• International Journalism at Hamline

    The Certificate in International Journalism program enables students with advanced language skills and majors in global studies, area studies, modern languages, English, communication studies, history, anthropology, and other majors to supplement their programs with preparation in international journalism. The certificate program combines introductory courses in journalism and media studies with advanced seminars, internships, and a capstone media project where students can apply their international expertise to the study and practice of journalism. 

    The Certificate in International Journalism at Hamline University is a very competitive program. Applications are received from all parts of the world. To maintain CIJ’s high academic standards, applicants must meet the following criteria.

    Application Deadlines

    • Applications by HU students are due on the first Tuesday of November (Fall semester) or the first Tuesday of April (Spring semester). 
    • International, exchange and post-baccalaureate applicants must follow other admission guidelines set by the College of Liberal Arts Office of Admission and the Office of Off-Campus Programs.

    General Requirements

    • All students entering the CIJ program must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (or equivalent) in order for their application to be considered. 
    • All applicants must submit a letter of recommendation addressing the applicant’s academic performance, maturity and ability to work and study in a multicultural environment. 
    • All applicants must submit a personal statement of one to two pages explaining their qualifications and interest in the program. 
    • HU applicants should apply either in the spring semester of their first year or the fall semester of their sophomore year. Other applicants may be considered on a case-by-case basis by the CIJ faculty. 
    • Postbaccalaureate students should apply to enter the program in the spring semester. They also should have some prior background in media studies or journalism. 
    • International students who are not native speakers of English are required to have a score of at least 570 on the TOEFL paper exam, 230 on the computer-based TOEFL exam, or 88-89 on the Internet-based TOEFL exam.

    Undergraduate Students

    • Hamline students are required to have the knowledge of a foreign language, or to take at least two semesters of foreign language prior to their overseas media internship.
    • Hamline undergraduates must apply for study abroad in the second semester of their sophomore year in order to be eligible for an overseas media internship. Study abroad application is due in the last week of February.
    • Hamline students are required to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above to earn the Certificate.
    • CIJ students are encouraged to write for the HU student newspaper, Oracle, or other approved HU publications for at least one semester.
    International and Exchange Students
    • International students must enter the Certificate in International Journalism Program in the spring semester. In their first spring semester, they are required to take COMM 3320, ENG 3330, and an upper level course in one of the following departments or programs: Global Studies, Political Science, Environmental Studies, History, Communication Studies, Conflict Studies, Women's Studies, dependent on their prior journalism background and other coursework. They will then be eligible to take COMM 3420, GLOB 5900 and IJRN 5960 in the following fall semester, and complete IJRN 5970 (Capstone Media Project) in the winter semester. 
    • One-semester direct exchange students with prior media studies and journalism background must enter the program in the fall semester. They are required to take COMM 3420, GLOB 5900 and IJRN 5960, and complete IJRN 5970 in the winter semester.
    • One-year exchange students admitted through Off-Campus Programs entering the certificate in the fall semester must take COMM 3420, GLOB 5900 and IJRN 5960, then complete IJRN 5970 in the following winter or spring. In their spring semester, they are required to take COMM 3320, ENG 3330 and an upper level course in one of the following departments or programs: Global Studies, Political Science, Environmental Studies, History, Communication Studies, Conflict Studies, Women's Studies, dependent on their prior journalism background and other coursework. They should consult CIJ director for approval prior to enrolment. 
    Post-Baccalaureate Students

    • Post-baccalaureate students must enter the Certificate program in the spring semester. 
    • In their first spring semester, they are required to take COMM 3320, ENG 3330, and an upper level course in one of the following departments or programs: Global Studies, Political Science, Environmental Studies, History, Communication Studies, Conflict Studies, Women's Studies, dependent on their prior journalism background and other coursework. 
    • They will then be eligible to take COMM 3420, GLOB 5900 and IJRN 5960 in the fall semester and complete IJRN 5970 (Capstone Media Project) in the winter semester. 
    • Post-baccalaureate students must plan to travel overseas in their second spring semester to complete an international media internship. Study abroad application is due in the last week of February. 
    • NOTE: Post-baccalaureate students usually complete the Certificate program within four terms: spring, fall, winter (January) and spring
    Media Internship
    • Minnesota media internship (IJRN 5960) are arranged based on the individual student's interest in particular kinds of media, e.g., radio, television, print or online. The students will be placed at media organizations in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area.
    • Minnesota media internships are available only in the fall semester. International students, including direct bilateral exchange students, will need to consult Off-Campus Programs regarding their visa requirements.
    • International and exchange students are exempt from taking a semester of overseas media internship.