Admission Requirements


The admission of students into the undergraduate degree program in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication must meet university requirements.


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.
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.


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).

The department holds fall and spring graduation ceremonies to honor and recognize outstanding graduating seniors. 

For more information on graduation and retention rates, go here.

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.