Humanities Undergraduate Programs
Bachelor of Science in Journalism of Technology, Science, and Business
Journalists are the conduits through which we get the information we need to live our lives, empowering us to plan daily activities and make decisions about families, communities, nations, and the world. Journalists also set agendas. Through their choices about what they report and how they report it, journalists can inform us about significant events, inflate insignificant events, or deprive us of information we need. The fact is that journalism may be the most crucial profession in this Information Age: without fair, thorough, reliable, and ethical reporting, economies sputter, science and technology slow to a crawl, and democracies wither and die.
At IIT, we specialize in the journalism of technology, science, and business because of IIT's strengths in these areas. But we also take seriously journalists' responsibilities to their communities—large and small, present and future—and to the world at large. That's why our curriculum has two large concentrations of courses: (1) journalism, and related subjects such as humanities and social science, and (2) technology, science, and business. In fact, you'll do about 3.5 semesters of your 8 semesters' worth of course work in both of these areas, with the remaining semester's worth in inter-professional projects (IPROs) and free electives.
News outlets such as magazines, cable TV, and satellite radio channels, Web sites, and even cell phone news services are increasing and specializing, so the opportunities for journalism graduates are also increasing. In fact, our search of online employment databases suggests that over 5,000 journalism-related jobs open up each year in the United States alone. Salaries in the Chicago area range from $27,500 for beginning reporters to $128,500 for upper-level editors, according to Salary.com (July, 2005).