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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 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 140 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 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 2004.

Requirements for Major

Thirty-two journalism credits with 6 journalism elective hours (optional) and 3 nonjournalism courses are required to complete the Magazine major.

Suggested progression of classes:

All classes are 3 credit hours except when indicated ( )

First-Sophomore YearsJunior-Senior Years
JMC 30Communications in SocietyJMC 91Magazine Staff Writing
JMC 31(1)Multimedia LabJMC 70Print Media Editing
JMC 40(1)Pre-professional WorkshopJMC 119Magazine Publishing
JMC 54News and Reporting PrinciplesJMC 120Freelance Writing
JMC 59Intro to Visual CommunicationJMC 122Magazine Practicum
JMC 66Media Responsibility Over TimeJMCElective (0-6)
JMC 104Communication Law and Ethics
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 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 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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