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Academic rules

In addition to the University academic regulations, SJMC students working toward a B.A. degree in Journalism and Mass Communication are required to maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.25 in both their cumulative (CUM) and journalism (JMC) coursework during any semester after the student has completed 30 credit hours.

Before 30 credits hours are met:

  • Students falling below a 2.0 in either JMC or CUM but still meeting the University regulations will be placed on SJMC probation. This probation should be viewed as a warning to improve academically or continuing in SJMC is in jeopardy.
  • Students falling below a 2.0 GPA CUM and placed on first probation or final probation with the University regulations will be placed on SJMC probation, which could lead to discontinuance in the SJMC.
  • If a SJMC student is academically suspended from the University, the student may not continue in SJMC or re-enroll in SJMC later.
  • Transfer students completing fewer than 15 credits at Drake will be warned of a low GPA but not be placed on probation.
  • Student transferring into SJMC from another college at Drake must have a CUM of 2.25 to be allowed into the SJMC.

After 30 credits are met:

  • Students who do not achieve the 2.25 GPA in both CUM and JMC will be placed on probationary continuance in SJMC.
  • If the student raises the GPAs above 2.25 the probation is lifted.
  • If the student does not raise both GPAs above 2.25 the subsequent semester after probationary continuance the student may not continue as a journalism student or re-enroll in the future.

An academic load of 18 or more credit hours in a semester requires a 3.00 cumulative grade point average, or a 2.75 average and permission of the faculty Academic Adjustment Committee. Students employed full-time or part-time should carry lighter class loads. At least 40 of the 124 credit hours required for graduation must be in courses numbered 100 or above. The last 30 hours of a student’s program must be taken at Drake University. Twelve hours of credit may be earned on a credit-no credit (no letter grade) basis in courses that are not part of the basic requirements or part of the major and related courses, including courses in the area of concentration. (See the Credit-No Credit Program in the General Information section of the Drake University catalog.) A JMC student may not take a JMC course on a credit-no credit or audit basis, unless the course is only offered credit/no credit. To enroll for any JMC course requiring a prerequisite, the student must have earned a grade of C or higher in the prerequisite course(s). To enroll in any JMC senior-level writing, production or capstone course, a student must have a declared JMC major. Students without appropriate prerequisite courses may be admitted to classes, if there are compelling reasons, by obtaining the consent of the instructor and/or the approval of the Academic Adjustment Committee.

Although assigned an academic adviser, the student is responsible for being familiar with academic regulations and for selecting appropriate courses in the proper sequence to complete degree requirements.

Double majors and double degrees

With careful planning, JMC majors can earn a double major at Drake University. If the second major is in the College of Arts and Sciences, requirements for both majors can usually be satisfied within the 124 hours required to earn a bachelor’s degree. Students interested in completing two majors should consult with the associate dean and their JMC faculty adviser as early as possible. A second major in the schools or colleges other than the College of Arts and Sciences — including a second major in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication — usually requires JMC students to complete more than 124 credit hours. Most require students to earn at least 30 additional hours, which qualify students for a double degree — the B.A. in JMC and a B.A. or B.S. from the other school or college. Students interested in completing two degrees should consult with the associate dean and their JMC faculty adviser as early as possible in their college career.

Transfer students

Transfer students majoring in Journalism and Mass Communication may transfer a maximum of 12 JMC credit hours.