All students working for a bachelor's degree at Drake must complete the Drake Curriculum (Areas of Inquiry) or Honors curriculum. A minimum of 124 total credits are required to graduate.
In addition, for all SJMC majors:
All SJMC majors must successfully complete:
Number and Title
JMC 30 (Communications in Society)
JMC 40 (Pre-Professional Workshop)
JMC 54 (Reporting and Writing Principles)
JMC 59 (Introduction to Visual Communication)
JMC 66 (Media Responsibility Over Time)
JMC 104 (Communications Law and Ethics)
Core SJMC coursework
Arts and Sciences coursework must include:
Individual majors in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication also may require other non-SJMC courses.
Entering first-year SJMC majors should enroll in JMC 30 (Communications in Society) and in a First Year Seminar. Other classes aimed at satisfying general education requirements should be taken for a total of 15 or 16 credit hours.
In the second semester of the first year, SJMC majors should meet with their SJMC adviser to choose from among the introductory SJMC classes. The school divides the majors into these two beginning classes each semester to ensure each student finishes these classes to move forward in their particular major.
The remainder of the second-semester schedule is chosen, in consultation with the student’s academic adviser, to satisfy general education requirements.
Students should work toward completing all Drake Curriculum requirements by the end of their junior year. All SJMC majors build to a senior capstone, and prerequisites are required for most upper-level coursework. Students are advised to complete coursework from lower level (numbered courses below 100) to upper level (above 100). Students must also take into consideration that some required classes are offered only once a year.