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Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication degree with a major in magazines.

Description of Program

The magazine major prepares students to be magazine writers, editors and creative directors for print and online publications. As part of their coursework, students:

  • Write magazine articles for consumer, trade and organization magazines.
  • Work as staff members for the nationally award-winning 515 Magazine, Think magazine, Urban Plains digital magazine, and other titles and Web sites published through the E.T. Meredith Center for Magazine Studies.
  • Produce a business plan and design for a magazine prototype of their own.

In past years, students have also produced magazines for the Annie E. Casey Foundation on the Making Connections initiative in Des Moines and on the issue of Prisoner Re-Entry in Iowa.

Unique to Drake: Drake is one of the few private, liberal arts colleges to provide a full four-year sequence for magazines. Many magazine majors also work outside of classes on the nationally award-winning Drake Magazine.

The magazine major is one of the most popular with an average of 130 students in the major. Class sizes are usually around 18 students after the core classes are complete.

Accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Drake is among 109 accredited programs nationwide. To earn accreditation, schools meet 9 standards, which address such issues as class size, diversity, student services and curriculum. Accreditation reviews occur every 6 years. Drake’s program has been continuously accredited, most recently in 2011.

Requirements for Major

Thirty-two journalism credits with 6 journalism elective hours (optional) and 2 non-journalism courses are required to complete the magazine major.

Suggested progression of classes:

All classes are 3 credit hours except when indicated ( )


First-Sophomore Years


Junior-Senior Years


Communications in Society


JMC 70

Print Media Editing

JMC 31(1)

Multimedia Lab


JMC 91

Magazine Staff Writing


Pre-professional Workshop


JMC 104

Communications Law and Ethics


News and Reporting Principles


JMC 119

Magazine Publishing


Intro to Visual Communication


JMC 120

Freelance Writing

JMC 66

Media Responsibility Over Time


JMC 122

Magazine Practicum


American Political Systems



JMC electives up to 6 credits


Survey of Sociology


Students must also:

  • Meet all requirements of the Drake Curriculum.
  • Complete a minimum of 124 total credit hours.
  • Complete 86 credit hours outside of the SJMC course list; 65 of those hours must be in Arts and Sciences.
  • Declare an Area of Concentration with their Journalism adviser.
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA during the first 30 hours at Drake and a 2.25 after the 30th hour.

Students should see Graduation Requirements and Regulations sections of the catalog for additional information.

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