Undergraduate FAQ

What undergraduate degrees can I earn?
Undergraduate students earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in one of two tracks: News and Information or Strategic Communication. The School offers a journalism minor as well.

Which track should I select?
If you see yourself reporting, writing or editing news—online, broadcast or print—choose the News and Information track. If you see yourself developing advertising, public relations or promotional campaigns, or working to help corporations, governments or organizations communicate, choose the Strategic Communication track. 

What will my course load be like?
A normal semester load is 15 hours. Undergraduate Journalism majors take 40 hours of coursework in the J-School. The B.S. program also requires a generous sampling of courses in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Upper-level courses, internships and jobs on the University Daily Kansan, KUJH-TV or Media Crossroads provide valuable experience but require considerable time.  If there is a chart delete it.

What about a double major?
Absolutely! Journalism students are well-rounded with a variety of interests. A non-journalism major or minor is required as part of your degree. See an advisor for details.

What is the faculty like?
All faculty members are experts in their fields, and many are leaders in professional organizations. They bring real-world experience to the classroom. They also serve as mentors for students. The Faculty pages have links to profiles of individual faculty members. Faculty at the J-School are very student-centered.

What about internships and job placement?
The Journalism Career Center offers leads, tips, coaching and other assistance in getting both internships while in school and jobs after graduation. Employers from around the United States come to the School throughout each year to interview candidates for internships and jobs.

How do I apply to the School?
Please see full admission requirements online. If you have any questions about your status, please contact Ashley Anguiano, recruitment and retention coordinator at 785-864-4768.

I'm not majoring in journalism but want to take some journalism courses. Which can I take?
Please see this list for journalism courses that all KU students can take.

Can I get a scholarship?
The School of Journalism awards a variety of scholarship funds that were donated by alumni and friends of the School. These are awarded through the KU Endowment Association. The deadline for scholarship applications is December 1st of each academic year. Visit our scholarship information page for details. At this year's awards & scholarships ceremony, the J-School recognized over 100 outstanding students with more than $340,000 in scholarships and awards. See additional opportunities for journalism students here. KU's external scholarship site, www.scholarships.ku.edu, is an excellent resource for external scholarships.

Where can I get more information?
Student Services Office
Stauffer-Flint Hall, 1435 Jayhawk Blvd., Rm 117 Lawrence, KS 66045-7575
(785) 864-4080 | jadvising@ku.edu


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The Journalism Career Center helps J-School students explore their career options and find internships and jobs. Patty Noland, the J-School's Career Development Coordinator, is ready to help you at any stage in your college career—whether you're just beginning to explore the possibilities or you're ready to enter the job market. Schedule an appointment today!

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71 percent of classes have 30 or fewer students
New student strategic communication agency begins in fall 2014
83 percent of 2013 journalism graduates were employed full time six months after graduating
Our integrated marketing communications master’s program is the only nationally accredited one of its kind in the region
32 percent of journalism students graduate with one internship; 55 percent graduate with two or more internships
Journalism students graduate with portfolios of work created for professional clients
International journalism study abroad internships in Dublin, London, Madrid, Sydney and Shanghai