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Graduation Requirements

All SJMC Majors

Required Credit Hours and Courses

All students working for a bachelor’s degree at Drake must complete the Drake Curriculum Areas of Inquiry or Honors curriculum. A minimum of 124 total credits are required to graduate.

In addition, for all SJMC majors:

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.

All SJMC majors must successfully complete:

Course Credit Hours
Core SJMC coursework 14
JMC 030 - Communications in Society 3
JMC 031 - Multimedia Lab 1
JMC 040 - Pre-professional Workshop 1
JMC 054 - Reporting and Writing Principles 3
JMC 066 - Media Responsibility Over Time 3
JMC 104 - Communications Law and Ethics 3
Arts and Sciences coursework must include  
POLS 001 - American Political Systems 3
SCSS xxx - One 3-credit course in Sociology 3

Some majors in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication require other non-SJMC courses.

First-Year SJMC Major Curriculum

Entering first-year SJMC majors should enroll in JMC 30 (Communications in Society), JMC 31 Multimedia Lab and a First Year Seminar. Other classes aimed at satisfying general education requirements should be taken for a total of 15 or 16 credit hours.

In the second semester of the first year, SJMC majors should meet with their SJMC adviser to choose from among the introductory SJMC classes, including:

  • JMC 054 - Reporting and Writing Principles — an introductory media-writing course required for all SJMC majors.
  • JMC 059 - Introduction to Visual Communication — a survey of visual communication design and technology.

The remainder of the second-semester schedule is chosen, in consultation with the student’s academic adviser, to satisfy general education requirements.

Students with Sophomore Status and Above

Students should work toward completing all Drake Curriculum requirements by the end of their junior year. All SJMC majors build to a senior capstone, and prerequisites are required for most upper-level coursework. Students are advised to complete coursework from lower level (numbered courses below 100) to upper level (above 100). Students must also take into consideration that some required classes are offered only once a year.

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