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

Description of Program

Electronic media students select one of two tracks: broadcast news or radio-television. Coursework during the first two years is similar. Specialization occurs during the last two years.

All electronic media students learn techniques and disciplines of preproduction, studio and field production, and postproduction, especially digital audio and video editing.

Broadcast news enrolls about 50 students with 10 to 12 students in each upper-level course.

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 4 nonjournalism courses are required to complete the broadcast news major.

Suggested progression of classes:

All classes are 3 credit hours except when indicated ( )

Broadcast News
First-Sophomore YearsJunior-Senior Years
JMC 30Communications in SocietyJMC 67Digital Audio Writing & Production
JMC 40(1)Pre-professional WorkshopJMC 73Radio News Reporting and Editing
JMC 54Reporting and Writing PrinciplesJMC 100Television Field Photography
JMC 57Video ProductionJMC 104Communication Law and Ethics
JMC 59Intro to Visual CommunicationJMC 173Broadcasting Public Affairs
JMC 66Media Responsibility Over TimeJMC 193Broadcast News Practicum
ECON 1MacroeconomicsJMCJMC electives (0-3)
POLS 1American Political SystemsHIST 76American History 1877 to Present
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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