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    Certificate in International Journalism is a program that culminates Hamline CLA's commitments to the three I's: Interdisciplinary, Integrated Technology, and Independent learning. Our mission is to cultivate international and intercultural awareness among young journalists through academic training and hands-on journalism experiences.

    Hamline's CIJ and a New Generation of Journalism

    Globalization processes are, as never before, connecting world citizens via travel, advanced communications technology, and social networking. Through their roles as witnesses and reporters of world events, journalists both participate in and help to drive these processes. Consequently there has never been a greater need for journalists with international awareness through training and experience.

    The Certificate in International Journalism program at Hamline University seeks to cultivate and develop this awareness. It combines students’ passion about world politics and cultures, second language abilities, and analytical abilities and skills in communication technology in order to create a new breed of journalists who understand other countries and other cultures and who know how to communicate that understanding through the news media.

    Launched in 1998, the CIJ is proud to be the first undergraduate program in international journalism in the United States. Using an interdisciplinary model, the CIJ integrates communication studies, modern languages, journalism, and global studies into an intensive curriculum which promotes intercultural understanding and international cooperation through solid journalism practice. Besides learning how to report news, students will find themselves empowered with in-depth theoretical understanding of local and global media systems. They will not only learn how but also why journalists work the ways they do.

    Perhaps the most innovative part of the program takes place outside the classroom. Our students receive authentic hands-on journalistic experiences through domestic and overseas internships and a capstone independent media project. We work with local media partners in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area as well as direct overseas bilateral exchanges with universities around the globe to give our students the widest range of practical experiences available. Our local partners include KFAI radio, SPNN (St. Paul News Network), Minnesota Women’s Press, Asian American Press, La Prensa, and the Daily Planet. Our overseas exchanges include Universität Trier in Germany, Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso, Chile, Université Gaston Berger, Senegal, and a new bilateral exchange with the United International College, Zhuhai, China. Our students can also choose other approved internship sites in many countries in different parts of the world.

    The program draws students from Hamline’s own undergraduate population as well as undergraduates and post-baccalaureate students from our overseas partners and elsewhere. At any given time, approximately half of those enrolled in the final stages of the Certificate are international students. The interchange among students from around the world is one of the most distinctive features of the program. Among other things our program’s recent graduates have gone on to pursue Fulbright study in Germany, and a doctoral degree at the University of California, Berkeley.

    CIJ's Significant Past

    The Certificate in International Journalism program is a direct and early outgrowth of the Making the Global Local grant that Hamline University received from the Ford Foundation’s “Crossing Borders” initiative (1998-99; 1999-2002).

    The initial one-year planning grant and the subsequent three-year full grant were recognition by the Foundation of the vision that we had for bringing together academics and journalists to promote public discourse on transnational issues.

    Subsequent comments by the Ford Foundation’s external reviewer, after her visit to Hamline in 2001, testified to the creative innovation of Hamline’s MTGL project, including the newly-launched Certificate in International Journalism.

    The Certificate in International Journalism is a prime example of New American University connections. It connects various liberal arts disciplines (English, Communication Studies, Global Studies, Modern Languages, etc.).

    It connects theory (of media and globalization) and practice (of journalism); it connects academic specialists (from the College of Liberal Arts) and practitioners (practicing journalists), and it connects the University and various external communities (international academic and media partners; local media and community partners).