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The Journalism and Mass Communication Major

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts  with a major in Journalism and Mass Communication requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including 36-48 s.h. in Journalism and Mass Communication courses – depending on when you entered the major. Students will also be required to do a substantial body of coursework in a second discipline to develop an area of expertise that can be applied to their journalism studies.  

Students may count a maximum of 48 s.h. earned in School of Journalism and Mass Communication courses (prefix JMC) toward the 120 s.h. required for a B.A. degree. Each student works with an educational advisor and a faculty mentor to develop a study plan that meets the major's requirements. Requirements for the major are consistent with the program's accreditation requirements; the school cannot make exceptions. 

Students Entering the Major Fall 2019 and after

Students Who Entered the Major Fall 2016 - Summer 2019

Students Who Entered the Major Prior to Fall 2016: Please contact SJMC Senior Academic Advisor, Anna Newnum ( or 319-335-3845)

To learn how to graduate from the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication with Honors credit, view the Honors page.

All students must complete the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences General Education Program. Students must maintain a GPA of at least 2.00 in the major.