Advising


Meet Your Advisors

We are your go-to resource for anything related to the J-School. Whether you’re exploring our major, a current student looking for direction, or a senior about to launch your career, our academic advisors are here to help.

J-School Advising Team

Eddie Munoz

Eddie Muñoz

Eddie advises students with last names A-H.
Reach Eddie at emunoz@ku.edu
Dan McCarthy

Dan McCarthy

Dan advises students with the last name M-U.
Reach Dan at dan@ku.edu
Frances Lyons

Frances Lyons

Frances advises students with the last name I-L and V-Z.
Reach Frances at flyons@ku.edu

Our Mission

The mission of the advising team at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications is to provide accurate and personalized information, allowing students to make informed decisions on their personal, professional and academic plans. We inform students of the resources available to help them learn more about themselves, the J-School and the University of Kansas. We teach students to take responsibility of their growth and education. 


Scheduling an Appointment

Students admitted to the School of Journalism and Mass Communications

  • You can schedule an appointment through Jayhawk GPS or the “Academics” tab in the myKU portal.
  • Instructions for scheduling can be found at Jayhawk GPS.
  • You will be able to access calendars for Dan McCarthy, Eddie Muñoz or Frances Lyons and request an appointment online.

Pre-journalism students

  • You can schedule an appointment by calling 785-864-4080 or by stopping in Room 117, Stauffer-Flint Hall.

Phone: 785-864-4080

Email: jadvising@ku.edu

Stop by: Stauffer-Flint Hall, Room 117, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday


Degree Requirements Overview

45%
KU CORE/Degree Specific Requirements
40%
Journalism and Mass Communications
15%
General Electives

Sample Graduation Plans

Courses in bold should be taken in the order shown.

Digital Marketing Communications, Advertising and Public Relations

Fall Total: 15 Hours

JMC 101: Media and Society (KU Core 3.S) (3)

JMC 104: Writing Essentials (KU Core 2.1) (3)

Minor Course (3)

KU Core GE 3.H (3)

Non-JMC General Elective (3)

Spring Total: 15 Hours

JMC 300: Visual Storytelling (2)

JMC 302: Information Exploration (KU Core 1.1) (3)

JMC Tech Tools (1)

KU Core GE 1.2 (3)

KU Core GE 2.2 (3)

Non-JMC General Elective (3)

Fall Total: 15 hours

JMC 304: Media Writing for Audiences (KU Core 2.1) (3)

JMC 309: Data Storytelling (3)

Minor Course (3)

KU Core GE 3.N (3)

Non-JMC General Elective (3)

Spring Total: 15 hours

JMC 320: Intro to Strat Comm (3)

JMC 201/534/590 Diversity (3)

Minor Course (3)

KU Core AE 4.1 (3)

Non-JMC General Elective (3)

Fall Total: 15 hours

JMC 420: Principles of Advertising & P.R. (3)

JMC 460: Research Methods (3)

Minor Course (3)

KU Core AE 4.2 (3)

Non-JMC General Elective (3)

Spring Total: 15 hours

JMC 560: Message Development (3)

JMC elective (2)

JMC Tech Tools (1)

Minor Course (3)

KU Core AE 4.1 or 4.2 (3)

Non-JMC General Elective (3)

Fall Total: 15 hours

JMC 640: Strategic Campaigns (KU Core G6) (3)

JMC 408: Media Law and Ethics (KU Core G5) (3)

Minor Course (3)

Non-JMC General Elective (3)

Non-JMC General Elective (3)

Spring Total: 15 hours

JMC Elective (3)

JMC Elective (3)

Minor Course (3)

Non-JMC General Elective (3)

Non-JMC General Elective (3)

Multimedia Journalism

Fall Total: 15 hours

JMC 101: Media and Society (KU Core 3.S) (3)

JMC 104: Writing Essentials (KU Core 2.1) (3)

Minor Course (3)

KU Core GE 3.H (3)

Non-JMC General Elective (3)

Spring Total: 15 hours

JMC 300: Visual Storytelling (2)

JMC 302: Information Exploration (KU Core 1.1) (3)

JMC Tech Tools (1)

KU Core GE 1.2 (3)

KU Core GE 2.2 (3)

Non-JMC General Elective (3)

Fall Total: 15 hours

JMC 304: Media Writing for Audiences (KU Core 2.1) (3)

JMC 309: Data Storytelling (3)

Minor Course (3)

KU Core GE 3.N (3)

Non-JMC General Elective (3)

Spring Total: 15 hours

JMC 415: Multimedia Reporting (3)

