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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:
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)