Journalism & Public Relations

The Journalism and Public Relations major at BGSU trains the next generation of journalism and public relations professionals with the skills they need to be successful in this exciting and rapidly changing industry. We offer a mix of classroom instruction, practical, hands-on experience and connections to successful alumni and media organizations.

Our majors specialize in one of three sequences: broadcast journalism, multiplatform journalism or public relations. No matter the sequence, all students receive training to prepare them for the modern mobile and multimedia world. Kuhlin Center, our new home, allows students to practice their skills using some of the latest audio, video and multimedia technologies.

Our journalism program is nationally accredited by the ACEJMC, and because of our two-internship requirement, our graduates are guaranteed to have significant practical experience. Our program also boasts excellent graduation and retention rates. Students have many opportunities to learn journalism firsthand through our Falcon Media organizations.


On the Road

On the Road

Alumnus Steve Hartman finds the interesting and unusual in his weekly “On the Road” features for CBS. Read More

New Home, New Facilities

State-of-the-art Michael and Sara Kuhlin Center features cutting-edge technology. READ MORE

News and Stories

Rentner Book Challenges Readers to ‘Make the Call’

Rentner Book Challenges Readers to ‘Make the Call’

Instead of a sidebar to the news, today sport is news, according to Dr. Terry Rentner, a professor of journalism and public relations in Bowling Green State University’s School of Media and Communication. The sports world has become a microcosm of the issues facing society, from ethics to gender to health, race and social media. Read More

Journalism Student Brings New Organization to BGSU

Journalism Student Brings New Organization to BGSU

A new organization has made its way to Bowling Green State University (BGSU) thanks to Journalism and Public Relations major Jen Riess. Riess became passionate about the Child Rescue Coalition (CRC) because after watching a video of Blake Lively explaining the organization. Read More

Journalism Skills While Studying at Sea

Journalism Skills While Studying at Sea

Fourth-year Public Relations major Audra DeLaney is the first BGSU student to participate in the Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program. The program educates undergraduate students in a semester-long investigation on the sea with research and travel through the United States. While the program accepts applicants in all areas of study, DeLaney had no idea how much her communication skills would come in handy while studying the ocean. Read More

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, Journalism students in are expected to be able to:

  • Understand and apply the principles and laws of freedom of speech and press, including the right to dissent, to monitor and criticize power, and to assemble and petition for redress of grievances;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the history and role of professionals and institutions in shaping communications;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and, as appropriate, other forms of diversity in domestic society in relation to mass communications;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of diversity of peoples and cultures and of the significance and impact of mass communications in a global society;
  • Understand concepts and apply theories in the use and presentation of images and information;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of professional ethical principles and work ethically in pursuit of truth, accuracy, fairness, and diversity;
  • Think critically, creatively, and independently;
  • Conduct research and evaluate information by methods appropriate to the communications professions in which they work;
  • Write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the communications professions, audiences, and purposes they serve;
  • Critically evaluate their own work and that of others for accuracy and fairness, clarity, appropriate style, and grammatical correctness;
  • Apply basic numerical and statistical concepts;
  • Apply tools and technologies appropriate for the communications professions in which they work.

Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review
Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The Journalism program is accredited by Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC) and is in good standing.  

Professional Licensure (If applicable)
Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Journalism program does not lead to professional licensure.

Gainful Employment (If applicable)
Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The Journalism program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.


  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Multiplatform Journalism
  • Public Relations