At Pacific University, using media to tell compelling stories with images and words is the cornerstone of journalism. Students who major or minor in journalism develop a solid understanding of the ethics and roles of journalism in the United States, while also learning the tools to practice in a variety of media. The department encourages interdepartmental explorations in art, speech, photography, theatre, creative writing, and the social sciences.


  • Complete an intensive year-long, self-designed senior capstone project in area of emphasis
  • Work with student media outlets, including The Pacific Index student newspaper, the newspaper website,, and video productions with the Pacific University Media Arts student club (PUMA), which brings guest artists to campus, creates its own projects and hosts screenings
  • Use a digital media lab that includes graphic design, illustration, web design, digital audio and video production hardware and software
  • Study media production and studies with York St. John University in York, England


Journalism students study the theoretical, social, creative and technical aspects of media. Courses are designed to help students understand communication, expression and storytelling in society, to provide an understanding of the history, social and cultural roles of media; and to develop an aesthetic understanding of production and writing. Journalism students will take courses in media history and ethics, as well as in writing, production, digital media, and photography.

Journalism majors are expected to put their classroom learning into action through work on the student newspaper, The Pacific Index, or an internship with local media and communication outlets. Examples include KATU-TV in Portland, Portland independent filmmakers, a National Guard newspaper, and Voltage Pictures in Hollywood, producers of the academy award-winning film "The Hurt Locker." This broad-based approach allows graduates to gravitate to a variety of fields from television and newspapers to web design and marketing.


Journalism prepares students for a number of areas beyond traditional newspaper work. It is useful in disciplines that require ability to handle problems, conduct research, gather information from a variety of sources, work with people, collate and analyze that information and present it to an audience in a clear and concise manner. Our graduates are working print and broadcast journalists, public relations professionals, editors and writers, government officials, and graduate students in a variety of fields.

Department of Media Arts

The Department of Media Arts also offers programs in media artsfilm and video and integrated media, as well as minors in communicationcommunication design, and film studies.