student sitting in a broadcast room speaking into a microphone

Journalism Major

Study Journalism at Azusa Pacific University

You’ll stand out as exceptional in the journalism field and prepare you with the ability to create honest, person-driven stories in today’s information-saturated society. You’ll expand your résumé with study abroad opportunities and out-of-class experiences in Greater Los Angeles—one of the largest media market markets in the world. You’ll build an extensive portfolio by participating in our converged student media experience, ZU Media, and graduate creating quality journalistic content.

Program at a Glance

Throughout all programs, emphasis is placed on the application of Christian truth and values to the study of communication theories and processes, consideration of ethical issues, and the mastery of current scholarship in each field.

All programs focus on applying Christian values to communication studies, thinking about ethics, and mastering the latest research in each field.

Upcoming Events

APU One Day

  • March 8, 2024


Application Deadline

Early Action        (Freshmen Only)

  • November 15

Regular Decision

  • March 1 priority application deadline
  • June 1 final deadline
  • August 1 final transfer deadline

Apply Now

Program Information

  • Program Units: 51


  • Azusa (Main Campus)
Yellow ribbon icon

Yellow Ribbon and Military Friendly School

Students listening

Gain Hands-on Experience

  • Participate in Zu News, APU’s student media experience.
  • Study journalism with a Christian worldview and First Amendment values.
  • Build connections as you learn from faculty active in the journalism field.
  • Cultivate practical experience in writing, reporting, editing, and publication production.
  • Expand your portfolio with diverse content ranging from news articles to TV broadcasts.

By the Numbers

1 of 126 Best Western Colleges according to Princeton Review's 2023 Best Colleges Guide
10 :1 Student-to-faculty ratio
100 % of incoming students receive financial aid


Get Started

Alana smiling

Alana Morgan Perkins: A Platform for My Faith

Journalism major Alana Morgan Perkins ’25 values studying within a community of believers devoted to their faith in Christ.

Program Details

The journalism major offers an in-depth study of journalism, cultivating practical experience in writing, reporting, editing, and publication production and management. Two concentrations are offered: News and Storytelling or Sports Journalism.

Browse the tabs below—if you have questions, visit the Student Services Center page, and we’ll make sure you get the info you need.

General Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Select an option below:

You might think that a private college education is beyond your reach, but there are many financial resources available to help make an Azusa Pacific education a reality. APU students may take advantage of three basic types of financial aid: scholarships and grants, education loans, and student employment.

Scholarships and Grants

Scholarships and grants are considered “gift aid” and do not require repayment. They can come from federal, state, or private sources. Scholarships are typically merit-based, meaning they are awarded depending on demonstrated academic ability or other specific talents.

Scholarships are often available from sources outside of APU. You can search for these scholarships through websites such as or The Student Services Center is sometimes notified of scholarships available through APU departments or local organizations, and can provide information about any available scholarships on request.

Education Loans

Education loans are usually repaid after graduation, may be deferred until after graduate school, and often have very low interest rates.

Military Benefits

Military members—and in some cases their spouses and dependents—qualify for financial assistance covering tuition, housing, and books. Azusa Pacific is a Yellow Ribbon University and Military Friendly School, so you can be confident that you’ll receive the benefits and flexibility you need to complete your education.

Student Employment

On-campus student employment is available for students needing additional income to pay for education-related expenses. APU students also find work off campus in the surrounding community.

Net Price Calculator

We’re committed to helping families understand early in the college search process the value of the APU experience and options for affordable financing of a top-tier Christian university education.

Now that you’re familiar with the financial aid opportunities available to APU students, it’s time to estimate what your true cost may be to attend Azusa Pacific. Remember, estimations are only as accurate as the information you provide. Click on the Net Price Calculator button below to begin.

Net Price Calculator


To view specific requirements and coursework information, visit the current academic catalog:

Azusa Pacific University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

Featured Faculty

Ismael Lopez Medel

Ismael Lopez Medel

Professor and Department Chair, Department of Communication Studies

Bala Musa

Bala Musa

Professor, Department of Communication Studies

Pamela Fisher

Pamela Fisher

Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies; Program Director, MA in User Experience Design; Regional Program Director, Murrieta Regional Campus

Career Outlooks and Outcomes

Ruby smiling

Alumni Feature: Ruby McAuliffe ’20 is Living Her Dream as an Editor in NYC

Ruby McAuliffe ’20 is living her dream in New York City as an editor for a top women’s fashion magazine: InStyle.

Note: This information is current for the 2024-25 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.

Related Programs

English Major

  • Azusa

Available Concentrations:

English Education