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Washington and Lee University    
  Feb 17, 2018
2013-2014 University Catalog archived

Journalism and Mass Communications (JOUR)

The preprofessional sequences—journalism and business journalism—are appropriate for students who plan a career in a newsroom. Students considering one of these sequences and planning a study abroad term are strongly urged to consult a department faculty member during the first year.

The mass communications sequence is appropriate for students seeking a general liberal arts major.

No more than three credits toward the degree, regardless of course designation or major sequence, may be earned through internships or other experiential courses.

Students considering advertising or public relations as a career should take JOUR 225 and JOUR 232, as well as courses in advertising, economics, and marketing.

Honors: An Honors Program in journalism is offered for qualified students; see the catalog statement under Major requirements in Requirements for the Degree  , the Journalism Department website,, and the department head for details.

Cable Channel 18—A fully equipped television studio and control room used as a laboratory for television courses. News and public affairs programming is presented to the community through the Lexington cable television system. Cable 18 is operated entirely by students under the direction of journalism faculty members.

Department Head: Pamela K. Luecke


First date is the year in which the faculty member began service as regular faculty at the University. Second date is the year of appointment to the present rank.

Adedayo O.L. Abah, Ph.D.—(2002)-2009
Associate Professor of Journalism and Mass Communications
Ph.D., University of South Carolina, Columbia

Claudette G. Artwick, Ph.D.—(1997)-2001
Associate Professor of Journalism and Mass Communications
Ph.D., University of Washington

Douglas O. Cumming, Ph.D.—(2003)-2009
Associate Professor of Journalism and Mass Communications
Ph.D., University of North Carolina

Toni Locy, M.A. Law—(2008)-2013
Associate Professor of Journalism and Mass Communications
M.A., University of Pittsburgh

Pamela K. Luecke, M.A., M.B.A.—(2001)-2001
Donald W. Reynolds Professor of Business Journalism
M.A., Northwestern University

Brian E. Richardson, Ph.D.—(1990)-2002
Harry E. and Mary Jane Redenbaugh Term Professor of Journalism and Mass Communications
Ph.D., University of Florida