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SCSU Journalism

Photo: Lynandro Simmons accepts the Robin Marshall Glassman Outstanding Journalist Award from Journalism Department Chair Cindy Simoneau during the Honors Convocation in April 2018. Click on the photo to see a gallery from other department events, and see more department awards here 

2018-19 news: The Journalism Department is part of a new Interdisciplinary Minor in Public Relations. Find out more here.

Dr. James Simon has been named the Journalism Department Scholar in Residence for 2018-19. Read the full press release here. 

The SCSU Journalism Department offers an array of courses taught by full-time faculty who are veteran journalists, as well as part-time faculty currently working in the field.

Students may apply to the Journalism Department for acceptance as majors as freshmen or at any point throughout their academic career. Those who apply after beginning their classes at Southern must have a 2.0 minimum GPA. 

Journalism majors begin the sequence of writing courses needed to fulfill their graduation requirements by taking JRN 200 - Basics of Journalism. This usually happens after the student has completed the prerequisite for the course, ENG 112.

Students start their technology courses with JRN 135 - Digital Media Skills, which introduces them to the various tools and skills needed to work in new media, broadcast and photography.

Students can get an introduction to the broad topic of journalism and the First Amendment by taking JRN 101 -The Media: Freedom & Power. JRN 101 and JRN 135 are requirements for Journalism majors, and options for non-majors in the Liberal Education Program. 

We offer Bachelor of Arts, and Bachelor of Science degrees.  Either degree provides the liberal arts background necessary for careers in news media and allied fields, such as business and public service, and for  law school or other related graduate programs. Students receive an education using up-to-date technological software and equipment. Both programs require students to select a cognate to focus on a second area of study for four courses, three of them at the 300-level or higher.

We also encourage students to participate in a variety of student media organizations, including the student newspaper, magazine, television station and radio station.

The department also awards annual scholarships to students.

To see recent projects from faculty and students in the Journalism Department, visit

Contact Us:

Journalism Department
Southern Connecticut State University
Main Office: Morrill Hall 202
501 Crescent Street
New Haven, CT 06515
Phone: (203) 392-5800
Fax: (203) 392-5809


Cindy Simoneau, Associate Professor of Journalism
Phone: (203) 392-5791