Media & Journalism

The School of Media and Journalism, one of five schools in Kent State’s College of Communication and Information, helps students discover the power of storytelling – the news story, the feature story, the multimedia story, the client’s story and the short film. And in the process, we help students discover their own brand stories: who they are, what unique skills they offer and what they want to do with their professional lives.

Media and Journalism 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 Media and Journalism's professional training.


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

  • Media and Journalism Majors - Finish at the Kent Campus
    - Advertising
    - Digital Media Production
    - Journalism
    - Public Relations
  • Media and Journalism Minors - Finish at the Kent Campus
    - Advertising
    - Digital Media Production
    - Fashion Media
    - Media Literacy
    - Photojournalism
    - Public Relations
    - Visual Journalism


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.