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Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication (B.A.J.M.C.) with a major in Magazines

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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 Think magazine, Urban Plains digital magazine, and other titles and websites published through the E.T. Meredith Center for Magazine Studies.
  • Produce a business plan and design for a magazine prototype of their own.

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 enrolls about 78 students. Class sizes are around 18 students.

Accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Drake is among 114 accredited programs nationwide. To earn accreditation, schools meet 9 standards, which address such issues as class size, diversity, student services and curriculum. Accreditation reviews occur every 6 years. Drake’s program has been continuously accredited, most recently in 2011.

Degree Requirements

  • Meet all requirements of the Drake Curriculum.
  • Complete a minimum of 124 total credit hours.
  • Complete 80 credit hours outside of the SJMC course list; 48 of those hours must be Arts and Science credits.
  • 40 upper level credits.
  • Declare an Area of Concentration with SJMC adviser.
  • Maintain a 2.0 grade point average during the first 30 hours.
  • Maintain a 2.25 grade point average at Drake after the 30th hour.

Students should work with their advisers to assure selection of courses best suited to their educational and career objectives.  Please see Graduation Requirements and Regulations sections of the catalog for additional information.

Major Requirements

32 SJMC credits with 12 SJMC elective hours (optional) are required to complete the magazine major.

Required course list and the suggested progression of classes:

Course Credit Hours
First-Sophomore Years
JMC 030 - Communications in Society 3
JMC 031 - Multimedia Lab 1
JMC 040 - Pre-professional Workship 1
JMC 054 - Reporting and Writing Principles 3
JMC 059 - Intro to Visual Communication 3
JMC 066 - Media Responsibility Over Time 3
POLS 001 - American Political Systems 3
SCSS xxx - (one three-credit course in Sociology) 3
Junior-Senior Years
JMC 070 - Print Media Editing 3
JMC 091 - Magazine Staff Writing 3
JMC 104 - Communications Law and Ethics 3
JMC 119 - Magazine Publishing 3
JMC 120 - Magazine Freelance Writing 3
JMC 122 - Magazine Practicum 3
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