After more than three decades as a specialized program within the Department of English, journalism at Baruch College is attaining departmental status. The Weissman School of Arts and Sciences formally launched its new Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions on July 1, 2008.
With a full-time faculty of eleven and a student population somewhere between 80 and 120 declared majors, the Baruch journalism program is designed as “a broad-based undergraduate major that allows students to explore different writing forms and prepare for a variety of careers,” says Professor Geanne Rosenberg, chair-elect of the new department.
The trustees of The City University of New York formally approved the new department at their June 23rd meeting. In addition to creating the new department, the journalism faculty has strengthened its core courses and will increase electives available to students. In addition, “We have been developing on-line journalism and integrating it into our program and building in opportunities for students to publish online,” Rosenberg noted.
Other areas of study within the new department include: business journalism; urban reporting; media, law and ethics; documentary film; creative writing; environmental reporting; broadcast journalism; business and professional writing; investigative reporting and arts and culture reporting. Either an internship or a capstone writing and research seminar will be required of all department majors.
Commenting on the new department, President Kathleen Waldron said, “We are immensely pleased that Journalism and the Writing Professions is now a full-fledged department at Baruch College. Superior writing skills are of paramount importance for success in both business and the professions. The journalism department will serve our students well, whether or not they aspire to be Pulitzer Prize winners in their postcollege lives.”
In addition to the 30 credits of formal classroom study required of all majors, students in the Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions are invited to contribute to Dollars & $ense, the national award-winning magazine of business and society that the department publishes annually. Many students also take advantage of the Sidney Harman Writing Workshop, taught each semester by the College’s Harman Writer-in-Residence.