JMC 419: Multimedia Editing (3)

Minor Course (3)

KU Core AE 4.1 (3)

Non-JMC General Elective (3)

Fall Total: 15 hours

J551/2/3: Digital Media (3)

JMC 201/534/590: Diversity (3)

Minor Course (3)

KU Core AE 4.2 (3)

Non-JMC General Elective (3)

Spring Total: 15 hours

JMC Advance Media Lab (3)

JMC elective (2)

JMC Tech Tools (1)

Minor Course (3)

KU Core AE 4.1 or 4.2 (3)

Non-JMC General Elective (3)

Fall Total: 15 hours

JMC Capstone (3)

JMC Media Law and Ethics (KU Core 5.1) (3)

JMC Elective (3)

Minor Course (3)

Non-JMC General Elective (3)

Spring Total: 15 hours

JMC Elective (3)

JMC Elective (3)

Minor Course (3)

Non-JMC General Elective (3)

Non-JMC General Elective (3)

Media Arts and Production

Fall Total: 15 Hours

JMC 101: Media and Society (KU Core 3.S) (3)

JMC 104: Writing Essentials (KU Core 2.1) (3)

Minor Course (3) 

KU Core GE 3.H (3)

Non-JMC General Elective (3)

 

Spring Total: 15 Hours

JMC 300: Visual Storytelling (2)

JMC 302: Information Exploration (KU Core 1.1) (3)

JMC Tech Tools (1)

KU Core GE 1.2 (3)

KU Core GE 2.2 (3)

Non-JMC General Elective (3)

Fall Totals: 15 Hours

JMC 304: Media Writing for Audiences (KU Core 2.1) (3)

JMC 309: Data Storytelling (3)

JMC 260: Agency 1 (3)

Minor Course (3)

Non-JMC General Elective (3)

Spring Totals: 15 Hours

JMC 340: Creative Concepting (3)

JMC 345: Audience Experience (3)

Minor Course (3)

KU Core AE 4.1 (3)

Non-JMC General Elective (3)

Fall Total: 15 Hours

JMC Advanced Elective (3)

JMC 201/534/590 Diversity (3)

Minor Course (3)

KU Core AE 4.2 (3)

Non-JMC General Elective (3)

Spring Total: 15 Hours

JMC Advanced Elective (3)

JMC elective (2)

JMC Tech Tools (1)

Minor Course (3)

KU Core AE 4.1 or 4.2 (3)

Non-JMC General Elective (3)

Fall Total: 15 Hours

JMC Capstone (3)

JMC 408: Media Law and Ethics (KU Core 5) (3)

KU Core AE 6 (3)

Minor Course (3)

Non-JMC General Elective (3)

Spring Total: 15 hours

JMC Elective (3)

JMC Elective (3)

Minor Course (3)

Non-JMC General Elective (3)

Non-JMC General Elective (3)


Policies

All students admitted to the J-School must do the following in order to remain in the J-School and in good standing:

Complete J101 with a grade of 2.0 or higher, AND

Maintain a 2.5 KU grade-point average and a 2.5 journalism grade-point average

Students failing to meet the conditions above are placed on probation for one semester. If a student does not raise their cumulative and journalism grade-point averages to 2.5, they will be dropped from the J-School. If the student improves their GPA to the 2.5 KU/journalism grade-point-average and would like to be re-admitted to the J-school, they should contact their Advisor.

Additionally, students must also pass all J-School Concentration core classes with a grade of C (2.0) or better.

Access the Grade Appeal Policy here.

You are a candidate for retroactive withdrawal if one or more of the following is true:

  • You are the victim of a documented administrative error that affected your enrollment in one or more courses.
  • You enrolled in KU coursework but did not attend any of your classes because you were enrolled full time at another academic institution.
  • You have documentation of a serious illness that affected your ability to complete all of your coursework after the withdrawal date.
  • You encountered documented extreme and unusual circumstances which a) were beyond your control, b) occurred after the withdrawal date, and c) could not have been addressed during the term in which the course(s) was taken.
  • You received absolutely no feedback on your performance in the course before the last day to withdrawal from the course.
  • If you’d like to learn more about this process, contact Journalism Student Services at jadvising@ku.edu.

Students are encouraged to complete the undergraduate degree in four years or less. Students experiencing a break in enrollment may return within five years of the last class they attended as an enrolled undergraduate journalism student and complete their coursework under the requirements in place at the time they left. They must maintain continuous enrollment to finish their coursework after they re-enroll. If it has been longer than five years, students may be readmitted under the current degree requirements in place when they return.