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Journalism and Society Certificate

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Journalism and Society Certificate

The Journalism and Society Certificate provides students with a foundational knowledge of journalism, civic institutions, and issues in multimedia communication. Classes from a variety of disciplines including history, sociology, photography, and English provide students with both the skills needed for reporting and a strong understanding of journalism's relationship with society. Pursued within a biblical framework, this certificate equips students to be truthful storytellers, sensemakers, watchmen, and voices for the voiceless – in other words, godly, able journalists. 

Program Overview

Covenant’s certificate is distinct from other journalism certificates because our well-rounded, liberal arts approach builds a solid foundation for quality journalism. Covenant has a strong tradition of developing journalistic minds, and its educational culture fosters minds and hearts well-equipped for the enterprise of journalism. Its stance of fearlessly and humbly engaging culture, its commitment to robust critical inquiry, and its heart for brokenness with an eye towards Christ’s redemptive work all serve to shape a journalistic spirit. Many graduates have gone on to pursue journalism in a wide variety of forums. 

The study of journalism in this era necessitates more than the study of communication. It requires an understanding of civic institutions, constitutional rights, and public discourse. It should also interrogate the power of media — stories, images, video and audio —  to shape public sentiment, and the ethics of that power. Journalism, at its best, provides people with the information they need to govern themselves. But it is also the practice of community storytelling: a “first draft of history.” Bearing all of this in mind, a certificate in journalism and society aims to provide students with skills needed for reporting and writing but also a strong understanding of its relationship with society. 

Graduate Outcomes

Graduates who studied journalism at Covenant have gone on to work as writers and editors at both local newspaper and national news magazines. Some have won awards for their journalism and pursued advanced degrees in the field, while others have used their journalism experiences to launch careers in law, finance, or education. 

Programs & Features

  • Journalism
  • Creative Writing: Nonfiction
  • American Government
  • History and Theory of Photography
  • History of the United States II

View the course catalog for details

  • Urban History
  • The New South
  • Public Policy
  • Public Opinion
  • Crime and Delinquency

Additionally, candidates for the certificate complete fieldwork through a journalism practicum or approved internship.

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Undergraduate Departments, Majors, Minors, Certificates, Concentrations, and Programs

Academic Certificates

  • Arts Administration
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability
  • Journalism and Society
  • Medical Ethics Consultation
  • Neuroscience
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)


  • Art, 2-D Concentration 
  • Art, 3-D Concentration 
  • Art, Art History Concentration 
  • Art, Graphic Design Concentration 
  • Art, Photography Concentration 
  • Art minor
  • Art History minor

Biblical & Theological Studies

  • Biblical & Theological Studies 
  • Biblical & Theological Studies, Missions Concentration 
  • Biblical & Theological Studies minor
  • Biblical Languages minor
  • History of Christianity minor
  • Missions minor
  • Youth Ministry minor


  • Biology, Biomedical Concentration 
  • Biology, Environmental Concentration 
  • Biology, General 
  • Biology, Health Professions Concentration 
  • Biology minor


  • Business 
  • Business, Accounting Concentration 
  • Business, Finance Concentration 
  • Business, Marketing Concentration 
  • Sport Management 
  • Business minor
  • Sport Management minor


  • Chemistry, Biochemistry Concentration 
  • Chemistry, General 
  • Biochemistry minor
  • Chemistry minor

Community Development

  • Community Development 
  • Community Development minor

Computer Science

  • Computer Science 
  • Computer Science minor


  • Economics 
  • Economics minor


  • Education Studies 
  • Elementary Education (P-5) 
  • Secondary Education Certifications through MAT program 
  • Education minor

Engineering 3:2 Program

  • Natural Science, Pre-Engineering Studies Concentration


  • English 
  • English, Writing Concentration 
  • English minor
  • Writing minor

Health, Wellness and Coaching

  • Coaching minor

History, Politics, and International Studies

  • History 
  • History, Art History Concentration 
  • Political Science 
  • International Studies 
  • History minor
  • Political Science minor

Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Interdisciplinary Studies with Concentrations 


  • Mathematics 
  • Mathematics minor


  • Music, Church Music Concentration 
  • Music, Creative Studies Concentration 
  • Music, General Music Concentration 
  • Music, Instrumental Performance Concentration 
  • Music, Music Education (Pre-MAT) Concentration 
  • Music, Organ Performance Concentration 
  • Music, Piano Pedagogy Concentration 
  • Music, Piano Performance Concentration 
  • Music, Vocal Performance Concentration 
  • Music minor


  • Philosophy 
  • Philosophy minor


  • Physics 
  • Physics minor

Pre-Professional Programs

  • Pre-Law Studies 
  • Pre-Medical Studies 
  • Pre-Nursing Studies 
  • Pre-Physical Therapy Studies 


  • Psychology 
  • Psychology minor


  • Sociology 
  • Sociology, Family Studies & Social Work Concentration 
  • Sociology minor


  • Theatre minor

World Languages

  • French 
  • Spanish 
  • French minor
  • Spanish minor