Assessment and Learning Outcomes

Journalism B.A. Program Outcomes:

The Journalism program at UMD strives to provide students a path of study that focuses on core skills and ways of thinking critically about mass media, and is further developed in real-world application.

  1. Demonstrate how the journalistic approach to problem solving and storytelling can produce locally engaged, globally competent citizens.
  2. Demonstrate competence in a core set of journalistic crafts in reporting, research and storytelling that show versatility across media.
  3. Express a critical understanding of the contextual factors that shape the media message in a diverse, globalized media landscape.
  4. Demonstrate a problem-solving approach to the practice of journalism that will give the student the confidence to remain adaptable to an ever-fluctuation media landscape.


The Journalism program has a routine assessment schedule with several classes having been the specific focus of semester-long assessment efforts. We will continue to assess our program and our classes using the established routine set out in the Communication Department. The Journalism program will continue to use a portfolio system both in class and in the program overall to evaluate student work and assess our six learning outcomes.