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Magazine majors made their annual recruiting trip to New York City in 2010.

The Magazines major becomes the Magazine Media major in Fall 2015.

Program Overview

The magazine major prepares students to be magazine writers, editors, designers and creative directors. As part of their coursework, students:

  • Write magazine articles for consumer, trade and organization magazines
  • Work as staff members for the nationally award-winning
    515 Magazine, Think Magazine and other titles and Web sites published through the E.T. Meredith Center for Magazine Studies
  • Produce a business plan and design for a magazine of their own
  • In recent years, students have also produced magazines for the Annie E. Casey Foundation on the Making Connections initiative in Des Moines, on the issue of prisoner re-entry in Iowa, and early childhood education in Iowa.
  • Unique to Drake: Drake is one of the few private, liberal arts colleges to provide a full four- year sequence for magazines. Our competition comes from larger schools such as Northwestern, the University of Missouri at Columbia and the University of Kansas.

Many magazine majors also work outside of classes on the nationally award-winning Drake Magazine or The Annual.

Learn more at the web site of the Magazine Studies department.

View the E.T. Meredith Center for Magazine Studies Facebook page.

Degree Options and Program Size

  • B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication
  • About 100 students are enrolled in the magazine program. The average class size is 15.

Graduate School

Students who complete majors in the SJMC generally opt to work in the field after graduation rather than going directly to graduate school. However, about 7% of SJMC graduates annually opt for additional study, often in law school.

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