentary Filmmaking or GDE 423 Interaction Design
    • One of the following:
    • GDE 377 Photojournalism III
    • GDE 300 Concept Sketch Development
    • GDE 590 Special Topics
    • Total Credits: 41
  • Graphic Design & Media Minor

  • The Graphic Design program aims to create a well-rounded education in print, web design, interaction and user experience design, video and still photography, typography, motion graphics and animation. A minor in Graphic Design will provide a strong foundation in the design and media fields to prepare graduates for a solid understanding of the concepts and practices in the field.

    • Graphic Design & Media Minor Courses

    • GDE 324 Digital Web Foundations
    • GDE 370 Video and Photo
    • Select 4 GDE 300-level or above courses
    • Total Credits: 18
  • Computer Science & Informatics

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  • We're all about information

  • In an increasingly high-tech world, graduates with knowledge and skills in computing and information technology are always in demand. Computing careers such as software engineer, Web designer, game developer, systems analyst, database manager, and network administrator can be challenging, dynamic, rewarding, and lucrative. The Computer Science & Informatics major provides practical knowledge and skills for the information technology jobs of today, while also building the critical reasoning and communication skills necessary for a career in which learning and adapting to new technologies are essential. A variety of internship opportunities are available, as well as student research experiences for majors pursuing graduate studies.

    • Department Core Courses

    • CSC 121 Computers and Scientific Thinking
    • JRM 215 Information Concepts & Practices
    • JRM 219 Media Writing
    • GDE 324 Digital Foundations & Websites
    • CSC 599 Senior Capstone
    • CS Major Common Core

    • CSC 221 Introduction to Programming
    • CSC 222 Object-Oriented Programming
    • CSC 599 Senior Capstone
  • Computer Science

  • The Computer Science track focuses on core concepts in computer science and prepares students for numerous career paths in the computing and information technology sectors, as well as further graduate studies if desired. After the foundation of introductory programming courses, students obtain breadth and depth in programming, algorithm design and analysis, software engineering, and basic hardware systems. Upper-level electives, which may include independent studies and internships, allow for specialization based on the student's interests or career aspirations. All students are required to complete a Senior Capstone that includes a team project demonstrating their mastery of computing concepts and skills.

    • CS Track

    • CSC 221 Introduction to Programming
    • CSC 222 Object-Oriented Programming
    • CSC 321 Data Structures
    • CSC 414 Computer Organization
    • CSC 421 Algorithm Design & Analysis
    • CSC 533 Programming Languages
    • CSC 548 Software Engineering
    • CSC XXX Upper-level Elective – 400 level or above
    • CSC XXX Upper-level Elective – 400 level or above
    • Total 41 hours

      *Note: A maximum of 3 credits of CSC 493, 495, 497 and 499 may be applied to the major.

  • Digital Development

  • The Digital Development track combines foundational computing concepts with their application to 21st century platforms (e.g., Web, mobile). It prepares students for the growing number of careers that bridge computer science, multimedia design, and Web development. After the foundation of introductory programming courses, students learn to apply their programming skills to Web and mobile platforms, and also develop the design and multimedia skills to create and maintain professional interfaces and Web sites. All students are required to complete a Senior Capstone that includes a team project demonstrating their mastery of computing and design concepts and skills.

  • Digital Development Track

  • CSC 221 Introduction to Programming
  • CSC 222 Object-Oriented Programming
  • CSC 551 Web Programming
  • CSC 581 Mobile App Development
  • CSC XXX Elective – 300-level or above
  • GDE 382 Web Design
  • GDE 380 Graphic Design
  • GDE 423 Interaction Design
  • One of the following:
  • JRM 327 Social Media or JRM 438 Information Ethics
  • Total 41 hours
  • Computer Science Minor

  • The Computer Science minor offers students the opportunity to study computation including the design and analysis of algorithms (step-by-step sequences of instructions for carrying out some task), the formalization of algorithms as programs, and the development of computing devices for executing those programs. A minor in computer science will provide a strong foundation in computing that can complement other major fields and also prepare graduates for assessing the technology they use in everyday life.

    • Computer Science Minor Courses

    • CSC 221 Introduction to Programming
    • CSC 222 Object-Oriented Programming
    • Select 4 CSC 300-level or above courses
    • Total Credits: 18

      *Note CSC 493, CSC 495, and CSC 499 will not count toward the minor. CSC121 may be counted toward the minor at the discretion of the department.