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College of Mass Communications and Information Studies

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About the School

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. 

Our Mission

The mission of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications is to improve and strengthen the societal roles of the professions of journalism and mass communications through teaching, research and service. See our complete mission statement and read a message from our director, Dr. Tom Weir.



The School of Journalism and Mass Communications seeks to have a balance of faculty experience, bringing to the students a variety of scholarship and perspectives from focused researchers, work experiences,  and scholarly work from creative specialists. The faculty includes nationally renowned scholars, photojournalists, creative directors, media planners, broadcast managers, reporters, editors, and graphic designers. In Fall 2013, students had access to 36 full-time faculty, 12 adjunct faculty, and 2 graduate teaching assistants.


We have an interesting and diverse group of students from all over the United States and abroad.  In Fall 2014, we had 1,502 undergraduate students and 58 graduate students.

Undergraduate Enrollment By Major
Advertising - 229
Broadcast Journalism - 297
Public Relations - 627
Journalism - 128
Mass Communications - 8
Visual Communications - 214

Retention and Graduation Rates

Our faculty and student services staff do an excellent job helping students to reach their goals and succeed in our program. The percentage of freshman students returning to the School of Journalism and Mass Communications as sophomores is among the highest at the university.  These numbers demonstrate the personal attention and commitment extended to every student.

Undergraduate Students

Typically, half of the 1,500 students at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications graduated in four years with the same major that they declared as incoming freshmen.   Of those who do not, some take five or six years, some transfer out of the school to another major in the university, and some leave the university.

Three-quarters of our students return to the school as a sophomore.  Of the 25% that we lose, over half transfer to another department within the university.  We view this as good advising and helping 18-year-olds understand proper educational paths.

Students' Cohort Year Who Came Back for Sophomore Year with Original Major? Who Graduated? Who Graduated in Four Years with Original Major?
2007 75.47% May, 2011 49.43%
2008 78.46% May, 2012 52.85%
2009 71.68% May, 2013 Data USC went live on the Banner student system in Fall 2013.  Because of this, the usual enrollment, course and degree reporting schedule has been delayed.  We hope to have this information available by Aug. 31, 2014.  


Master of Mass Communications Students

Of the few students who did not graduate by August of their second year, most graduated the following year. Of the 48 students reported here, only 1 dropped the program without explanation.

MMC Cohort Year How Many Students Began the MMC Program? Who Came Back for Second Year? Who Graduated within Two Years?
2010 18 89% 78%
2011 11 91% 82%
2012 9 100% 89%