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Accreditation

We are one of 111 programs approved by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.

Fall 2013 Enrollment
1517 undergraduate students and 57 graduate students.

Undergraduate Enrollment By Major
Advertising - 229
Public Relations - 610
Broadcast Journalism - 310
Journalism (includes Mass. Comm.) - 138
Visual Communications - 230

Retention and Graduation Rates for our Undergraduate Students

Students’ Cohort Year

Who Came Back for Sophomore Year with Original Major?

Who Graduated?

Who Graduated in Four Years with Original Major?

2007

75.47%

May, 2011

49.43%

2008

78.46%

May, 2012

52.85%

2009

71.68%

May, 2013

Data not available until after September ‘13

Typically, half of the 1,500 students at the Journalism and Mass Communications School graduated in four years with the same major that they declared as incoming freshmen.   Of those who do not, some take five or six years, some transfer out of the School to another major in the university, and some leave the university.

Three quarters of our students return to the Journalism School as a sophomore.  Of the 25% that we lose, over half transfer to another department within the university.  We view this as good advising and helping 18-year-olds understand proper educational paths.

Retention and Graduation Rates for our MMC Students

MMC Cohort Year

How Many Students Began the MMC Program?

Who Came Back for Second Year?

Who Graduated within Two Years?

2009

19

95%

79%

2010

18

89%

78%

2011

11

91%

82%

Of the few students who did not graduate by August of their second year, most graduated the following year. Of the 48 students reported here, only 1 dropped the program without explanation.

Faculty
37 faculty, 12 adjunct faculty, and 2 graduate teaching assistants.

Dr. Carol J. Pardun is the director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Charles Bierbauer is the dean of the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies.

Programs of Study

Bachelor of Arts - a degree in journalism and mass communications with a choice of six majors:   advertising, public relations, broadcast journalism, print journalism, journalism (mass communications concentration), visual communications.

Master of Arts - for those planning to pursue a doctorate who will eventually teach in the field.

Master of Mass Communications - for students with undergraduate degrees in other academic areas who seek a professional degree in journalism and mass communications.

Ph.D. - for students seeking research and management careers in media, public relations, advertising, and teaching or research positions in higher education.

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