More Undergraduate Program Information
Program: The Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) program enrolls 650 students and uses innovative teaching technologies, empowering strategies for responsible democratic engagement, and an integrated curriculum to foster excellence among its students. Students are trained for successful careers in advertising, broadcast, print and online media, photojournalism, public relations, and media analysis. Students will earn a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and can choose from one of the following majors: advertising, broadcast news, broadcast production, media studies, and news editorial.
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 & 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.
Prospective students apply to the University of Colorado as freshmen directly to one of the five sequence majors or to JMC open option. Transfer students would apply directly to one of the five sequence majors. More about application requirements for the undergraduate program.
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Upon completion of their studies in the program, students receive a bachelor of science degree in journalism from one of five sequences.