School of Journalism and Media Studies
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Undergraduate Majors

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:
Undergraduate Degree Learning Outcomes

Because undergraduate programs in the School of Journalism & Media Studies are accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, we have adopted the ACEJMC competencies as our degree-learning outcomes, to which all course learning outcomes are aligned:

  1. Understand and apply the principles and laws of freedom of speech and press, including the right to dissent, to monitor and criticize power and to assemble and petition for redress of grievances.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the history and role of professionals and institutions in shaping communications.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of groups in a global society in relationship to communications.
  4. Understand concepts and apply theories in the use and presentation of images and information.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of professional ethical principles and work ethically in pursuit of truth, accuracy, fairness and diversity.
  6. Think critically, creatively and independently.
  7. Conduct research and evaluate information by methods appropriate to the communications professions in which they work.
  8. Write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the communications professions, audiences and purposes they serve.
  9. Critically evaluate their own work and that of others for accuracy and fairness, clarity, appropriate style and grammatical correctness.
  10. Apply basic numerical and statistical concepts.
  11. Apply tools and technologies appropriate for the communications professions in which they work.
More information about ACEJMC can be found on their website.