Department of Literature, Journalism and Modern Languages

Nothing beats the feelings of writing an investigative feature that elicits praise, rushing toward a deadline, or seeing your name in print for the first time. Can you relate? Then be a journalism major!


PLNU offers a journalism major, a writing major, and a writing minor. Your professors are working journalists and have been writers and editors for The Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union-Tribune, and The New York Times.

After completing introductory courses in journalism, mass media, and literature, you'll learn investigative reporting techniques and creative ways to tell stories through narrative writing. Upper division courses will introduce you to the challenges of media ethics and ever-changing technology. You'll have opportunities to develop skills in interviewing and editing, design layouts for the school newspaper, and create a magazine from concept to publication.

Additionally, you'll read literature from classical to post-modern times, approach literary works from a variety of theoretical perspectives, and develop critical writing skills. Courses in creative writing and linguistics facilitate a deeper understanding of language and its use, and you may publish your work in school and local publications. As part of the curriculum, you'll get the chance to write for The Point Weekly for at least one semester.

Special Features

  • Opportunity to participate in prestigious internships, cultivating contacts and experience for students aspiring to write in technical, business, or journalism fields. Past students have interned with organizations such as CBS, the San Diego Union-Tribune, The Daily Transcript, Yahoo! News, as well as other local and national publications.
  • Professors are knowledgeable, published writers whose works have been appeared in scholarly journals such as French Studies, The Princeton University Library Chronicle, and The Journal of Mass Media Ethics, as well as The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times.
  • Department faculty have received major national grants including several from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Fellowship Grant, and the Del Amo Foundation.
  • Opportunity to join Society of Professional Journalists, San Diego chapter.
  • Alumni have gone on to work at newspapers and magazines in San Diego and nationally, as reporters, editors and photographers.
  • Opportunity to work on staff for The Point Weekly, the annual yearbook Mariner, or Driftwood, a literary magazine.
  • The Annual Writers’ Symposium By the Sea, which has hosted such writers as Ray Bradbury, George Plimpton, Amy Tan, Rick Reilly, Kathleen Norris, Bill Moyers, Anne Lamott, Michael Eric Dyson, and Donald Miller.

Career Opportunities

  • Print or broadcast journalist
  • Reporter
  • Magazine editor
  • Photo journalist
  • Novelist
  • Teacher
  • Publishing
  • Marketing
  • Public relations