Special Programs

Special Programs


Journalism majors, once they have completed initial required courses, have the opportunity to branch out and specialize. Majors can take an elective skills course in documentary filmmaking, for instance, and they can also take similar courses in the Film Media Department. These courses provide hands-on experience in all aspects of filmmaking including live shoots, important preparatory research and production skills.

Majors also qualify to engage in internships at local, national and international venues in print, online and broadcast journalism. Students have done internships in news, sports, the arts and other reporting topics at newspapers, magazines, radio and TV stations in Rhode Island and throughout the region including Boston. Some of our students have done internships in foreign countries as part of the university’s Study Abroad program.

Whether they are interested in taking additional credits above the required 30 in the major or simply choosing to complete their tenth course, students can enroll in Special Topics courses in all sorts of subjects and can also complete coursework in an Independent Study class supervised by a faculty member. The Special Topics courses range in subject matter from politics to sports, and students have completed Independent Study projects in which they created their own news website or publication.