The mission of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications is to improve and strengthen the societal roles of the professions of journalism and mass communications through teaching, research and service. See our complete mission statement.
The School of Journalism and Mass Communications seeks to have a balance of faculty experience, bringing to the students a variety of scholarship and perspectives from focused researchers, work experiences, and scholarly work from creative specialists. The faculty includes nationally renowned scholars, photojournalists, creative directors, media planners, broadcast managers, reporters, editors, and graphic designers. In Fall 2015, students had access to 37 full-time faculty, 12 adjunct faculty, and 2 graduate teaching assistants.
We have an interesting and diverse group of students from all over the United States and abroad. In Fall 2015, we have 1,480 undergraduate students and 58 graduate students.
Retention and Graduation Rates
Our faculty and student services staff do an excellent job helping students to reach their goals and succeed in our program. The percentage of freshman students returning to the School of Journalism and Mass Communications as sophomores is among the highest at the university. These numbers demonstrate the personal attention and commitment extended to every student.
Typically, half of the 1,500 students at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications graduated in four years with the same major that they declared as incoming freshmen. Of those who do not, some take five or six years, some transfer out of the school to another major in the university, and some leave the university.
Three-quarters of our students return to the school as a sophomore. Of the 25% that we lose, over half transfer to another department within the university. We view this as good advising and helping 18-year-olds understand proper educational paths.
|Students' Cohort Year||Who Came Back for Sophomore Year with Original Major?||Who Graduated?||Who Graduated in Four Years with Original Major?|
Master of Mass Communication Students
Our Master of Mass Communication program has an outstanding record of student retention and graduation rates.
|MMC Cohort Year||How Many Students Began the MMC Program?||Who Came Back for Second Year?||Who Graduated within Two Years?|
|2007||14||93% (13 of 14)||85% (11 of 13)|
|2008||19||89% (17 of 19)||88% (15 of 17)|
|2009||20||90% (18 of 20)||83% (15 of 18)|
|2013||16||94% (15 of 16)||82%|
|2014||11||100%||100% on schedule to graduate in 2 years|
|2015||11||100%||100% on schedule to graduate in 2 years|