Journalism & Mass Communication

The power of storytelling.

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) helps 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.

JMC offers four 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.


Students can complete some Kent Core coursework at Kent State Stark before transitioning to the Kent Campus to complete their JMC degrees.

Kent Core Social Science Requirement

Kent State Stark offers JMC 20001: Media, Power & Culture, which satisfies a Kent Core Social Science requirement and a Domestic Diversity requirement.

The purpose of Media, Power & Culture is to help students become more knowledgeable and critical consumers of mass media. This requires some knowledge of the evolution of mass media into their current forms; the legal constraints upon and rights of mass communicators; the social, political and economic forces that play a role in shaping mass media and the content of their messages; and the theoretical perspectives and empirical evidence regard mass media effects on the individual consumer. It is impossible to become a critical consumer of the mass media in abstract. Critical thinking skills can be developed only through direct interaction with the mass media and their messages. As part of this course, students are required to stay abreast with current media issues.