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College of Liberal Arts

Department Chair: William A. Babcock

Office: Social Sciences and Public Affairs (SS/PA) Room 024
Telephone: (562) 985-4981

Faculty: William A. Babcock, Christopher Burnett, Mathew Cabot, Jennifer Fleming, Heloiza Herscovitz, Christopher Karadjov, William A. Mulligan, Emma Daugherty Phillingane, Raul Reis, Carla Yarbrough

Career Possibilities

Journalist • Copy Writer • Editor • Public Relations Practitioner • Proofreader • Technical Writer • Freelance Writer • Reporter • Newscaster • Critic • Sports Writer • Photojournalist • Radio/TV Scriptwriter • Sales Representative • Marketing Researcher • Educator • Fund Raiser (Some of these, and other careers, require additional education or experience. For more information, see www.careers.csulb.edu.) Various entry-level trainee positions in business and industry are available for graduates regardless of academic discipline.


The Department of Journalism offers undergraduate curricula in journalism and public relations. The
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism is intended to educate for beginning competency and continued professional growth and achievement.

The Department of Journalism’s curriculum embraces the current best practices in journalism education, including media convergence and the ability of advisers and students to craft meaningful, individualized programs. The departmental program is offered in a context of a broad liberal education that emphasizes liberal arts and sciences. These traditional areas remain the solid basis of professional education in journalism and mass communication here and elsewhere. The Department of Journalism is an institutional member of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Courses in the department prepare students to be newspaper or magazine writers, reporters and editors; photojournalists; internet, radio or television reporters and editors; and public relations practitioners in corporate, agency and public sectors of the economy.

Students should get in touch with the Department of Journalism office for referral to an appropriate faculty adviser for developing a study plan.

The Department of Journalism houses the campus newspaper, the Daily Forty-Niner, which serves a campus community of more than 33,000 students, the university faculty and staff and other constituencies. Also housed in the Department of Journalism are Dig magazine, Online Forty-Niner, Dig Online, and Summer Forty-Niner.
Broadcast journalism students work at radio outlets when opportunities present themselves. They also work with Advanced Media Productions to produce a weekly cable television program. Advanced students are strongly encouraged to participate in the Department of Journalism’s internship program. Within the limits of its resources, the department helps graduating seniors and alumni find professional positions.