Steady Progress. Early Completion. Next Chapter.
Accelerated Programs are designed for students to supplement fall and spring courses with courses taken over two to three summers. Students can make steady academic progress, complete their degree early, and be on their way to their next chapter in life.
The Journalism and Media Communication department at Colorado State University is excited to provide programs for students to graduate by the end of their third spring or summer term for select programs of study. Accelerated Programs typically include 15-16 credits each fall and spring semester for three years, plus 6-9 credits over three summer sessions. Students who enter CSU with prior credit (AP, IB, transfer, etc.) may use applicable courses to further accelerate their graduation. This includes students who began at a two-year Colorado institution following a CSU Statewide Agreement or a Transfer Student.
Interested students will meet with their advisor or academic support coordinator to discuss whether an accelerated program is realistic and beneficial based on their life situation as well as academic and career goals. Students should also visit with staff in the Office of Financial Aid for additional options and resources. To declare their intent, students will complete the Accelerated Programs Agreement provided by their advisor. If at any time the student changes their mind, they will meet with their advisor to discuss taking more time for degree completion and, if using financial aid, contact the Office of Financial Aid.
While pursuing Accelerated Programs has many benefits, there are also trade-offs. Students who graduate in 3 or 3 ½ years will need to invest in summer tuition, fees, and related expenses, but may reduce their overall cost of attendance. The opportunity to enter a graduate or professional degree program or begin earning a professional salary earlier may enhance lifetime earnings.
While completing 120 credits within the shorter time frame, students may not have the opportunity to explore majors and add additional programs of study such as minors or second majors. If students change their major, an accelerated path may no longer work for them.
journalism degrees from CSU
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Media Communication (B.A.)
The JMC department is accredited by ACEJMC, the leading accreditation body for comparable academic programs. For more information about JMC's undergraduate degree programs, please visit our Undergraduate page and CSU online.
Leverage your creativity and your interest in world events, storytelling, and media technology to earn a degree that can lead to a wide variety of careers. Hone your writing and editing skills, learn to use digital technology to reach and engage audiences around the globe, and gain perspective on the role of media in our society.