Life at Missouri Western has been great so far. I’ve gained confidence in myself, made new friends,
learned new things, travelled to new countries, experienced much and gained much experience.
There is only one complaint I have about this school, and I suppose you could call it a ‘minor’ one.
It’s that Missouri Western does not offer a Journalism major.My preferred area of study is actually a concentration of
That’s what it says on my transcript – Major: English with a concentration in Journalism.
It’s really like I’m minoring in the thing I want to do with my life.
People who want to major in Public Relations, Botany, or Zoology will run into the same problem.
These subjects are only offered as concentrations of much broader areas.
And yet students looking to major in French, Spanish Convergent Media or Music Education have definitive majors.
Western also offers the traditional Pre-Med, Pre-Law, Nursing, History, Chemistry majors etc. So why not Journalism?
While Journalism concentration majors spend most of their time taking classes on literature and textual analysis
along with their reporting, publishing and photography classes,I’m sure other media majors aren’t bogged
down by reading a language awareness. And we’re stuck into such a wide category.
English majors can minor or have a concentration in quite a few subjects.
But there isn’t one large Language major that encompasses all the French and Spanish students.
Don’t get me wrong here – I have NO problem with any students or any majors.
It just feels frustrating to people like me (and probably the PR and zoology kids) who are
spending our time studying things we may not need, and then maybe getting the job we want but
never being able to say, “Yeah, I was a journalism major.”