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Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication with a major in News-Internet.

Description of Program

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 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 111 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 2011.

Requirements for Major

Thirty-five journalism credits with 3 journalism elective hours (optional) and 3 non-journalism courses are required to complete the news-internet major.

Suggested progression of classes:

All classes are 3 credit hours except when indicated ( )

News Internet

First-Sophomore Years


Junior-Senior Years

JMC 030

Communications in Society


JMC 070

Print Media Editing

JMC 031(1)

Multimedia Lab


JMC 098

Advanced Reporting for Print and Online

JMC 040(1)

Pre-professional Workshop


JMC 102

Multimedia Journalism

JMC 054

Reporting and Writing Principles


JMC 103

Public Affairs Journalism Online

JMC 059

Intro to Visual Communication


JMC 105

Web Page Design

JMC 066

Media Responsibility Over Time


JMC 104

Communication Law and Ethics

HIST 076

US History Since 1877



POLS 001

American Political Systems




SCSS 001

Survey 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 SJMC adviser.
  • Maintain a 2.0 grade point average the first 60 hours at Drake and a 2.25 after the 30thhour.

Students should see Graduation Requirements and Regulations sections of the catalog for additional information.

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