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The School of Communication offers a journalism degree that will prepare you to work in a variety of formats.

As a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism major — formerly Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Journalism — you're in for some intense classes in writing, editing, multimedia, video production, newsgathering and reporting, among other electives to further your program of study. 

Beginning day one, you have access to our state-of-the-art facilities and the opportunity to join any of the student-run media/organizations.

The environmental journalism program — made possible through a grant from The Heinz Endowments — provides the core foundation of journalism and environmental science training and hands-on experience via a partnership with the School of Communication and Department of Natural Sciences and Engineering Technology.

Point Park University-Produced Film Premiers on WQED

Pennsylvania’s endangered watersheds are the focus of Downstream, a half-hour documentary produced by Point Park University's School of Communication environmental journalism program, in association with WQED Multimedia, and made possible through a grant from the Heinz Endowments.

Students Produce Film About Superfund Site on Upper Clark Fork River

Point Park University students journeyed to Missoula, Mont., last May to document an ongoing clean-up of the Upper Clark Fork River, the largest Superfund site clean-up in the United States.

The result of that effort is a 17-minute documentary entitled Superfund: Tailing History. Tailing refers to residue or waste materials left over after separating valuable ore, such as copper, from rock.

Read the story: Students Produce Film About Superfund Site on Upper Clark Fork River

Course Offerings

Students in the  journalism program will thrive in a supportive environment of challenging courses, experienced faculty and small class sizes. Courses include:

  • Data Journalism & Representation
  • Case Studies in Environmental Science
  • General Chemistry I
  • Graphic Design I
  • Photography for Non-Majors
  • Environmental Science
  • General Biology II
  • Ecology

Faculty bring industry experience to the classroom

School of Communication faculty members are proven professionals with connections to top media and communication organizations.

Meet the faculty
Pictured is Chris Rolinson.
  • Coordinator, environmental journalism program
  • Teaches photojournalism and environmental journalism classes
  • Worked professionally as a photojournalist at the Herald-Star, Steubenville, Ohio

Careers in Journalism

Graduates will be equipped with the core skills essential to any career in journalism - television, radio, print, web, etc. - and prepared to handle the environmental beat or any other beat upon graduation.

Check out a collection of our students' work in the environmental report.

Access to Pittsburgh Media Outlets

Students will have access to some of the region's leading media outlets in Pittsburgh that provide opportunities for internships, networking and real-world experience, some of which include: