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Business & Financial Journalism (B.A.)

The business & financial journalism major, starting in fall 2016, is a cooperative program offered through the Department of Communication and the Arthur McGonigal Department of Business Administration and Accounting. This joint venture includes a variety of courses in journalism, media law, communication ethics, accounting, business management, marketing, economics and other topics.

The purpose of this 51-credit program is to prepare students for professional positions in print, broadcast, and/or online journalism reporting on a wide variety of business, financial, and economic news. This can include international news, such as export and import statistics, trade agreements, currency exchanges, multi-country or global economic growth and recessions, effects of international tax rates, worker immigration policies, intellectual property law, etc. Such news also includes national and regional news about unemployment, housing starts, business startups, domestic stock and bond markets, inflation rates, Federal Reserve Board policies, product/service research and development, tax rates, job training, government contracts with business, government regulation of business, management changes, corporate mergers and acquisitions, corporate earnings, profiles of corporations and/or individual executives, corporate bankruptcies, labor union strikes, corporate philanthropy, etc. Other such news could include local news about companies starting or ceasing, companies hiring/laying off/firing workers, management changes, company philanthropy, regulation and inspection of businesses, Chamber of Commerce activities, feature profiles of businesses and individual businesspeople, etc.

A student who graduates from Thiel College with a major in business & financial journalism will:

  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of communication’s role in society and in mass culture, the role and uses of mass communication, and the uses of a range of specialized communication in business & financial journalism.
  • Be aware of and understand the major legal and ethical issues that arise—both in a journalist’s work and in reporting on news—in business & financial journalism.
  • Understand the basic business management functions.
  • Understand that every business decision has financial, environmental and managerial costs and benefits.
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of work environments in, and ability to apply, at a level prepared for professional employment, the work requirements in business & financial journalism.

Major Requirements (51 CH)

  • COMM 220 Introduction to Journalism (3 CH)
  • COMM 280 Survey of Mass Communication (3 CH)
  • COMM 315 Advanced Journalism (3 CH)
  • COMM 325 Communication Ethics (3 CH)
  • COMM 350 Print Media Production (3 CH) or COMM 275 Special Topics (3 CH) [Business & Financial Journalism—when there are enough majors to offer this]
  • COMM 360 Co-Curricular Practicum I: The Thielensian (1 CH)
  • COMM 365 Co-Curricular Practicum II: TCTV (1 CH)
  • COMM 370 Co-Curricular Practicum III: WXTC (1 CH)
  • COMM 455 Media Law and Regulation (3 CH)
  • COMM 470 Senior Seminar (3 CH) [research paper on business/economics journalism]
  • COMM 480 Communication Internship (3 CH)
  • BADM 100 Introduction to Business (3 CH)
  • BADM 233 Managerial Accounting (3 CH)
  • BADM 364 Business Ethics (3 CH) or BADM 355 Business Law I (3 CH)
  • BADM 374 Principles of Management (3 CH)
  • BADM 454 Marketing (3 CH)
  • BADM 484 Human Resource Management (3 CH) or BADM 304 Principles of Investments (3 CH)
  • ECON 211 Macroeconomics (3 CH)
  • ECON 221 Microeconomics (3 CH)

Recommended: COMM 340 Public Relations, BADM 304 Principles of Investments (for students who take BADM 484 instead), BADM 324 Advertising, BADM 376 International Business, and BADM 484 Human Resource Management (for students who take BADM 304 instead)