The mission of the Department of the Journalism is to foster in its students the skills, values, and practices associated with professional journalism and strategic communication; to further their understanding of how those attributes intersect with local, national, and global citizenship; to demand critical thinking; to challenge them to be the creators of and leaders in a constantly changing communication environment, and to fully engage with diverse audiences.
Enrollment, retention, graduation, and placement
In the spirit of accountability and disclosure, CMU's ACEJMC (Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication)-accredited Department of Journalism is committed to publishing annually its enrollment (Table 1), retention, and graduation information (Table 2) for the public on this website.
Since the 2007-08 academic year (AY), 1,031 students have declared a major in the journalism department. Sixty-one percent (N = 632) have persisted as majors. Eighty-one percent (N = 514) of continuing majors have graduated from departmental programs in an average of 2.25 years since signing major. In AY 2014-15, 109 new students, who have signed majors since August 15, 2013, will join 119 continuing majors.
It should be noted that the department serves hundreds of interdisciplinary majors and hundreds of minors, but for purposes of this report, the focus is on declared JRN-designated majors.