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

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As news-Internet majors, students gain knowledge and multimedia skills needed for careers in reporting, editing, management or publishing, in print and online.

Graduates work on publication staffs, in the news and production departments of other news media and agencies, in public information positions and in website editing positions.

Approximately 20 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 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

35 SJMC credits with 9 SJMC elective hours (optional) and one non-journalism course are required to complete the news-Internet 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
HIST 076 - American History 1877-Present 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 098 - Advanced Reporting for Print & Online 3
JMC 102 - Multimedia Journalism 3
JMC 103 - Public Affairs Journalism Online 3
JMC 104 - Communications Law and Ethics 3
JMC 105 - Web Page Design 3
JMC 171 - News Magazine Production 3
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