Journalism and Media Communication is a diverse community of scholars, journalists, media creators, and professional communicators. We think critically and strategically, striving for truth and impact through substance and style.

Mission & Values

We explore the uses and effects of media through teaching, scholarship, creative activity, and engagement. Our community represents a broad diversity of voices and perspectives to inspire fairness, accuracy, and responsibility through academic and professional collaboration.

Academic Program Offerings

The Department of Journalism & Media Communication offers...

  • An undergraduate degree with on-campus, online, and accelerated degree completion options.
  • Four academic minors in science communication, music, stage and sports production, information science and technology, and media studies.
  • Three graduate degrees and a graduate certificate that support teaching, research, advanced creative skills, and leadership opportunities in academia and professional media.
  • More than 100 unique classes, scores of camera kits and accessories, six computer labs, and one high-definition television studio.
  • More than 50 faculty members, advisors, and professional staff members dedicated to supporting more than 500 undergraduate and graduate students.
  • A close partnership with one of the largest independent student media organizations in the country.

Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate students focus on Journalism and Storytelling, Media Production, or Strategic Communication in a nationally accredited undergraduate degree program.

Graduate Programs

The research-focused M.S. in Journalism and Media Communication explores both theory and practical applications of media. Graduates are prepared to lead communication efforts in a variety of industries and fields, including digital media, science communication, environmental communication, and more.
The M.S. in Communication and Media Management is designed for working communicators who want to become experts in digital media, communication trends, and management strategies to accelerate their career advancement.
The Ph.D. in Media Communication targets prospective academics and research professionals by exploring public understanding of contemporary issues and personal impacts of communication technologies.

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Specialties & Research Focus

Our academic programs emphasize research as a key to discovery and dissemination of knowledge. Faculty members focus their communication research and creative media efforts in the areas of science, health, environment, natural resources agriculture, technology, gaming, media law, public relations, advertising, creative video and audio, journalism, and international communication, among others.

Department History

For more than 50 years, the Department of Journalism and Media Communication has supported student success, adapting to technological and cultural changes impacting the media industry. Watch a short documentary about the history of the department and the importance that journalism and media communication will have for generations to come.