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College
College of Communication and Information
Department
School of Journalism and Mass Communication

201 Franklin Hall
Tel: 330-672-2572
E-mail: jmc@kent.edu
Web: http://jmc.kent.edu

Description

The Bachelor of Science in Journalism comprises three journalism concentrations: broadcast news, magazine and multimedia news.

In the Broadcast News concentration, students learn to report, write and produce news for television and radio stations. Students may work at TV2, which broadcasts news daily on a local cable network, Black Squirrel Radio and Kentwired.com. Graduates can find employment in radio or television news and online news sites.

In the Magazine concentration, students learn all aspects of the reporting, writing, editing and production of digital and print magazines. Students also work at The Burr, theburr.com, the Daily Kent Stater and Kentwired.com. Graduates can find writing or editing positions at magazines, newspapers or news web sites.

In the Multimedia News concentration, students learn all aspects of the reporting, editing and design of print and online news. They work for the Daily Kent Stater and Kentwired.com for at least one semester as part of a reporting class and many continue their involvement beyond that course. Most graduates find employment at daily newspapers or news web sites.

Journalism and mass communication majors supplement their coursework with an internship in their field of specialization. Other opportunities for practical experience include news, production, management, sales, performance and advertising positions on the campus newspaper, the Daily Kent Stater, and its online edition; the campus television station, TV-2; the campus radio station, Black Squirrel Radio; and the campus magazine, the Burr, and its online edition.
 

Career Opportunities

As technological innovation changes how news is delivered, journalists increasingly will be working for online or mobile outlets. Students learn all facets of multimedia. As the ownership of media shifts, they also are encouraged to seek out opportunities to learn about entrepreneurship in courses or projects.
 

Admission Requirements

Students first entering the university, whether from high school or transferring from another institution, are admitted directly into one of the ten JMC majors/concentrations. A Kent State GPA of 2.750 must be maintained to continue taking JMC courses.

Current Kent State students wishing to pursue a major in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication must have a GPA of 2.750 or higher to be admitted directly into one of the ten majors/concentrations.

Current Kent State students with a GPA lower than 2.750 (but 2.000 or higher) may be admitted as journalism and mass communication pre-majors after consultation with a JMC academic advisor.
 

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 124 credit hours and minimum 2.750 cumulative and major GPA . Minimum 72 credit hours taken outside the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Only general elective courses may be taken as pass/fail, of which maximum 12 credit hours may be taken as pass/fail. A 2.750 overall GPA is also required to enroll in JMC courses.

Students who fall below a 2.750 overall will be allowed to remain in JMC courses for which they are already registered for one more semester. They will be given one semester to bring their overall GPA up to the school minimum. Failure to do so will result in not being permitted to enroll in JMC courses until their overall GPA reaches the school minimum. In addition, no grade lower than a C- (1.700) in a JMC course will be counted toward graduation or as a prerequisite for a subsequent class.
 

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

There are many study abroad/away opportunities. For more information contact the Office of Global Education or CCI's Coordinator of International Programs.
 

Program Fee

$60/semester

Accreditation

Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
 

Student Organizations

National Association of Black Journalists, Public Relations Student Society of America, National Press Photographers Association, American Advertising Federation Student Chapter, Kappa Tau Alpha. Student Media: Artemis, The Daily Kent Stater, The Burr and Cyburr, UHURU, Luna Negra, Fusion, TV2, Black Squirrel Radio, KentWired.com
 

Advanced Degree Programs

Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

 

I. DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE  (1 credit)
Type
Course Title Credits
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
II. MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (18 credits)  Courses count in major GPA*
Type Course Title Credits
  JMC 20003 Introduction to Mass Communication** 3
    20006 Multimedia Techniques 3
    26001 Multimedia Newswriting 3
    26005 Multimedia Storytelling 3
    40006 Law of Mass Communication 3
WIC   40010 Ethics and Issues in Mass Communication*** 3
III. ADDITIONAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (67 credits)  
Type Course Title Credits
KAD COMM 15000 Introduction to Human Communication 3
    21000 Communication Grammar Review**** 1
KSS ECON 22060 Principles of Microeconomics 3
  ENG English upper-division elective 3
KHU
DD
HIST 12070 History of the United States: The Formative Period 3
KHU
DD
  12071 History of the United States: The Modern Period 3
  LIS 10010

30010
Information Fluency
or
Information Fluency in the Workplace and Beyond
3
KAD
DD
POL 10100 American Politics 3
  VCD 14001 Visual Design Literacy 3
  Choose from the following: 3
KSS
DG
POL 10004 Comparative Politics (3)  
KSS
DD
PSYC 11762 General Psychology (3)  
KSS SOC 12050 Introduction to Sociology (3)  
  Choose from the following: 3-4
  POL 20001 Political Methods (3)  
  PSYC 21621 Quantitative Methods in Psychology (3)  
  SOC 32220

32221
Data Analysis (3)
and
Data Analysis Laboratory (1)
 
  Kent Core Composition 6-8
  Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning 3-5
  Kent Core Fine Arts 3
  Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory) 6-7
  Non-JMC General Electives (2 credit hours upper division) 18
IV. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (38 credits) 
  Broadcast News (38)
  Magazine (38)
  Multimedia News (38)
MINIMUM TOTAL  124

 


* No grade lower than a C- (1.700) in a JMC course will be counted toward graduation or as a prerequisite for a subsequent class.

