Majors in journalism and mass communication are required to achieve a departmental GPA of 2.00 and an overall GPA of 2.25 for 128 semester hours, including 65 hours of liberal arts and sciences; they must take all the courses in the departmental common core: JMC 100, 102, 201, 310 or 351, 342, 488 and 495.
Before enrolling in JMC 102 Creating Media Messages, a student must make satisfactory scores on the Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling exam. Majors must have a SAT Verbal score of 550, an ACT English score of 24, or pass the GPS Exam with a score of 70. To schedule a time to take the GPS Exam, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 325-674-2296.
Degree plans in each field include academic and practical experience. In addition to on-campus media experience, students are required to complete an internship. They have the opportunity to work in internships at the Abilene Reporter-News, local radio and television stations, local advertising agencies or public relations departments. Summer internships have been done by recent graduates in Washington, D.C., Nashville, Oklahoma City, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, Abilene, Seattle, Austin, Atlanta, New York, Colorado Springs, Honolulu and Los Angeles.
All majors are strongly encouraged to be active members of at least one chapter of the department's nationally affiliated professional societies or associations.
A freshman's schedule is affected by many factors: high school grades, SAT or ACT scores, other diagnostic tests, advanced placement, major field choice, work schedule, etc. Consult the department chair or adviser for help in scheduling and degree planning. Courses should be taken in the order approved by a departmental adviser.
JMC Attendance and Grade Policies
Value of Attendance:
The JMC faculty values attendance at every class session. We believe students with superior attendance perform better than students with average or poor attendance. The teacher may require student to produce documentation of absence causes. Penalties will be imposed for excessive absences unless they are caused by:
- Serious illness of the student.
- Death or critical illness in immediate family.
- Approved university off-campus activities.
- Other absolutely unavoidable occurrences.
Students whose absences do not meet above criteria may be penalized:
- 5 MWF absences = minus one letter grade
- 4 MW or TR absences = minus one letter grade
- 2 one-day-a-week classes = minus one letter grade
Withdrawals Tied to Absences:
When a student's absences reach these levels, including university approved absences, the student will be withdrawn from the class:
- 9 MWF classes,
- or 6 MW or TR classes,
- or 3 one-day-a-week classes, the student will be dropped from the class regardless of the reasons for the absences. The grade will be WP if the absences fit the criteria described under "Value of Attendance." Otherwise the grade will be WF.
University Activity Participation:
Under university policy, a student who is required to miss a class to participate in a school activity by the academic administration will not be penalized by the teacher for missing that class. The student should not be penalized for the absence approved under this policy if he or she has satisfactorily made up the missed work within the time limit and in the say agreed upon by the student and the professor. Each professor may, but is not required to, drop a student from his or her class for nonattendance (absences in excess of 20 percent of the total meetings of the class) or for disruptive behavior in classrooms.