Emerson Journalism curriculum


The 2017-18 academic year marks the beginning of a learner-centered undergraduate curriculum that moves Journalism students from Essentials to Capstone with increasing rigor, depth, complexity and use of multimedia.

Courses are divided into curricular tiers and each tier has Student Learning Outcomes that will be assessed to make sure the program delivers its promised Student Learning Goals by graduation. These goals connect to four learning principles that infuse journalism education at Emerson: 1.Discover 2.Adapt 3. Illuminate 4. Respect

Our Programmatic Student Learning Goals will develop graduates who can:

    • Apply knowledge of the ways of government and communities to produce journalism that examines culture and concerns in a democratic society.
    • Cultivate and utilize a diversity of people, information, and perspectives to provide insight into the journalism about communities and institutions.
    • Incorporate best practices and values of the profession to produce journalism that is independent, truthful, representative, accountable and respectful of people as subjects and as audience.
    • Apply a variety of media to reporting and producing journalism that best serves the story and the audience.
    • Write accurate and precise news stories synthesizing information using the most effective formats, style and language.

These goals are reflected in the SLOs of each curricular tier.

This site should be used by new, returning and veteran faculty to coordinate and collaborate courses and course syllabi to adhere to these curriculum goals/outcomes. However, parents, students and prospective students interested in understanding our program offerings are welcome to explore this online curriculum presentation.

This site will provide a page of information and links for each curricular tier. Faculty will have access to a folder for each course in that tier. By coordinating and connecting with our programmatic and curricular tier goals, faculty will be able to develop strong and adaptable journalism practitioners wherever they may work.


The 2016-17 academic year ushered in a hybrid master's degree program in journalism that mixes online and on-campus graduate education. A 40-credit (10-course) master's degree in journalism begins with a Summer/early July semester of two online courses followed by two on-campus semesters of three courses each and then a full Summer (mid-May to mid-August) of two online courses: Cross-media Capstone and usually an Internship.

Our Master's Degree Programmatic Student Learning Goals (SLOs) will produce graduates who :

  • develop a commitment to journalism that serves and empowers the public, helping audiences understand the connections among local, national and global issues.
  • understand the role of journalism in a democratic society from its historical foundations to the revolutionary changes in the media today.
  • find, assess and analyze information.
  • tell stories with precision, clarity and fairness.
  • become fluent in a variety of technologies used in journalism.
  • interact respectfully with a variety of communities that are diverse in their racial, cultural, linguistic and economic makeup.