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For more information regarding the Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, please contact:

Kathy Boser
Administrative Assistant
Phone: (716) 375-2521
Fax: (716) 375-2588

Program Chair:
Dr. Christopher Mackowski

School of Communication
P.O. Box J
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778

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Katie Tercek

B.A. in Journalism Major

The objectives of this program go beyond teaching students to write clearly and concisely. Our students will also learn to:

  • craft messages in ways that are appropriate for specific audiences;
  • research critically, filter the results and present them in a cogent manner;
  • have a practical understanding of their chosen field of work;
  • integrate broad-based learning into their professional activities;
  • understand that with their power as communicators comes a moral and ethical responsibility;
  • understand the meaning of citizenship in the context of their professional activities and their personal lives;
  • recognize and overcome biases, prejudices and limited viewpoints (including their own) so that they can communicate effectively in a diverse world. 

Majors take 40 hours of required journalism (J/MC) courses — 11 required courses and three J/MC electives. Each student is is assigned a faculty adviser who will review the student's program.

Additional journalism requirements for graduation include the completion of 400 internship hours, under the guidance of an internship coordinator.

Majors are eligible for the Washington Semester Program at American University in Washington, D.C., which carries 12 credits and internship hours; and may also participate in St. Bonaventure's study abroad programs or the Oxford Summer Program.

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Faculty Research & Honors

    Sep 12, 2018

    Dr. Christopher Mackowski
    Journalism and Mass Communication Professor
    Dr. Christopher Mackowski was an invited speaker at the 2018 Teacher Institute sponsored by the American Battlefield Trust, held in July in Valley Forge, Pa. Nearly 200 teachers from 37 states attended the conference. Using recent news about Confederate monuments, Mackowski discussed ways teachers can use history-related current events in their classrooms as research opportunities and for critical thinking exercises. Mackowski delivered the keynote address for the National Civil War Roundtable Congress, held in August at the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, Pa. Civil War roundtables from across the country gathered to share best practices for recruitment, programming, and marketing. Mackowski spoke about the battle of Chancellorsville and, later, shared marketing and public relations advice. Mackowski also delivered a "porch talk" at Ulysses S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site on August 26. Grant Cottage is the site where the former general and president finished his memoirs just days before dying. Mackowski's talk was titled Grant's Next Chapter: Vicksburg, Chattanooga, and the Turning Point of Grant's Career. A video provided by the Friends of Grant Cottage can be viewed at

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