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Journalism Major / Law Degree 3+3

Program Overview

The journalism/law 3+3 program allows students to complete virtually all journalism and mass communication (SJMC) requirements in the first three years, including requirements for a specific undergraduate SJMC major. If admitted to the Drake University Law School, the student then counts Law School courses taken in the fourth year as the area of concentration required of all journalism majors. The fourth year also constitutes the student's first year in Drake Law School.

Admission to the 3+3 program is by application to the Dean of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Because of the rigorous nature of the program and the tight scheduling involved, admission is limited to exceptional and highly motivated students, based on high school GPA, test scores and an application letter. Students may apply to the program during their first semester on campus.


SJMC faculty are experienced professionals and leading academicians. The Drake Law School faculty includes experts in several fields of law, distinguished scholars and outstanding teachers.

Academic Preparation

No specific courses are required for admission. Students are encouraged to take writing and college preparatory courses while in high school.

Required Credit Hours and Courses for a Major

Thirty-two to 38 credits must be completed in an SJMC major (advertising, public relations, news-Internet, magazines, radio-TV producing or broadcast news). All SJMC students complete the following required classes:

Course Credits
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 3
JMC 104 - Communications Law and Ethics 3

Required Credits and Courses Outside Major

The Drake Curriculum, required of all undergraduates, is designed to help students meet personal and professional goals as they acquire fundamental knowledge and abilities in Areas of Inquiry, including communication, critical thinking, artistic experience, historical consciousness, information literacy, global and cultural understanding, scientific and quantitative literacy, values and ethics and engaged citizenship. Students work closely with their academic advisers to craft a program of study in general education that prepares students for civic and professional leadership.

The Drake Curriculum also requires first-year seminars, which foster development of critical thinking and written and oral communication skills through a topical focus; and a Senior Capstone, in which students demonstrate the capacity to bring information, skills and ideas to bear on one project.

The Honors Program is an alternative designed for motivated students who want to participate in challenging, discussion-based courses on interdisciplinary issues.

Graduate Program Requirements

Students who have met all requirements specified above, and who gain admission to the Law School, may start law school during their fourth year of enrollment. The SJMC will accept 21 to 24 credits of Law School credits as counting toward the 124 required for graduation and as satisfying area of concentration requirements. Law credits will not count toward the SJMC’s requirement for Arts and Sciences courses. Law courses will count toward the required hours outside of journalism. Once a student has successfully completed law school courses necessary to fulfill the required 124 hours of coursework for the bachelor's degree, the bachelor's degree will be awarded.

A student may withdraw from the journalism/3+3 law program at any time and complete his/her undergraduate study for the bachelor's degree.

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