Herbert H. Dow II Program in American Journalism

Note from the Program Director

The Dow Journalism Program offers excellent opportunities for students to prepare for careers in the 21st-century media, through a mix of classroom instruction and hands-on experience with the college’s newspaper and website as well as internships and networking. Recent graduates have gone on to jobs at national publications such as the Wall Street Journal and National Review plus local ones such as the Santa Barbara News-Press, the Tennessean, and the Hillsdale Daily News. 

Journalism is available as a minor. Freshmen can get involved immediately by writing for our award-winning campus paper, The Collegian. Coursework usually begins during the sophomore and junior years, starting with a two-semester introductory sequence. Electives focus on composition, editing, design, political journalism, sportswriting, the history of journalism, and more. Small classes with teachers who are professional writers are a hallmark of the program, and every semester we offer one-credit courses with distinguished guests, such as Andrew Ferguson of the Weekly Standard, Kimberley Strassel of the Wall Street Journal, and columnist Mark Steyn.

The program provides a generous number of journalism scholarships. More than two dozen students currently receive scholarships worth at least quarter-tuition. Students become eligible for these at the start of their sophomore years and must pursue a minor in journalism.

We welcome prospective students, and are happy to answer questions in person, by phone, or by email.

John J. Miller
Director, Dow Journalism Program