About Our Degree Programs
Challenge. Creativity. Communication.
We help our students discover the power of storytelling – the news story, the feature story, the visual story, the client's story. And, in the process, we help our students discover their own brand stories: who they are, what unique skills and abilities they offer and what they want to do with their professional lives.
Kent State University's School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) offers majors that prepare students for careers in the rapidly changing media and communication industries. We emphasize practical training at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The University's core curriculum gives students a strong background in the liberal arts to complement JMC's professional training.
As part of the coursework of all majors, students must complete professional internships in their fields of study. We also bring the professional world into the School through our award-winning, independent Student Media and student organizations, including the campus daily newspaper, the Daily Kent Stater, and the online KentWired; the campus radio station, Black Squirrel Radio; the student-run television station, TV2; the campus magazine, The Burr and its website, theburr.com; five special-interest student magazines; our nationally renowned Public Relations Student Society of America chapter, PRSSA Kent; the student-run advertising agency, Handsome Duckling; and the student-run integrated marketing communications firm, IdeaBase, (formerly The Tannery.)
The School of Journalism and Mass Communication offers students a selection of specialized majors with concentrations ranging from news journalism to electronic media production, all of which lead to a Bachelor of Science Degree. Kent State University's Graduation Planning System (GPS) offers current and detailed information on admissions and degree requirements.
In your first semester as a journalism major at Kent State University, you will take an orientation class taught by a JMC instructor. You will also be assigned a professional academic advisor who will be available to help you with scheduling and other curricular matters. You also may contact Greg Blase, JMC Associate Director, via e-mail or through the main JMC office at 330-672-2572 with additional questions about JMC majors.
A 2.75 grade point average overall at Kent State and a 2.75 in JMC courses are required for graduation for both JMC majors and minors. A 2.75 overall GPA is also required to enroll in JMC courses. In addition, no grade lower than a C- (1.7) in a journalism and mass communication course will be counted toward graduation or as a prerequisite for a subsequent class.
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