Program Overview

New technology has changed communication, creating new opportunities to create connection with audiences with the availability of new media. In addition to written communication of the internet, the few years have seen unprecedented growth in the ability for users to create video and interactive media for relatively free compared to a traditional media company, while simultaneously gaining access to a global audience and marketplace for their material. As part of the change, traditional communication, media, and journalism sources are adapting to fit the new normal for communications and media in the 21st century. 

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College offers a Bachelor in Journalism and Media Studies for students interested in communicating relevant issues and ideas through a variety of mediums. The program is based on traditional courses in mass communication along with courses reflecting the dynamic and technological communications changes occurring in media, communication, and journalism. Students will develop their ability to report, write, design, and edit publications in print, radio, and internet as well as interactive media. Students will study photography, film and public relations as they all pertain to journalism. Through this program, students will be prepared for careers in a variety of media fields, including newspapers, magazines, book publishing and digital media communications. 

As part of the program, students will study classes in digital imaging, digital illustration&  design, visual communication & problem solving, web design, media reporting, mass media, editing, advanced reporting, history of media & current trends, digital video & audio production, social issues in media, photography, narrative journalism, public relations, communication law & ethics, investigative reporting, journalism studio, and an internship in journalism and media.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is a Roman Catholic, 4-year, liberal arts women’s college located in Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. The school was founded in 1840 and was associated with the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. In 1841, an academy for women was established by Saint Mother Theodore Guerin who was canonized in 2006 by Pope Benedict XVI. SMWC is the oldest Catholic women’s college in the nation. The school was actually the first women’s college to offer journalism courses and degree work for secondary education.

    At present, SMWC offers associate, bachelor, and graduate degrees in over 30 majors on-campus and online.


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