The curriculum of the Department of Journalism is designed to train skilled and qualified journalists required by today’s media. The purpose of the department is to train journalists who are capable of analyzing the social, economic, cultural and political events within the scope of cause-and-effect relationship, who are loyal to professional ethical values and respectful to public’s right to get accurate and unbiased news, and who are defenders of freedom of press and expression. Theoretical and practical courses are designed to make students discover their skills and improve their creativity on one hand, and enable them to begin to work as individuals who are sensitive to social problems and who have a solution oriented approach on the other. Our students have the chance to apply their theoretical knowledge to practice in university’s radio, television, news workshop and computer laboratory. To prepare the students to professional life, the curriculum is pursued in cooperation with local and national media organizations and trade associations while considering the importance of the collaboration between the media sector and university. In addition, our students have the opportunity to do a double major or a minor in a different program and to be involved in Erasmus + exchange program.
The graduates of the Department of Journalism are entitled to work as a journalist in traditional and new media. They can work in printed and online newspapers, journals and news agencies as an editor, reporter, news director, editor in chief and executive editor. Besides, they can work in public or private sector as a press consultant or press and public relations manager.
Journalism Department’s curriculum has a variety of courses such as Communication Theories, Communication Law, Communication Ethics, News Gathering and Writing Techniques, Online Journalism, Magazine Journalism, Radio-Television Journalism, Specialized Journalism, News Sociology, Web Design and Page Design. The curriculum concentrates on journalism practices and vocational courses. Besides the compulsory courses, there is a wide range of elective courses that give students the opportunity to improve themselves in the field(s) in which they want to specialize. Moreover, they are allowed to take elective courses from the disciplines complementary to their training in journalism or from different disciplines in which they are interested. Major area courses such as News Gathering and Writing Techniques, Economy Journalism and Arts and Culture Journalism are taught by the distinguished and well-known journalists working in media sector. Our students are also trained to work as a manager in media organizations via courses such as Press Management and Media Economy. Due to the fact that currently global media organizations play a bigger part in media sector, speaking a foreign language is a factor that increases the chance of employment. Taking this into consideration, besides English, students are given the opportunity to take a course on another foreign language such as Spanish, Russian and German.