Prospective Students

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Admission

The admission of students into the undergraduate degree program in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication goes beyond the general admission requirements of the University. A freshman student admitted into the program must meet these requirements:

  • Have a combined Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score of 800 for in-state students and 920 for out-of state students and achieve a high school cumulative grade point average of “B” or better.
  • If a student does not meet these criteria, he or she may enter the University as “Undecided.” When the student achieves a cumulative GPA of 2.5 at the University, he or she may be admitted as into the Journalism and Mass Communication major. 

Retention

All majors must meet certain requirements before beginning sophomore-level courses in their concentrations. They must demonstrate computer literacy skills (as the College of Arts and Sciences defines them). They also must:

  • Make a grade of 70 or better in the Grammar Proficiency Examination.
  • Make a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better in the first year of courses.
  • Make a “C” or better in ENGL 101.
In addition, to remain in good standing in the department, students must maintain a grade point average of at least 2.5 (on a scale of 0.0 to 4.0) in courses in the major.

Graduation

Journalism and Mass Communication majors must complete at least 124 to 126 (depending on concentration) semester hours of University courses, which will include 42 hours in the major. They also must earn a grade of “C” or better in journalism and mass communication courses. They must repeat any major course in which they earn a grade below “C” until they receive a “C” or better. To graduate, they must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 overall and 2.5 in the major (on the scale of 0.0 to 4).

For more information on graduation and retention rates, go to our Accountability page.

Exit Exam

The department administers an exit examination to students pursuing a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. The examination emphasizes the fundamental principles and skills necessary to excel in the core courses: News Writing, Media History, Digital Information Sources, and Communications Law and Ethics. Students must pass the exit examination before they receive a degree from the university with a major in journalism and mass communication. They may take the test in the junior or senior year, and may retake it until they pass it.