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Magazine Media

The information on this page pertains to students who were admitted to Drake during the 2018-2019 academic year or were admitted to Drake prior to the 2018-2019 academic year and declared a change to the 2018-2019 catalog requirements.

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

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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 media majors also work outside of classes on the nationally award-winning Drake Magazine.

The Magazine Media major enrolls about 75 students. Class sizes average 18 students.

Accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Drake is among 115 accredited programs worldwide. 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 ensure selection of courses best-suited to their educational and career objectives.  Please see Graduation Requirements and Regulations sections of the catalog for additional information.

Magazine Media Major Requirements

Required courses for the Magazine Media major are as follows:

Course Credits
JMC 063 - Video for Journalists 3
JMC 070 - Media Editing 3
JMC 091 - Magazine Staff Writing 3
JMC 105 - Web Page Design 3
JMC 119 - Magazine Publishing 3
JMC 120 - Feature Writing 3
JMC 172 - Journalism Capstone 3
JMC Electives (up to five credits)

Magazine Media Minor Requirements

The magazine media minor provides students with an overview of how to tell meaningful stories, deliver reliable information and communicate effectively with an audience. Students gain experience in basic magazine writing and editing. Students also have the opportunity to select from several courses for magazine journalists including options such as web page design, video production, and feature writing.

Required courses for the Magazine Media minor are as follows:

Course Credits
JMC 054 - Reporting and Writing Principles 3
JMC 070 - Media Editing 3
JMC 091 - Magazine Staff Writing 3
JMC 104 - Media Law and Ethics 3
JMC 119 - Magazine Publishing, or
JMC 120 - Feature Writing
JMC 055 - Digital Strategies, or
JMC 105 - Web Page Design
JMC 059 - Introduction to Visual Communication, or
JMC 063 - Video for Journalists

2018-2019 Drake University Undergraduate Catalog
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