Journalism at BHSU


Discover your creativity

Mass Communication students will explore visual-design, photographic image-making, written, broadcast and web-based multi-media processes using the most advanced computer-software, technologies and equipment in upgraded facilities. Students enjoy a high level of career placement upon graduation due to the high demand for knowledgeable and highly skilled professionals in the viable and growing Mass Communication job market.

  • GAIN REAL-LIFE EXPERIENCES by taking up an internship.
  • JOIN A CAMPUS ORGANIZATION: Campus organizations help majors and minors get extracurricular experience in their fields of study and network with other students.
  • GET A CERTIFICATE in journalism, photography, or social media.
  • A MINOR/EMPHASIS IS REQUIRED: Minor in integrated media, sports media, public relations, science communication, photography, or graphic communication.

Community Program

The Mass Communication program and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) are conducting an innovative social media project, designed to connect college students with area senior volunteers. The communication between the groups focuses on oral history and planning integrated activities within the community.

Journalism Course Requirements

*Current students, please refer to the DegreeWorks Dashboard in MyBHSU to confirm your major requirements.

Course Requirements
  • MCOM 161 - Graphic Communication
  • MCOM 210 - Basic Newswriting
  • MCOM 266 - Photojournalism
  • MCOM 317 - Multimedia Reporting
  • MCOM 430 - Media Law

Take one of the following:

  • MCOM 320 - Freelance Writing
  • MCOM 328 - Advertising Media Communications
  • MCOM 468 - Integrated News Lab I
  • MCOM 485 - Science Writing

For teaching minor add:

  • SEED 424 - 7-12 Language Arts Methods

Get a Certificate in Journalism

Are you looking to update your knowledge of journalism or expand your current job skills with subject matter related to journalism, but do not wish to enter a degree program? BHSU offers a certificate in journalism.

This certificate is great for high school teachers to expand their skills and knowledge base or be brought up to date of journalism. Journalists can stay up to date and learn the latest techniques.

Course Requirements

  • MCOM 210 Basic Newswriting
  • MCOM 317: Multimedia Reporting
  • MCOM 430 Media Law

Choose one of the following:

  • MCOM 330 Writing forDigital Media
  • MCOM 331 Video Production
  • MCOM 351 Web Design



Employment opportunities include:
» Photojournalist
» Portrait/Wedding Photographer
» PR Agent
» Reporter
» Speech Writer
» Science Outreach Specialist
» Social Media Content Photographer
» Studio Product Photographer
» Radio Announcer
» Web Designer
» Advertisement
» Audio/Video Specialist
» Broadcaster
» Commercial Photographer
» Creative/Art Designer
» Drone Photographer
» Filmmaker
» Fine Art Photographer
» Graphic Designer
» International PR Specialist
» Journalist
» Logo Designer
» Multimedia Specialist
» News Editor/Writer

Get Involved on Campus

Jacket Journal & BHSU

Open to all BHSU students, the Jacket Journal newspaper is an award-winning campus organization. Several 400-level labs and the Jacket Journal staff produce a hard-copy newspaper as well as the student campus media online website Editorial, production, photography, and advertising staff positions are available each semester.
Contact to learn more.

The Buzz FM

Bringing the best and only alternative to Spearfish, S.D. The Buzz is the university’s student run radio station. Students from any background or major are welcome.
Contact to learn more or tune in to 89.1 & 90.7 FM to listen.


Students experience television broadcasting by servicing the campus with informational and entertaining programs.
Contact to learn more.

Public Relations Club

BHSU Public Relations club is a professional development group for students focused on career enhancement, community involvement, conferencing, competition, and networking for internships and careers across the country. The group has regional and national affiliations that provide many opportunities for students to network with professional organizations, such as Public Relations Society of America.
Contact to learn more.


Whether students are photography majors or simply someone who enjoys photography as a hobby, this organization is open to all. Get involved in regional or national trips, fundraisers, and small adventures for photographers at every level. Shutterbuzz is a student-run organization that brings photographers together.
Contact to learn more.


Develop valuable personal relationships in a small community with amazing faculty and staff while thriving in the outdoors of the Black Hills.