Add Journalism as a Portland State University Major Option

Target: Portland State University president Wim Wiewel

Goal: Add Journalism as an official major option in the Portland State University curriculum.

Portland State University once offered Journalism as a major, but thanks to university budget cuts they abolished it not too long ago. Now, Portland State University students hoping to pursue a career in Journalism will have to make do with a degree in English or Communications.

This, unfortunately, will hinder Portland State students who wish to go on and work in the Journalism field in the future. Students from other colleges will be able to produce a Journalism degree at their post-collegiate job interviews, and given the specificity of classes involved with any major they will likely have more specific journalism knowledge as well. Portland State does have several university newspapers that its students can write for, but that is more of a learn-as-you-go route to understanding journalism as opposed to an academic route to understanding journalism. And, of course, learning journalism that way would require having a job at a paper; obviously, this would be much more restricting space-wise than would a class or a number of different classes teaching journalism.

The information taught in a theoretical Journalism major would be highly beneficial. The act of providing the news to people has been a necessary community service in human civilization for centuries. Portland State University students deserve the ability to learn these skills and put them to use if they so choose. The university needs to find a way to bring back the Journalism major and provide valuable learning opportunities for its students.


Dear President Wiewel,

Your university is not only the largest school in the Oregon University system, but also the fastest growing. It hands out thousands of degrees every year. Why is it missing such a crucial major option that could result in many more degrees?

Journalism is a field of study that has been crucial to community development and social construct for centuries. It is still extremely relevant in society today, and still draws much interest from students wishing to study it. Why are you depriving PSU students of the ability to study it?

It is understandable that university budgets are tight in this economy. But there simply must be some room made for journalism as a major, lest PSU keep its students from accessing the full supply of academic opportunities that they are obliged to receive. Please consider this letter, and most importantly, consider the importance of Journalism and the importance it could have as a major at Portland State.


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  1. At the very least, Portland State should offer a clearer academic path for its students who wish to specialize in the field of journalism.

  2. bring journalism back

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