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 the Jayplay student magazine provide valuable experience but require considerable time.  If there is a chart delete it.

What about a double major?
You may double major in journalism and in a field in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, such as English, a foreign language, history or political science. You will earn both a B.S. in journalism and a B.A. or B.S. in your College major.

Can I do a business minor?

Yes!  The business minor will fulfill the area distribution requirement for graduation in the School of Journalism.

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 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.

Can I get a scholarship?
The School of Journalism has scholarship funds that are memorials to faculty or students or are intended to help students in certain majors or from certain locales. 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 on April 26, the J-School recognizes over 100 outstanding students with more than $340,000 in scholarships and awards. 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 or jadvising@ku.edu


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Learn about careers, internships & jobs

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. 

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Best ad staff in the nation: 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012. —College Newspaper Business & Advertising Managers
85 percent of classes have fewer than 50 students
2nd place: Hearst Foundation “College Pulitzers” national writing contest, 2011
Top-ranked teachers, including National Journalism Teacher of the Year Doug Ward
71 percent of classes have 30 or fewer students
Students prepare marketing projects for Sprint, Coca-Cola, NASA, and other corporations
81 percent of 2011 journalism graduates were employed full time six months after graduating
—University of Georgia study