**Students who successfully complete JMC 20001 prior to declaring a JMC major may use it as a substitute for JMC 20003.

***A minimum C (2.000) grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement. Students declaring the combined degree program with the master's in journalism and mass communication will satisfy the writing-intensive requirement with JMC 60003 Ethics in Mass Communication.

**** A minimum C (2.000) grade must be earned.

Special Major Note:

Students who pass 15 credits of non-remedial academic coursework each fall and spring semester and the 1-credit First Year Experience course will accumulate 121 credits in four years. This major requires 124 credits for graduation. Students can stay on track for graduation by:

  • Declaring their major as freshmen and completing all courses in sequence (bear in mind that switching majors may cause a delay in graduation);
  • Prioritizing required courses above electives;
  • Meeting regularly with their academic advisors to stay on track;
  • Passing each required course the first time attempted and maintaining the minimal GPA for the major;
  • Successfully completing more than 15 credit hours of relevant coursework (field-based work, internship) during academic semesters; and/or
  • Completing relevant coursework (field-based work, internship) during summer sessions.

 

 

Broadcast News Concentration

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.

 I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (21 credits)  Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
  JMC 26008 Broadcast Beat Reporting 4
     40004

40012
Computer-Assisted Reporting (3)
or
Online Journalism (3)
3
ELR   40192 Internship in Radio/Television 1
    46003 Producing Television News 3
    46009 Reporting Public Affairs 4
    46052

46054
Advanced Broadcast News (3)
or
Broadcast Documentary (3)
3
    JMC upper-division elective  3
 II. ADDITIONAL CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (17 credits) 
Type Course Title Credits
  General Electives (minimum 4 credit hours of Non-JMC, 11 credit hours must be upper-division)* 17
TOTAL 38


*Any JMC course taken is calculated in the major GPA. Minimum 72 credit hours must be taken outside JMC.

 

 

Magazine Concentration

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.

 I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (30 credits)  Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
  JMC 26007 Print Beat Reporting 4
    36005 Copyediting 3
ELR   40092 Internship 1
    46009 Reporting Public Affairs 4
    46016 Magazine Publishing 3
    46018 Feature Writing 3
    46020
46056
Magazine Design or
Cybermedia Production
3
    46021 Magazine Writing and Editing 3
  Choose from the following: 6-7
  JMC 26008 Broadcast Beat Reporting (4)  
    32001 Photojournalism I (3)  
    40004 Computer-Assisted Reporting (3)  
    40012 Online Journalism (3)  
    40015 Media Management (3)  
    40091 Business Media Seminar (3)  
     46000 Newspaper Design (3)  
    46001 Information Graphics (3)  
    46006 Editorial Writing (3)  
    46007 Reporting in Depth (3)  
     46020 Magazine Design (3)  
    46021 Magazine Writing and Editing (3)  
    46054 Broadcast Documentary (3)  
    46091 New York Media Seminar(3)  
 II. ADDITIONAL CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (8 credits) 
Type Course Title Credits
  ENTR 27056 Introduction to Entrepreneurship 3
  VCD 37000 Visual Design for Media: Advanced* 3
  General Electives (upper-division)** 2
TOTAL 38


* Students who successfully complete VCD 13001 may use it as a substitute for VCD 37000.

** Any JMC course taken is calculated in the major GPA. Minimum 72 credit hours must be taken outside JMC.

 

 

Multimedia News Concentration

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.

 I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (27 credits)  Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
  JMC 26007 Print Beat Reporting 4
    36005 Copyediting 3
    40004

40012
Computer-Assisted Reporting (3)
or
Online Journalism (3)
3
ELR   40092 Internship 1
    46000 Newspaper Design 3
    46009 Reporting Public Affairs 4
    46018 Feature Writing 3
  Choose from the following: 6-7
  JMC 26008 Broadcast Beat Reporting (4)  
     32001 Photojournalism I (3)  
    40004 Computer-Assisted Reporting (3)  
    40012 Online Journalism (3)  
    40015 Media Management (3)  
    46001 Information Graphics (3)  
    46006 Editorial Writing (3)  
    46007 Reporting in Depth (3)  
    46016 Magazine Publishing (3)  
    46020 Magazine Design (3)  
    46021 Magazine Writing and Editing (3)  
    46054 Broadcast Documentary (3)  
    46056 Cybermedia Production (3)  
 II. ADDITIONAL CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (11 credits) 
Type Course Title Credits
  VCD 37000 Visual Design for Media: Advanced* 3
  General Electives (1 hour Non-JMC and minimum 5 credit hours must be upper-division)** 8
TOTAL 38


* Student who successfully complete VCD 13001 may use it as a substitute for VCD 37000.

**Any JMC course taken is calculated in the major GPA. Minimum 72 credit hours taken outside JMC.