Welcome to the Department of Journalism and Communication

Journalism at Lehigh dates back to the time of the penny press. Our student newspaper, The Brown and White, has been published since 1894. We have awarded undergraduate degrees in journalism since 1927. We also offer a major in Science and Environmental Writing and a minor in mass communication.

Our students have consistently found work in the top ranks of journalism, such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Time, the Associated Press, the Rodale Press, MSNBC, ABC News, CNN and other media outlets. Students also find work in newer media, such as Buzzfeed and Huffington Post.

Students succeed because our program maintains a careful balance. We teach traditional skills of research, reporting, writing and editing. We also provide instruction in the practice and principles of digital and social media. And we emphasize critical thinking, ethics and law, and an understanding of the role of journalism in today's global society.

Students also succeed because our professors are award-winning teachers and superb scholars and professionals, with expertise in global communication, social media, media law, visual communication, science journalism and more. Their books, research articles and essays shed light on the most pressing issues facing journalism today.

It is important too that our program is housed in the College of Arts and Sciences. Our students receive a broad liberal arts education that takes advantage of a university that is ranked 38th in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.

And we have a beautiful home. In 2003, we moved into Coppee Hall, the fourth oldest building on the campus. Constructed in 1883, Coppee retains the beauty of classic 19th Century American Eclectic architecture combined now with 21st Century communication technology.

Journalism is crucial to the public life of a democracy. At its best, journalism serves as a watchdog to government, offers a voice for the powerless at home and abroad, entertains and instructs the public, represents the views of varied constituencies, monitors and protects the environment and public resources, and provides a common memory for a people. Our research and teaching pursue these goals.