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Majors & Minors

Why Major in Journalism?

Journalism is crucial to the public life of a democracy. At its best, journalism serves as a watchdog to government, offers a voice for the powerless at home and abroad, entertains and instructs the public, represents the views of varied constituencies, monitors and protects the environment and public resources, and provides a common memory for society.

The purpose of the journalism major is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to fulfill such roles. The program emphasizes research, writing, editing, and critical thinking and analysis. Students integrate online technology with legal and ethical thinking and a global perspective that will prepare them for numerous opportunities in and out of journalism. In the journalism major, students take courses in writing, editing, visual literacy, law and ethics, a professional internship, and varied courses in the relationship of the media with society.

By majoring in science and environmental writing, students learn to write about pure and applied scientific research, technology, engineering, the environment, and medicine and health. Student also learn how to write for a variety of audiences ranging from the general public to scientists and engineers in industry and government. The program offers experience in the science and environmental writing field research program. A minor in science and environmental writing is a valuable addition for students with majors in science or engineering.


An interdisciplinary minor in mass communication is offered for students interested in developing communication skills and a better understanding of how people share meaning through persuasive use of rhetoric, logic and symbols in public, one-to-one and small group communication.

Annie Wu Henry, Lehigh University Alumna

From Brown and White to Senatorial Campaign: Alumna Uses Social Media Journalism to Define Career

From interviewing, writing and managing social media for The Brown and White, Annie Wu Henry's talents flourished at Lehigh.

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