The Bachelor of Arts with a major in journalism and mass communication requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including at least 42 s.h. in journalism and mass communication courses, plus a second major, certificate, or minor from the school’s approved list. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the major and in all UI courses for the major. They also must complete the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences GE CLAS Core.

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 the degree.

Each student works with an assigned educational advisor and/or faculty advisor 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.

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication may accept transfer credit in journalism earned at institutions accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. A maximum of 9 s.h. of approved transfer credit may be applied to the major in journalism and mass communication. Some journalism coursework taken at other schools may be used to fulfill the GE CLAS Core and/or second area of concentration requirements.

Students who wish to apply transfer credit toward School of Journalism and Mass Communication requirements must discuss the proposed transfer credit with a journalism advisor and must have approval from the head of undergraduate studies.

Listed below are the general categories of coursework required to earn the degree; for more specific information on courses, curriculum, and requirements of the Bachelor of Arts in journalism and mass communication, visit the UI General Catalog.

Degree Requirements
Title Hours
Introduction courses 10
Foundation courses 14
Application courses 15
Advanced or Capstone course 3
Second Major or Concentration Area (see below) 0
Total Hours 42

Second Major or Concentration Area

Every student majoring in journalism and mass communication must complete a second major, an approved certificate, or a concentration area outside the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Study in the second major or concentration area enables students to acquire a substantial body of knowledge or expertise in a relevant area, learn how another discipline views the world, and/or develop a companion set of skills to those in journalism and mass communication.

The Certificate in Media Entrepreneurialism does not satisfy the requirement for a second major or concentration area.

Specific Requirements for the Second Major or Concentration Area

Students must complete the requirements for the journalism and mass communication major (at least 42 s.h.) and must satisfy the school's second major or concentration area requirement in one of three ways.

Option 1: complete a B.A. major in another department.

Option 2: complete an undergraduate certificate or minor that is listed on the department’s approved list (students may not double count courses for their journalism and mass communication major and a certificate or minor). Students can choose from one of the following: aging and longevity studies, arts entrepreneurship, business administration minor, critical cultural competence, disability studies, drug delivery, entrepreneurial management, event management, geographic information science, global health studies, human rights, international business, interscholastic athletic/activities administration, Latin American studies, leadership studies, medieval studies, museum studies, Native American and Indigenous studies, naval hydrodynamics, nonprofit leadership and philanthropy, political risk analysis, public digital arts, public health, resilience and trauma-informed perspectives, risk management and insurance, social science analytics, sustainability, technological entrepreneurship, and writing.

Option 3: reasonable accommodations may be made for students who wish to develop their own secondary area of concentration, which must consist of a minimum of 24 s.h., and at least 15 of the 24 s.h. must be earned in advanced courses numbered 3000 or above or with approval of advisor.