More Undergraduate Program Information
Note for prospective and current students: On June 27, 2014, the University of Colorado Board of Regents created a new College of Media, Communication and Information which will include academic sequences previously housed in the Journalism & Mass Communication program. The JMC degrees offered on this website are no longer available for application by prospective CU-Boulder students.
If you are already enrolled in the Journalism & Mass Communication program, your degree requirements are not affected by the new college.
Prospective Students: Please see the CMCI website for descriptions of the Departments of Advertising, Public Relations and Media Design; Journalism; Media Studies and other majors in the areas of communication, media and technology.
Current JMC Undergraduate Programs: The current JMC program offers the bachelor of science degree in journalism from one of five sequences: advertising,broadcast news, broadcast production, media studiesand news-editorial. Current JMC students are required to complete an Additional Field of Study in a second academic field. Here’s a list of your AFS options.
Current Students: If you are already enrolled in the JMC program, your degree requirements are not affected by the new college. You will fulfill the degree requirements already in place when you declared your major. For more information, see this FAQ.
Undergraduate Graduation and Retention Rates
The following tables represent the graduation and retention rates of students entering the program in Journalism & Mass Communication. The graduation tables represent those students coming directly in as freshmen (the program did not start full direct admits from high school until fall 2012) and those students who transferred, either internally or externally, directly into the program. The retention table represents only the freshmen directly admitted to the program
|Graduating in 4 yrs||65%||67%||89%||83%|
|Graduating in 5 yrs||73%||85%||96%|
|Graduating in 6 yrs||73%||87%|
|Transfers into the program:|
|Graduating in 4 yrs||89%||92%||90%||88%||85%||88%|
|Graduating in 5 yrs||92%||94%||91%||88%||85%|
|Graduating in 6 yrs||92%||94%||91%||89%|
|Retention rates for JMC majors based on enrollment the second fall semester after admission:|
Journalism Plus: Students entering as journalism majors starting with spring 2012 will fulfill current JMC major requirements and will also be required to choose an additional field of study, typically in the College of Arts and Sciences. Examples include Political Science, Environmental Studies, Art and Art History, English or International Affairs. The additional field of study will provide the students the analytical abilities, research tools and knowledge of a subject to give them depth and context to the content they provide as journalists.
In addition to the required courses, the program offers all students a wide range of classes in many aspects of media practice including photojournalism, electronic and digital journalism, advertising creative development, consumer behavior, publication design, magazine article writing, public relations principles and projects and communication law.
Media criticism and analysis are also broadly represented in the curriculum through courses such as media institutions and economics, media ethics, mass communication history, international mass communication and special-topics offerings.
Students may also complete requirements for the Technology Arts & Media (TAM) Certificate. The TAM Program, based within the ATLAS Institute, offers two undergraduate programs: a Minor in Technology, Arts and Media (MTAM) and a smaller Certificate in Digital Media (CDM). The Minor is intended for students who wish to pursue careers and research related to digital media, whereas the Certificate is intended for students who are interested in the fundamentals of digital media production.
The undergraduate Certificate in International Media (IMC) is designed to give students a strong conceptual understanding of both communication media and international politics. Offered jointly by the International Affairs Program, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Journalism & Mass Communication program, the International Media coursework allows students to study the geography, economics, history and policies that shape contemporary practices in media around the world.
Upon completion of their studies in the program, students receive a bachelor of science degree in journalism from one of five sequences.