Santa Clara University


Journalism at Santa Clara

Journalism matters more today than ever before. As rapidly evolving technologies profoundly change the way people get information, journalists pursue stories around the world in new and creative ways. But the fundamentals of journalism — great writing, in-depth reporting, a strong ethical foundation, and the ability to think critically about the profession itself — remain essential to uncovering the truth and informing the public. That’s why the journalism program at Santa Clara University offers students in-depth courses in print, broadcast and digital media, as well as a comprehensive liberal arts education. Our goal: graduates who are both highly skilled journalists and thoughtful, responsible individuals.


Santa Clara offers a wide range of courses to help students develop the skills that will translate into jobs with newspapers, magazines, online media, and radio and television stations.

Journalism education at Santa Clara is integrated with the University’s Core, a rigorous liberal arts curriculum that all students complete. The Core seeks to create an environment that enables students to achieve intellectual excellence, live as responsible citizens, and create a more just and humane society.

In addition to the journalism-related courses, the Communication curriculum offers students a grounding in various research-oriented courses that can further inform their work: interpersonal theory, media and multicultural studies, and the impact of technology on communication.

Many students combine their journalism coursework with majors or minors in other disciplines such as political science, business or modern languages, adding another layer of expertise to their journalism education.

Journalism Courses

  • Introduction to Journalism
  • Advanced Journalism
  • Online Journalism
  • Television Journalism
  • Magazine Journalism
  • Multicultural Journalism
  • Special Topics in Journalism (Sportswriting, Environmental Journalism, Business Reporting)
  • Journalism Capstone
  • History and Theory of News
  • Politics and Journalism
  • Journalism Practica (various)

The Santa Clara Newspaper

Student Media

Santa Clara’s award-winning student media offer the chance to gain practical experience and develop leadership skills while collaborating with faculty, staff and other students on stories that affect the campus and the community. The Center for Student Leadership works closely with the staffers who run The Santa Clara newspaper, The Redwood yearbook, and KSCU 103.3, the university’s FM radio station, offering training in management skills, financial management, and ethical decision making.

The results have been impressive. In the last decade, The Santa Clara has earned three Pacemaker Awards — the top honor for college papers — and been named a finalist seven times. Individual students have won the Associated Collegiate Press Story of the Year contest three times, with four other students placing in the top three. Student journalists broadcasting at KSCU have earned the College Media Advisors Diversity Award for their coverage, and individual students have been honored by the Society for Professional Journalists and Collegiate Broadcasters, Inc.


The annual High School Journalism Competition honors exceptional work by high school journalists covering news, features and sports. The Winners for the 2011 Contest are as follows:

Maru Arellano, 1st Place, News Category:  Jefferson High School

Jamie Brown, 1st Place Feature Category: Jefferson High School

Clarence Ramirez, 1st Place Sports Category: Jefferson High School.


The deadline is May 20, 2012 Click for more information and entry form.

Online Resources

The Santa Clara student newspaper:
KSCU 103.3 FM:

More Information

Contact Barbara Kelley, Director/Journalism Emphasis: