Academics | Kent State University

Academics

Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs that prepare students for careers in the rapidly changing media and communication industries. The University's core curriculum gives students a strong background in the liberal arts to complement JMC's professional training.

Undergraduate Majors and Minors

Our four undergraduate degrees emphasize the power of storytelling: the news story, the feature story, the visual story, the client’s story. In the process, students discover their own brand and story: who they are, what unique skills and abilities they offer and what they want to do with their professional lives.

Advertising Digital Media Production Journalism Public Relations

Being media literate, social savvy and a compelling storyteller can enhance any career, from fashion design to business management. We offer several minors that complement majors across the university.

Learn about our minors.

Graduate Degrees

Our programs in media management, public relations and reporting and editing give students a solid background in preparation for professional or academic careers.

Learn about our graduate degrees.

Advising and GPA 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. 

A 2.00 grade point average overall at Kent State and a 2.70 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.

Learn more about Advising.