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Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication with a major in news-Internet.

Description of Program

As news-internet majors, students gain knowledge and multimedia skills needed for careers in reporting, editing, management or publishing, in print and online.

Graduates work on newspaper staffs, in the news departments of other news media and agencies, in public information positions and in website editing positions.

Approximately 30 students are enrolled in the major. Average class size is 12 students.

Accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Drake is among 113 accredited programs nationwide. To win accreditation, schools meet 9 standards, which address such issues as class size, diversity within the faculty and curriculum. Accreditation reviews occur every 6 years. Drake's program has been continuously accredited, most recently in 2011.

Requirements for Major

Thirty-five journalism credits with 3 journalism elective hours (optional) and 3 non-journalism courses are required to complete the news-internet major.

Suggested progression of classes:

All classes are 3 credit hours except when indicated ( )

News Internet
First-Sophomore Years   Junior-Senior Years
JMC30 Communications in Society   JMC 70 Print Media Editing
JMC 31(1) Multimedia Lab   JMC 98 Advanced Reporting for Print and Online
JMC40(1) Pre-professional Workshop   JMC 102 Multimedia Journalism
JMC54 News and Reporting Principles   JMC 103 Public Affairs Journalism Online
JMC59 Intro to Visual Communication   JMC 105 Web Page Design
JMC 66 Media Responsibility Over Time   JMC 171 The Digital Newsroom
JMC 104 Communication Law and Ethics   JMC Elective (0–3)
POLS 1 American Political Systems      
SCSS 1 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 grade point average the first 60 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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