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Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate Studies in Journalism and Mass Communication

The School of the Journalism and Mass Communication undergraduate programs (B.A. and B.S.) prepare students for modern careers in both traditional and new communication fields. The prestigious program’s mission is to “enhance creativity, skills, knowledge and critical thinking abilities."  We continually add new, exciting courses to keep current with revolutions happening every day in the media world.

We are the only unit at Iowa that specializes in teaching professional communication concepts, strategies, and skills. At UI-SJMC students explore multimedia communication such as media writing, video production, social media, and new technologies changing the face of global media today. Our courses integrate the development of professional skills with the theoretical consideration of the role of media in society and a strong foundation of ethics. Our program also builds on the University's commitment to the liberal arts, requiring that majors complete extensive academic work outside of the school.

With an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, graduates are able to go in a multitude of career paths based on their specific passions. Some of these fields include:

  • Broadcast
  • Corporate/Government Communications
  • Event Planning
  • Marketing
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Nonprofit Management/ Fundraising
  • Public Relations

To learn more about where recent SJMC graduates are now, view our Job Placement list.