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
CMU's Department of Journalism, part of the College of Communications and Fine Arts, is one of only two nationally accredited mass communications programs in Michigan. As part of the standards issued by ACEJMC (Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication), retention, graduation and placement information is to be made available to the public on this website.
Most of the information is compiled by CMU's Office of Institutional Research and represents the best available data for each category. The placement category represents a combination of department-gathered information and First Destination Survey results.
Number of majors
At the end of academic year 2016-2017, the department had 248 majors across its four sequences. Those include advertising, journalism, photo-journalism, and journalism-public relations. In addition, the department has about 70 journalism minors. The program also serves as a key interdisciplinary partner in the Integrated Public Relations program, the Multimedia Design program, and the Public Affairs program. The number of majors has been steady in the past three years, though the emphasis has changed. Advertising is now the single-largest major in the department, followed by journalism, photojournalism, and journalism-PR.