Ours is a liberal arts journalism degree, meaning students receive excellent training in fundamentals of research, reporting, writing, strategy and presentation, along with strong social-scientific, humanistic and theoretical instruction, producing well-rounded professionals and citizens who work hard and learn fast.
Our curriculum’s near-equal mix of practice and theory, underpinned by our top research/graduate program, is unique among the top programs in our fields. It has given us a reputation as the brainy, academically high-powered program, where students learn not only how to practice, but what that practice means to society, culture, behavior, health, politics and all areas of civic life.
With a dazzling array of campus media opportunities, including the competing Daily Cardinal and Badger Herald student newspapers, WSUM student radio, no fewer than eight student-run magazines and journals funded by the Wisconsin Union Directorate and our school’s own award-winning student magazine Curb, our majors are not merely able to practice the skills they learn, they’re sought after outside of class. Internships are plentiful on our vibrant, research-rich campus and in and around the state Capitol blocks away. And our geographically diverse student population has carried our reputation far beyond the borders of Madison and Wisconsin, making our majors competitive for internships across the nation and the world.
We believe our school offers an unequaled blend of skills training, theoretical learning and real-world practice. As a result, our graduates leave as able practitioners, critical thinkers, seasoned problem solvers and innovators.