The School of Journalism & Media Studies envisions a global society where citizens are engaged in their communities; where media professionals are ethical and committed to social justice, and embrace technology to serve the public good; and where people from all backgrounds think critically about the media.
The School’s curricula reflect these very important themes. Students are required to take a set of core classes in global communication and technology, ethics and law, and research methods for professional communicators. They also complement their in-class work with internships and service-learning projects in the community.
Programs within the School prepare students for careers in advertising, journalism, public relations, and other media industries, as well as for jobs in a technologically driven workforce landscape whose future media forms cannot be predicted. The School of Journalism & Media Studies also prepares students to enter careers as analysts, producers, and editors of media content in government and private industry, as well as for graduate education in a variety of disciplines and the law.
Areas of undergraduate study
The School of Journalism & Media Studies offers four programs leading to the B.A. degree in liberal arts and sciences. Students may major in journalism or in journalism with an emphasis in one of three areas – advertising, public relations, or media studies.
For a more in depth look at the JMS undergraduate areas of study, please follow the links below.
You can view more complete information regarding programs in the School of Journalism & Media Studies in the General Catalog. All students are responsible for reading and knowing the information pertinent to their areas of study available in the General Catalog. It contains requirements and prerequisites for all academic majors, course descriptions, policies, and regulations governing progress at the University. Catalogs are distributed at all Academic Orientation programs. To order a catalog, call (619) 594-7535.
The graduate program in the School of Journalism & Media Studies offers advanced study for individuals seeking additional knowledge of advertising, public relations, journalistic practices, emerging communication technologies, or the impact of mass communication practices on individuals, groups and society as a whole. The programs of study are appropriate for individuals who seek a career in the applied communication fields (journalism, advertising, public relations), who wish to pursue careers involving new media communication industries, who wish to teach at the community college level or who wish to continue studies of mass communication and media at the doctoral level.
Areas of graduate study
The School of Journalism & Media Studies offers the Master of Arts degree in Communication, with a specialization in Mass Communication and Media Studies. The School additionally offers a specialized master’s degree program for military Public Affairs Officers.
For a more in-depth look at the areas of graduate study in JMS, please follow the links below.
The School of Journalism & Media Studies offers minors in Advertising, Journalism and Public Relations. Admission to the minor requires completion of specific coursework and achieving a high cumulative GPA. Students whose majors are within the School of Journalism & Media Studies are NOT allowed to pursue a minor within the School. Once students have completed the pre-minor requirements, they are ready to be signed into the minor. For more information about JMS academic minors, please follow the link below.
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