A new two-year Master of Arts degree in Bilingual Journalism has recently been unveiled by the University of Arizona’s School of Journalism, with a program start date in Fall of 2021.
The School of Journalism’s Jessica Retis, a leading expert on bilingual journalism and bilingual training, was hired last year from California State Northridge to head the development of the master’s program.
“When we say bilingual journalism, we don’t only mean bilingual in terms of language, but we also mean bicultural — a bicultural understanding of issues,” Retis said.
While there are 105 Hispanic Serving institutions across the country, this bilingual journalism degree upon implementation will still be among the only degrees of its kind.
“There are many schools who have Spanish language programs, but they are either courses, minors, certificates, or very rarely, undergraduate programs,” Schwalbe said.