The Department of Publishing, Journalism and Communication Studies has designed programmes that provide students with knowledge and skills for communication-related careers. Students also leave with skills well-suited for graduate school or other careers where communication is critical. Our programmes prepare students for careers in journalism, broadcasting, advertising, diplomacy, arbitration, advocacy and international communication. Students pursue courses in writing and reporting, editing and media analysis so they can create media, interpret media messages and understand the ways in which media affect individuals and societies.
The programmes are anchored on a pragmatist philosophy which appreciates both the positivist and the interpretivists paradigms of knowledge. Students explore various theories, conceptualizations, principles and techniques of communication and journalism. The courses are designed to facilitate innovation, critical thinking and problem-solving approaches to dealing with various tasks in the domain of communication, journalism and media studies.
Graduates of our programmes typically work as professionals in news organisations, public relations firms, government and non-government agencies and other organizations where communication and journalistic services are required. The programmes also prepare graduates for self-employment as consultants on various aspects of communication and public relations.