A woman speaks to a lecture hall audience. The screen behind her has a slide with the words 'Breaking News.'
Oberlin has a long tradition of bringing accomplished journalists to campus. This journalism symposium hosted by the Oberlin Review included a keynote address by Dodai Stewart, currently a deputy editor at the New York Times and formerly the Pop & Culture director at Fusion and a founding editor of Jezebel. Photo credit: Jeong Hyun Hwang
Program Overview


Program Type: Integrative Concentration
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Department: Rhetoric and Composition

Oberlin has long produced outstanding journalists, defined broadly as individuals who communicate in a variety of nonfiction genres about current matters, including newspaper, magazine, and online reporting; writing and editing creative nonfiction and nonfiction books; radio production and podcasting; and documentary filmmaking.

Classroom discussion
Photo credit: Tanya Rosen-Jones

Curriculum and Requirements

The journalism concentration is “integrative” in that it seeks to combine coursework with co-curricular and extracurricular work, including internships and other forms of applied learning. Its design will allow students to combine it with a major from any related field of study.

A woman gives a presentation in front of a large screen showing a map of the world's continents.
Investigative reporter and science journalist Sonia Shah ’90 Photo credit: Yevhen Gulenko

Obies in Journalism

Print, broadcast, digital, writing, editing, production, news, sciences, arts, politics, business…anywhere you look in journalism, there’s a good chance an Obie has made a mark.

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Sample Courses

  • Journalism Basics RHET 120
  • Introduction to Music Criticism PROF 170
  • Practicing Music Journalism PROF 171
  • Literary Journalism RHET 207

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