About the Major
Equine Journalism represents a professional track for majors interested in Equestrian Studies, and a specific focus for majors interested in Mass Communications. A joint effort of the Wilson College Equestrian Studies Department and the English and Mass Communications Department, the major in equine journalism provides in-depth knowledge of equestrian studies in conjunction with the guiding principles of journalism. By the completion of the degree, students will have gained a foundational knowledge of the Equestrian world—vital for working in that industry—while taking every writing course every Mass Communications and Journalism major takes.
This curriculum provides a potent one-two punch. Courses in equestrian studies will offer comprehension of equine anatomy, horsemanship and horse-related industries. Courses in journalism and writing teach the basics of Associated Press style, conventions of journalism, public relations, feature writing, and media ethics and practices. Students apply this learning in small courses that prepare them for careers as professionals in the equestrian world.
There are exciting opportunities available for students majoring in Equine Journalism at Wilson College. Students can cover Wilson’s own “horse beat” for the award-winning school newspaper, The Billboard. They can intern over the summer at one of the premiere equestrian magazines in the country, or for one of the top businesses in the industry. Majors can join one of Wilson’s many horse-related clubs and teams: Dressage, Drill, Eventing, Hunt Seat Equitation, Intercollegiate Riding, Quadrille, and Western. Students can board their horses at Wilson College’s Equestrian Center or ride the college’s horses.
Wilson is a member of the American Horse Publications (AHP), an organization that counts over 400 equestrian periodicals, magazines, media organizations, and businesses as members. All students in the major are automatically given membership in the AHP once they reach junior status; they are then paired with a professional in the field who will aid in personally guiding and mentoring the student. The AHP also allows the student to access amazing opportunities for internships, grants, conferences, and student writing awards in the Equine Journalism field. For more information on the American Horse Publications organization and how it can benefit students, please click here.
Use the links below to learn more about the major in Equine Journalism, opportunities for career and graduate studies, and the faculty that teach the classes. Check out our Resource page to search listings for jobs, internships, and other amazing opportunities.
Questions? Please contact the Equine Journalism Program Administrator: Dr. Michael G. Cornelius 717-264-4141 ext. 3308