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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 skills needed for careers in reporting, editing, management or publishing, online and on paper.

Graduates work on newspaper staffs, in the news departments of other news media and agencies, in public information positions and in Web site 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 109 accredited programs nationwide. To win accreditation, schools meet 12 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 2004.

Requirements for Major

Thirty-four journalism credits with 3 journalism elective hours (optional) and 3 nonjournalism 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 YearsJunior-Senior Years
JMC 30Communications in SocietyJMC 70Print Media Editing
JMC 40(1)Pre-professional WorkshopJMC 98Reporting, Writing for WWW
JMC 54News and Reporting PrinciplesJMC 102Editing Practicum
JMC 59Intro to Visual CommunicationJMC 103Public Affairs Journalism Online
JMC 66Media Responsibility Over TimeJMC 105Web Page Design
JMC 104Communication Law and EthicsJMC 171The Digital Newsroom
ECON 1 Macroeconomics JMCElective (0–3)
POLS 1 American Political Systems 
SCSS 1Survey of Sociology

Students must also:

  • Meet all requirements of the Drake Curriculum.
  • Complete a minimum of 124 total credit hours.
  • Complete 87 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 60th hour.

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

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